IMC students intern at top advertising and PR agencies, like Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubican, and Ruder Finn.
Pete James ‘16 Interns at “Conan” in Los Angeles
Pete James ‘16, is currently finishing up an internship with “Conan,” a late-night talk show that airs Monday-Thursday on TBS. Pete is an IMC major currently finishing up a semester in Los Angeles as a part of the ICLA program. He’s truly been making the most of his time on the West Coast, taking in the sights and sounds of LA while setting the groundwork for life after college.
Pete’s internship at “Conan” is just a jaunt from the ICLA residences in Burbank, making the morning commute a rather pleasurable walk in Los Angeles’ seemingly ever-gorgeous weather. Once on site, the internship itself encompasses a variety of duties. “I do anything they need me to do,” Pete said about his duties. “I answer phones and distribute mail, but then I also get to run fun errands off the Warner Bros lot and sit in on the show’s rehearsals every day after lunch. It’s cool to see the planning that goes into each show, plus Conan casually shreds on the guitar throughout rehearsal.”
Pete had a variety of offers for internships in LA but eventually selected “Conan” for a couple of reasons. “The number one reason why I picked ‘Conan’ was because I’ve been a huge fan for many years,” Pete explained. “I wanted to experience something different. I’m an IMC major with a production internship, so it’s definitely a lot different from interning at an advertising or public relations agency.”
Unlike many other internships ICLA students have, Pete is one of many interns at “Conan.” He sees this as a benefit rather than a drawback. “One of the best parts of the internship is hanging out with other interns all day. I’ve made many friends and connections for the future.”
Pete really feels LA has prepared him to dive into the professional world after college. “LA is definitely an option after graduation,” he said. “Senior year is your last year before the real world, so it’s nice to have experience living in LA even before I graduate. It is going to make the transition from college to real world a lot easier.”
All internships and programs aside, Pete simply had a great semester in LA, and he’s not afraid to put it in the faces of those of us who braved the snowy Ithaca winter. “LA is great. I’m glad I went for the spring semester when Ithaca had one of the longest winters in a long time. Good food, good friends, and great experiences have made for one of the best semesters of my college career.”