NBC Sports Partners with Ithaca College for the XXII Olympic Winter Games

ITHACA, NY — For the fifth straight Olympics, students from Ithaca College will be serving essential behind-the-scenes roles at the world’s biggest athletic event. NBC has selected 34 interns from the college’s Roy H. Park School of Communications to support the network’s coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, being held Feb. 6–23 in Sochi, Russia.

Ithaca joins Syracuse University and Bradley University as the only institutions nationwide with which NBC Sports partners to recruit interns for its Olympics coverage.

“The fact that NBC has recruited our students for every Olympics since 2006 is yet another affirmation of the quality of their educational experience and how well it prepares them for the professional world,” said Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School. “In fact, this has been a banner year for us — from being ranked among the nation’s top 25 film schools by the ‘Hollywood Reporter’ and top 20 journalism programs by ‘NewsPro’ magazine, to WICB-FM being named the best college radio station by Princeton Review and ‘The Ithacan’ earning the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s top award for integrated print and online publications. We take pride in having these 34 students put their knowledge into action working side-by-side with the top sports journalists, producers and technicians in the world.”

25 of the students will serve their intern assignments in or around Sochi, a resort city located on the Black Sea. The remaining nine will be based at the NBC Sports broadcast and production facility in Stamford, Connecticut. Intern duties will range from handling specific events — including ice hockey, figure skating and freestyle skiing — to working in the International Broadcast Center or what’s known as the Highlights Factory, which the network developed to package and distribute coverage through multiple media platforms.

“I’m excited to work with and learn from the NBC professionals,” said Travis Collins, a junior television-radio major from Groton, New York. “It’s going to be a great experience to see one of the biggest sporting events in the world and how everyone comes together to compete for the gold.”

Michael Powers, a junior television-radio major from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, says that he will treasure the experience. “When I was in broadcasting class in high school, I never dreamed I would have this opportunity. Being involved in any facet of the Olympics broadcast is something I will cherish and remember forever.”

“When I was first applying to Ithaca, I learned about the opportunities available with NBC when I saw the group of Vancouver Olympics interns on the cover of a school magazine,” said Courtney Caprara, a junior integrated marketing communications major from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. “Since then, it has been my dream to intern with NBC, and it is amazing to have that dream become a reality.”

Ithaca College students have previously interned at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.

34 students from Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications will intern at the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

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Arlington (Mass.) Patch

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Haddonfield-Haddon Township Patch

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Jefferson Patch

Robert McPhail
Stoughton Patch

Michael Nobile
Wayne Patch

Michael Powers
Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch

Michael Schwartz
Bellmore Patch

Colin Smith
Avon Patch

Gregory Bloom

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Time Warner Cable News

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Lauren Mazzo
Democrat and Chronicle