ICNYC Student Reflections

Students in the ICNYC program share their experiences and insights from one of the greatest cities in the world.

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NBC game

This post was written by Sam Kuperman '16, a journalism major.

The game was a blowout from the start. The Knicks, to no one’s surprise, were getting absolutely dismantled by LeBron James and the Cavs. The fans that attended this Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden had their hopes of a somewhat decent basketball game were ruined by midway through the first quarter. As for the media, our afternoon was only getting started.

While there is almost always some sort of hype surrounding a game in which the best basketball player in the world takes part, the hype on this game was centered around two other Cleveland players. Those two players, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, brought in a media frenzy that MSG will probably be without for the rest of the NBA season. Smith and Shumpert were traded from New York to Cleveland earlier this season, and this was their first game back at the world’s most famous arena. With the media attention focused on these players, this game wasn’t really about the game itself. It was all about the postgame; a postgame that I would be right in the middle of.

As an intern at New York One, New York City’s Time Warner Cable 24 hour news station, I worked to produce highlights of New York area sporting events that we use on our nightly sports talk show, Sports on One. Between highlights, scoreboards, and screening callers for the show, a typical shift from 6:30 p.m. - 12: 30 a.m. was always busy. You never know what will happen, what new stories will break, and how the games will shape up in terms of putting together clips.

That’s what I love though. I live for sports, and aspire to one day be on air, covering and talking about sports for a living. A lot of what it takes to make it on air requires knowledge of all sides of sports broadcast, especially the less glamorous behind-the-scenes parts. On this day however, I had the chance to do what I hope I will one day get paid to do -- to cover professional sports.

Throughout the game, a game in which the Knicks trailed by as many as thirty points, my attention was focused on the looming postgame coverage that I would be a part of. I had already helped cover postgame for NY1 since my internship first began over three weeks beforehand, but this, for sure, would be the largest media scrum I would participate in to date. My anticipations were correct, as after the game members of the media from all over the country were led to a corridor between the home and visiting locker rooms. There reporters from all over world would jockey for position to get the best shot and closest position to the three men of the hour, Smith, Shumpert, and, of course, LeBron James. Our shooter for NY1 did a great job of finding a spot to get a clear camera angle of the players coming out for interviews as I moved my way through the crowd in order to get close enough to both hold the microphone up to the players to ask a question.

The question I was going to ask Smith and Shumpert was something I thought about before the game even started (it wasn’t like the result of the game was relevant here). I wanted to know how the two players would compare the two first-year coaches they have played for this season, Derek Fisher of the Knicks and David Blatt of the Cavaliers. I felt this was relevant considering the struggles the Knicks have faced this season under Fisher. While personally I understand that Fisher doesn’t have much (if any) talent to work with, I wanted to get the perspective from two former players. After about thirty minutes of anticipation Smith and Shumpert came out of the locker room, made their way to the makeshift podium, and were ready to face the media.

After about two minutes of questions from a variety of media members, both local and national, I found my time to ask my question. I directed my question to both players, as they were standing together for this interview. When the time came I asked “You guys have played for two different first-year head coaches this season, both with completely different career paths. How would you compare the coaching styles of Derek Fisher and David Blatt?” After taking a few seconds to ponder it over Shumpert answered me, saying how the coaches are “actually very similar,” as he noted how they are “both very positive,” when it comes to coaching and encouraging their players.

While it would make sense for me to be very star struck and in awe considering the fact that I just asked a question to two professional basketball players in this type of environment, I would be lying to you if I said I was fazed. To be honest, with all of the practice I have gotten up at Ithaca between my work covering sports for WICB, ICTV, and ESPN Ithaca, this felt no different than interviewing a Central New York high school football coach after a game. Okay, so I was a little star struck when LeBron followed up Smith and Shumpert but then again who wouldn’t be? The point here is that this wasn’t about the fact that I got to interview these players more so than it was about how the skills I have learned up at school were translated to a real world environment, which is really the whole point of the ICNYC program.

You could really study anywhere in the world to get college credit. You could sight see, explore different cultures, and go to a warm climate and get the same amount of credits as I am taking this semester. The difference however, is that getting to put your skills on display in New York City is different than doing so anywhere else in the world. Sure there are plenty of other programs out there that encapsulate the idea of fulfilling an internship as a college student, but there is nothing like doing this in the biggest city in the world. Whatever field you aspire to go into, having the chance to showcase it under the bright lights of the Big Apple is really the experience of a lifetime. 

I still have another half a semester to go before my time as a student in New York City will conclude. I still have plenty of hours at NY1 to complete. Be that as it may, I have already come to appreciate how incredible this experience has been. The way I see it this program is only a stepping stone for me as I work to get to where I one day want to be. Rest assured though, this will be a semester I never will forget, and I am thankful for that opportunity.

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Carin Pracht (left) working at her internship with NYU Langone Medical Center

Ithaca College senior Health Care Management student Carin Pracht is interning with NYU Langone Medical Center this fall through the ICNYC program. She will share some of her experiences of living and working in New York City in this blog. Check back for updates.

Timing can be everything when it comes to jump-starting a career. You can study hard and love your field, but sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Over the past semester in New York City I learned this lesson in, fortunately, a positive way. I’ve had the chance to work on significant projects that I could only experience in the city, at this point in time.

Most of my work with NYU Langone Medical Center is centered around a project to increase the center’s meaningful use statistics. Currently, NYU and its physicians are reimbursed from Medicare and Medicaid through an EHR Incentive Program. In order to continue receiving the highest returns, NYU and other hospitals like it have to show they’re making strides towards connecting with patients through use of EHR technology to improve patient care.

One way they do this is by offering an electronic patient portal, which allows patients to communicate with their physician electronically. If the doctors don’t meet certain criteria they miss out on CMS money. In the eyes of physicians this is a huge deal.

My job is to make sure people sign up for the electronic portal and communicate with the Multiple Sclerosis Center Team. I started out by conducting a survey to discover what patients like and dislike about the system. In the past, they received a sheet of paper after an appointment with an activation code and website URL, but most people just threw it away. I’ve been sitting down with patients to assist them in signing up and sending test messages. Patients are more comfortable after we walk through the process and we’ve had unprecedented success. When I started, the use of electronic messaging was around 5% and now we’re up to 30%, with some physicians even reaching 50%.

I’ve also been fortunate to work closely with policymakers from the hospital and Department of Health who are shaping the infectious disease policy and procedure since the Ebola virus appeared in the US. I was able to act as a secret shopper and visit floors in the ambulatory care center presenting as a patient infected with Ebola. I helped make sure they were following the right procedures and asking the right questions. In a way, I like to think I helped contain the spread of the disease throughout New York City. From now on, at any hospital I go to, I can say I was a part of the policy creation that is enacted at all hospitals across New York State.

I was given these experiences because I was in the right place at the right time. It just so happened that I was in New York City during the Ebola hype and for meaningful use roll out. Based on my experiences I really do hope more students take advantage of ICNYC program. Going to London and studying abroad can be valuable, but at the same time if you have desires to work in healthcare or physical therapy and want to stay in the US, you're not networking with people who can help you later in life.

In the city, you meet so many different people. I've had five different interviews that my supervisors helped set up. New York City is at the center of everything. So no matter what you want to do, chances are there's a headquarters or somebody here knows somebody where you want to end up working. I can honestly say that the ICNYC Program has been the best experience I have had during my time at Ithaca College.

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The following post was written by Giulia Dwight, a senior Communication Management and Design major.

There is something about New York City that has always fascinated me. Maybe it’s the way that it always has something to give. Maybe it’s the way that people don’t stop, the lights don’t go off, the trains run all night… everything moves, constantly. So when at IC we were told they were starting a new program which would allow us to spend a semester in NYC, I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity. I moved to New York on May 23rd with 5 suitcases and desire to live, learn, explore. A few days later my friends moved in as well and by the end of the month I was settled in and taking the L train to Union Square, switching to the NQR and getting off at Herald Square to head to my new desk on 6th Ave and 37th St. That desk is now the old one. The new one is at 2 Penn Plaza at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

I knew since I was just a kid that I would one day live and work in the big city. Every time I came on vacation I looked at all the beautiful women in black dresses and Louboutin pumps walking the streets next to men in suits – who knows what wonderful careers they had. I looked at my boots, my warm red jacket and my blue jeans and dreamed about the day I too would live that life. Obviously I am not there yet. Internship pay will buy me a pair of shoes in ChinaTown (jk, I can afford to stop by Century 21 at times) and my friends don’t wear suits. But it doesn’t bother me at all, because when I wake up I have a reason to try and be a little better than the day before, work a little harder, improve my makeup, fill up my schedule, look professional, be healthy. There is something about the opportunity to be here that makes me want to give 200% each day, whether it comes to my professional, my educational, or my social life. Everywhere I go, at whatever time of day, I feel the energy of 8million people showing me that being here is my one shot at getting the life I want.

I talk to my friends about being here and we all take away something different from it. We all see the upsides and the downsides of being here, and although the idea is generally similar (free museum nights, concerts and plays in the park, the most amazing variety of good food), the small things are very individual. For example, I like taking the L train in the morning, during rush hour; no matter how packed and uncomfortably close to each we have to stand, there is a certain unspoken etiquette that leaves me speechless. I like getting out of the gym on 19th, walking to Whole Foods to grab a bite to eat, and sitting on the footsteps of Union Square for a while. I have met some of the most interesting people on those footsteps; I even networked on those footsteps. Then it comes to the things that I don’t like so much… no matter how many people I meet every day, I do realize that my closest friends are miles away. Some coffee costs $3 a cup, and even though I would gladly make it myself before leaving for work, the size of my kitchen (which is also a laundry room and a bathroom) just makes me change my mind.

I don’t think that everyone is made for this city. It takes a lot of energy and a little bit of insanity to like it here. But I do think that this city is for everyone. No matter what you like and what you do, you will find people to share it with. At one point I considered doing a program somewhere else. I am incredibly glad I ended up deciding on ICNYC. Thank you Ithaca College, this has truly been the most educational, exciting, frustrating, and motivating experience so far.

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I got Nick Carter's autograph!

Ithaca College senior Health Care Management student Carin Pracht is interning with NYU Langone Medical Center this fall through the ICNYC program. She will share some of her experiences of living and working in New York City in this blog. Check back for updates.

My ICNYC experience didn’t start in a cab or a subway or a bus. It started in a limousine.

Moving to New York City isn’t like moving to any other town. You can’t just rent a U-Haul and pull in front of your apartment to drop off your boxes. To get all my stuff from Buffalo, my mom and I took an Amtrak train with four large suitcases, four smaller suitcases, and one piece of carry-on luggage.

Our train was supposed to arrive in New York at 6 p.m. but it was delayed and we didn’t get into Penn Station until 2:30 a.m. When we went to get a cab, we found out a limo would cost $25 and a cab $30. So, naturally, we decided to take the limo. Not a bad way to start your semester.

It’s interesting, people talk about New York City and how it’s all hustle and bustle but – and I don’t want to say there is no settling period – but there is no settling period. You quickly adopt the mentality of go-go-go and learn to adapt to whatever may come your way. I found myself acting and feeling like a true New Yorker in no time. My turning point was when I was able to give directions to another person!

I am living in apartments that were suggested by IC. Let me tell you that the location is absolutely perfect! Times Square is a five-minute walk, Central Park a 30 minute jog, the ICNYC Center is an eight-minute walk, and of course Macy’s is a three-minute walk. It’s also right near my internship at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. My room is cozy and I get to live with girls from all over the world. My best friends ended being from Alabama and Lithuania!

It was pretty easy to get a room; I just had to be proactive. I sent my application in about May for moving in at the end of August. There’s a waiting list but I found out in June that I had the room. I think this is the cheapest place to live in the city with my room costing about $1260 a month. However, you get so much for your money. They have maids that come in and make your bed, deliver clean linens weekly, a security guard, and there’s a dining room that serves two decent meals each day. It is awesome to come home from work and already have a decent dinner waiting.

I’ve tried to explore the city but you quickly realize you’re never going to be able to do everything. I went to Good Morning America and got Nick Carter’s autograph (see picture). I have loved him since his Backstreet Boys days! I also saw Leonardo DiCaprio, did some window shopping at Tiffany & Co., ate at the famous Shake Shack, fell in the ocean at Coney Island, became a screaming fan in Lenny Kravitz’s new music video, and went to the Global Citizen Concert for free to see Carrie Underwood, Jay-Z, Beyonce, No Doubt, and Fun. There is never a dull moment and this city truly never sleeps.

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Devin at her CNBC internship.

Devin Hance spent the spring 2014 semester in the ICNYC program, interning at CNN and CNBC. She is a junior Television-Radio major and will continue to intern at CBNC this summer.

So far this spring I have had the pleasure of interning at CNN and CNBC all semester. When I got the phone calls from these networks I could not believe what I was hearing. So I eagerly accepted both internship opportunities hoping that each network would give me days that did not conflict. CNN requested me on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and CNBC asked me to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. So my schedule worked out perfectly.

At CNN I started my internship journey with Showbiz Tonight. For a girl who loves keeping up to date with entertainment news, I was excited to contribute to this show. I learned so much about the editorial side of things. It was my job to go to the morning meetings and help pitch story ideas, book and greet the guests for the day, and research and add fun elements to each block of the show. Once it was show time, it was my job to print the scripts for our anchor, AJ Hammer, and make sure everything and everyone was where it needed to be. Greeting celebrity guests was very exciting form me. One of my favorite celebrities that I greeted was Meat Loaf. He was full of career and life advice, and even asked if I wanted a picture with him (which of course I did!).

My first month with Showbiz was so fast-pace and fun, but unfortunately in February, after 9 years, Showbiz got taken off the air. I was sad because I really loved the team I was working with but it was also a good learning experience for me learn that things like this constantly happen in the TV industry. The world of TV is constantly changing. My intern agreement with CNN allowed me to still stay with the network until April so once Showbiz was officially over, I got moved to Jane Velez-Mitchell show. I was nervous to start with an entire new team but it was an awesome experience. Unlike Showbiz Tonight, which was taped then sent to air, Jane Velez-Mitchell show was live every weekday at 7 p.m. Jane gave me an inside look of what it takes to put together a live-one hour-show segment. She always gave me excellent feedback and challenged me with new tasks, including writing a draft for one of her stories.

Over at CNBC I am the digital department intern. Every day I am either in the control room or out doing a field shoot with reporters. They make me feel like I am a part of the team. I get to edit packages, pitch ideas, shoot footage, and execute my own ideas. I also help with a lot of the online content and work with the producers on all the digital shows that CNBC produces. It has by far been the best experience I could ask for with an internship. Everyone at CNBC is so welcoming and willing to teach me. They asked me to stay on and intern with them until August, and I could not be happier!

Through my work there with numerous reporters, I also had the opportunity to work with Ithaca College alumna Kelli Grant. I was so happy to discover she is a fellow Bomber. She has been wonderful, and is always there to talk to and give advice. I love working with her.

One of my favorite days at CNBC was when they sent me out on Wall Street to pull sound bites from people on the street for a package we were putting together. It was a great experience. I am not a journalism student, so this experience taught me a lot about what it takes to go out and be a reporter.  I had to educate myself on the topic and make sure I sounded credible. I never imagined I would be working in the area of business and financial news until I began working here ... and now I love it!

I am so thankful for the ICNYC program. Ithaca truly has allowed me to succeed beyond belief. I am eager to return to campus in the fall for my senior year and share all my experiences. Then I plan to participate in the ICNYC program again next spring.



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