As the 2008 Summer Olympic Games get underway in Beijing in August, Ithaca College students will experience the action on two continents. One group from the Park School of Communications will intern with NBC Sports: 11 in China plus another 12 at NBC headquarters in New York City. In addition, another 21 students from the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) will intern with the Olympic News Service in Beijing.
Ithaca is one of only seven American colleges and universities sending students to the Olympic News Service (ONS) during the 2008 Olympics; one of only seven where students were recruited to intern for NBC Sports; and the only college or university to send students through both programs.
"Imagine traveling to China, living in the Olympic Media Village, working with the most accomplished journalists in the profession, and spending six weeks in a community of the most extraordinary athletes in the world," says Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. "And," she adds, "how often does a college student get to spend the summer in New York City, working at 30 Rock with the best television producers in the business on one of the greatest events of the year?"
Stephen Mosher, professor of sport management and media, is similarly excited about his HSHP students' upcoming work with the ONS. "Being housed at Ithaca College’s partner Beijing Sport University, the country's leading institutions for training athletes, physical educators, and sport industry professionals, will allow Ithaca students to experience Chinese university culture up close and personal," Professor Mosher says.
The 44 students involved with the Olympic Games this summer are about to embark on a truly unique experience -- one that's perhaps best summed up by this year's Olympic slogan: "One World, One Dream."