Thursday, March 31, 2005

Olympics Internship Applications Now Available


Many of you attended the sessions this week with the NBC Sports representative who was on campus to distribute applications for interns for the 2006 Olympics in Turino, Italy.

If you missed the session, you can pick up an application in the Dean's Office (though if you're a sports media management major, I think you HAD to have attended the session in order to apply).

All applications are due April 15 in the Dean's Office. NBC will return to campus in late April and will interview EVERY applicant. So you'll have a chance to convince them in person as well as on paper.

The internships will run for about six or seven weeks, in late January and throughout February 2006. Interns will stay in the Olympics Media Village and will work as 'runners,' production assistants, and loggers. NBC will help make the arrangements, but interns will have to cover their own costs, including airfare, subsidized housing ($60/night for a double for a room that would typically cost about $200/night), and some food. NBC estimates the total cost at about $2500-$3000.

You should meet with your academic adviser (if you haven't already) to talk about how you can put together a package of independent studies, internship credits, mini-courses and other flexible learning opportunities to ensure that you can still graduate on time. If it's necessary, the Park School will offer a course beginning in mid-March to allow Olympics interns to earn credits; we'll have to see who gets selected and what they need. But in any case, we'll find a way to make this happen for you if you're lucky enough to be chosen.

NBC says they are visiting nine schools, but three of them are hospitality-related, such as Cornell's hotel school. They'll be accepting about 100 interns for the 2006 program.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to be part of the largest global media event in the world, to make new friends, to interact with the nation's most accomplished and famous journalists and sportscasters, and to have the time of your life.

If you're in LA or abroad, let Bonnie know and we'll email you the application. NBC will conduct telephone interviews with you guys.

Yippeee! Wish I were going....


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