Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Internship Experience at News 12 by David Balick

Something that was particularly interesting to me and that other students may also find interesting is just how much goes into putting together a news broadcast. With the help of others, I put together a short mock broadcast and filmed it so that I now have that for my portfolio going forward. However, just piecing together this 3-minute piece took the work of at least six people. First the footage that we use needs to be shot and edited into a piece. We then need to write a script for each of these stories that we are including as well as a script for closing and endings. We also need to add any graphics, credits or copyrights to each of these stories as they are needed. This process alone takes hours at least and can be days depending on the length of the stories.

After this comes actually shooting the piece. For this you need the actual on air talent who may or may not be also controlling the prompter... a cameraman, a producer, and a director. This is entirely a team effort even if you only see one person on screen, and a mistake by one is felt by the whole team.

The other part of this that I didn’t fully understand is how difficult it is to simply read the news, particularly in the case of sports. The professionals make it look easy to read a script while going through highlights but it is actually very difficult to time exactly what you are saying with what is going on on the screen because it is actually very difficult to read and watch a television at the same time. However, I loved every minute of this experience and cannot wait to get the chance to do it again soon. I cannot thank News 12 enough for this awesome experience.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Internship Experience at Sony Music Entertainment by Brittany Penichet

Depending on who you ask, some might say the music industry is failing, others might say, with artists like Adele; there will always be a music industry. To go into the entertainment industry, not just the music industry is already a risky move—since the entertainment industry is always changing. But for those who want to take that risk, it is better to go big or go home. That is why I decided to intern at one of the top three record labels in the world, and one of the most renowned companies worldwide: Sony.

One of the plus sides to working in an entertainment company like Sony, the office space is relaxed and casual. Additionally, generally the people working there mimic the office setting—meaning they are usually super chill and awesome to talk with. Since I worked in the music side of Sony, a lot of the office was decorated with pictures of the artists, as well as props the artists used, like 1D’s famous photo booth pictured below. As well as neat pictures made by well-known companies like Obey.

Like I said, deciding to enter this type of industry is a risk in itself; however, if you decide to take this risk, you won’t be disappointed with what you learn. I interned in the International Marketing department. Despite its name, I actually did more than just marketing; I was able to handle product information and higher level responsibility information. Of course this didn’t come in until later during my internship when I built a good relationship with my bosses and they knew that they could trust me. By working in this environment, I was able to practice and hone my “networking” skills, by not even realizing it. This environment was laid-back, so it was easy to build relationships with one another. Also, I was able to further my knowledge of excel, using analytic and organizational skills. Even though that sounds boring, I was also able to use creativity by helping choose quotes from major magazines for artists that would be later used for publicity etc. But all these types of jobs came to me because I always asked my three bosses if they ever needed help with anything, which showed I was willing to work and learn as much as possible.  


Doing internships, no matter what the industry/field, is important because it gives you real-world knowledge of what to expect in future jobs. School helps build a foundation for you to get internships, but school can’t teach you what your future job will be like. Only companies can, which means you need to intern. Doing an internship does take time and effort, but in the long run, it is worth it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

VICE Summer Fellowship

Two lucky students will have the opportunity to intern at the VICE offices in Brooklyn for eight weeks during the summer (June 6 – July 29, 2016) and will have opportunities to engage with other media organizations, arranged by the Center for Communication. The fellowship will cover travel, housing, and offer a $5,000 stipend for each fellow.

While at VICE, fellows will receive individual instruction and guidance from award‐ winning journalists, producers, and editors. Fellows will also have access to VICE’s state of the art edit suites, production studios and will be encouraged to create and present their own work for review at the end of the program. The Center will also organize three On Location events for the fellows to serve as an introduction to the NYC media landscape.

The fellowship deadline is Monday, February 22 by Midnight EST. If this sounds like you, click here to apply!

Please send any questions about the fellowship to fellowship@centerforcommunication.org.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Considering JVC?

Have you ever thought about joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation? If so, here are a few links to resources that may help you discern.
  • Interviewing resources – This page provides helpful tips, suggestions, and insight about the screening and placement process, as well as more information about the JVC program
  • JV Profiles – Hear from current Jesuit Volunteers about learn about where they work, why they committed to JVC, and stories about their JVC experience
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network “Voices for Justice” Blog: A few current Jesuit Volunteers share about their experience working for justice on this ISN blog series.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Alumni Spotlight: Richard Ramsundar, FCLC '15

Today's Alumni Spotlight is on Richard Ramsundar, a FCLC 2015 grad. After graduation, Richard connected with an organization called Amerson Year in China. Through this organization, Richard has had the opportunity to work and travel at the same time. Richard is currently serving as an Educational Ambassador through AYC. He creates and publishes weekly videos about his experience living and working in China in order to share his experience. If you're considering an international move for after graduation, you'll definitely want to check them out on the AYC YouTube channel, or shoot him an email at  raramsundar@gmail.com.

Hello everyone! My name is Richard and like many of you, I'm a part of the Fordham community. I graduated with the class of 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and I currently work in China as an English teacher at the Number 1 Middle School of Li County. Like many of you, I also had doubts and fears about career paths after graduating. I had no idea whether to plunge headfirst into my intended career or to go to graduate school. One thing I did know is that I wanted to travel and work at the same time. I found an organization called Ameson Year in China, otherwise known as AYC. The organization offered me training and also placed me at my current school. I teach grade one high school students and absolutely love my job. Each month, I create a video blog to give everyone a unique perspective of the reality of living, working and traveling in a different country. If any of you want to know more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.