HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014 – Musical razors, hot dog juggling and skateboarding dogs: these types of oddities fill the days of High Point University senior Britton Nagy, who is interning with the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman in New York City.
A Charlotte native, Nagy is a human interest intern in the Late Show’s Talent Department. She assists with pre-production research, planning and day-of production for the show’s “Stupid Human Tricks” and “Stupid Pet Tricks” segments. She also researches potential human interest guests and sets up backstage dressing rooms for celebrity and musical guests.
“I have always been interested in the talk-show environment,” Nagy says. “My time with the Late Show has given me the opportunity to not only learn the ins and outs of this type of production, but to really contribute to the team. I am so thankful to have been a part of the final season with such an iconic late-night television host.”
This isn’t the first time Nagy has worked for a major television station; she has previously worked for American Idol, the NBC News channel, and season two of the Lifetime series Preacher’s Daughters.
As a communication major with a concentration in electronic media at HPU, Nagy also had the opportunity to produce the senior short film “Passengers” during her junior year. She credits Jim Goodman, assistant professor of media production who leads the senior film class, for believing in her abilities and providing an environment in which her talents and abilities could flourish.
“The lessons, production opportunities, recommendation letters and overall guidance and encouragement from Professor Goodman have been absolutely crucial throughout my time as an HPU student,” she adds.
Nagy has also had the rare opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; as the 2014 Pulitzer Fellowship recipient, she recently traveled to Norway to research and report about the prison system there. Thus far, she has published three articles through the Pulitzer Center for her fellowship.
After she graduates in May 2015, Nagy plans to search for opportunities around the world to produce for film or television.