For the past week and a half I have not been at my internship but I have been in Los Angeles, California with High Point’s Media Fellow Program. High Point University’s Media Fellows Program gives students global perspectives and real-world experiences in the media industry. This program creates a living-learning community for 16 communication majors each year. As a member of the inaugural class I am very excited to out on one of the program’s first trips.
So far we have had some great experiences meeting with industry professionals and getting a behind the scenes look at the business. We have had the chance to go to a filming of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and meet with Bruce Evans, Senior Vice President of Current Series at NBC. Mr. Evans was able to tell us about how he brings all of the different departments together in order to help produce successful television series.
Most recently we enjoyed a meeting with the some members of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. We were able to talk to them one-on-one about their day-to-day responsibilities and ask questions about how they got their start in the business. One of the panelists was Jacob Fenton who represents celebrities such as Christine Baranski and Sasha Allen. It was fantastic to hear from people who started in the mailroom and now hold very high-level positions.
This trip has been an invaluable resource in giving us exposure to what our future careers will be like. We have also had the chance to tour the American Film Institute and see the sights of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, and Sunset Blvd. We are looking forward to meeting a few more people and making the most out of our time here!