When my last week at Comedy Central arrived, I couldn’t believe how fast the summer had gone by. After 11 weeks in a brand new city and working in a completely different field that I was used to, I had begun to feel very at home in New York and built some great relationships with my coworkers. It ended all too soon, and even though I’ve been back in Evanston for a few days now, I still can’t stop thinking about all the amazing experiences I had at this internship.
A lot of the best things that came out of my internship were unrelated to my actual job description. Most of my days were spent researching for new videos for the Daily Show and Colbert Report websites.
I figured out after a little while that working in a digital department might not be exactly where I see career going, and so I figured I should take advantage of the fact that I work in a building with all different departments. I talked with my supervisors and shared my interests in television and productions with them, which turns out to be one of the best decisions I made this summer. By letting the people around me know what I’m interested in, they set me up with some incredible networking opportunities. I got to speak with the Vice President of Development at Comedy Central, a position I didn’t know too much about at first, but I soon realized that’s exactly the career I could see myself in one day.
By talking with my supervisors, I also had the surreal opportunity of sitting in on a writer’s meeting at The Daily Show, which was undoubtedly the most hilarious, talent-filled room I have ever been in. I got to see every aspect of how the show is put together, from pitching, writing, and deliberating, to rehearsal, editing, and the live taping. I felt incredibly lucky that I got to experience this, even though it was outside of my job description. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the opportunities I had this summer, the people I got to work with, and the ways I was able to contribute to the company. For anyone thinking about moving to New York in the future, spending a summer there won’t let you see everything the city has to offer, but it certainly gives you a good picture—and I know I can’t wait to go back!
Bridget Illing is a rising senior majoring in communication studies at Northwestern and interned at Viacom this summer.
Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe less than a week ago I was working on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and now I’m back in Evanston at band camp getting ready for the first home football game.
I absolutely loved my time at Elvis Duran and so highly recommend everyone who is interested apply to work for them. It was really a treat to find that everyone there is as genuine and kind as they seem on-air. In my time there, I got to experience several celebrities come in (including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, & Enrique Inglesias), help produce pieces that made it to air, and meet some people I’m proud to call friends.
Before I left I made sure to take a picture with almost everyone, including Elvis, Danielle, Bethany, & of course Josh. I also got some good advice from Skeery & Greg T, and I know I’ll be back hanging out with them all really soon.
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