Melissa Recine (@melissa_recine) is a senior communications major at Pace University – Westchester.
By Melissa Recine
Getting your dream internship is one of the greatest accomplishments of your college career. It’s not always easy to obtain, but with persistent dedication and hard work, it is plausible. It’s natural to be enthusiastic in an environment where you’re sure to have an amazing experience. It is essential to absorb the most that you can while you are there, because it only lasts a semester – and four months will fly by!
I began interning in January 2011 at The Rachael Ray show and just started at LIVE! With Regis and Kelly this past August. I have only been at my current internship for about 3 and a half weeks and I am already having the time of my life. It is truly inspiring watching these producers come up with the most creative ideas for segments and shows. Some producers end up working on two or three projects at once and thus really use the interns to help them out. It is great to feel so important in the production of a live television show.
“Being in the studio is a lot of fun because we get to see the show live… Many times we have to greet the guests and bring them to their dressing rooms or back out to their cars.”
A typical day for an intern begins between seven and eight in the morning. Getting there early is important because the dressing rooms need to be set up, the newspapers handed out, and everything needs to be clean. There always has to be one intern in the office to answer the phones and be available for the producers. They will ask you to get tapes and go through ticket requests. Interns are also responsible for making copies, running minor errands, updating guest lists, checking the ticket confirmation line, and answering comment emails. The days go by fast because there is always something to do. Being in the studio is a lot of fun because we get to see the show live. We stand on the side at the immediate availability for a producer or audience member that has to use the restroom. Many times we have to greet the guests and bring them to their dressing rooms or back out to their cars.
Last Monday, I got the opportunity to follow one of the producers around during the show. I have never learned so much in one day than I did during that show. This was during the first day of Guinness Week so there was an extreme sports team trying to break the record. I had the opportunity to hand the producer cue cards while Regis and Kelly were speaking. I also was there to get necessary things like water bottles, hand towels, or stopwatches. Everything happens so fast that it is important to brainstorm and prepare for anything that may be needed during the show.
The most important thing that I have learned during my internship so far is that it’s better to ask a question than to do something wrong once. I learned this when answering the phones, and someone wanted to speak directly to one of the producers. I was pretty sure I could just transfer them, but to double check I went up to the producer to ask. Turns out, the producer did not know the woman calling and wanted me to take a message. Now, every time someone calls to speak to a producer I ask for all information, put them on hold, and ask the producer for the okay to transfer.
This rule goes for everything. Asking questions from how the printer works to how to burn a DVD are really important to maintain a steady flow in the workplace. There are so many things to learn while at an internship, and it is beneficial to you and the company that you make the most out of your opportunity. My key pieces of advice are show up early, always jump at the chance to help out, never give less than your best, and ask questions! Internships are amazing hands-on experiences and look great on a resume. Work hard and have fun!