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Interning at LIVE! with Regis and Kelly

September 21, 2011

Melissa Recine (@melissa_recine) is a senior communications major at Pace University – Westchester.

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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.

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Melissa's internship is LIVE (and in person!) with Regis and Kelly

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!

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Kristin Lettieri October 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey Melissa! I love your blog , its awesome! So I have been trying to get an internship with either rachel ray or LIVE, and that is when I came across your blog! I was wondering if you could help me giving me a contact for either of the shows! I would greatly appreciate it :) Im see that you have PACE tagged as one of the links… I go to pace too !

Thanks so much,
Kristin Lettieri

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Kyle Ruffen October 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

Hi Melissa! I am really interested in obtaining this internship for this summer! I was wondering if you could send me an email about what your typical day is like? Like what you, how long you worked, how many days you work? Stuff like that. My email is kyleruffen@yahoo.com. Hope to hear from you!

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Meghan F. December 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi, I was looking for a link to get information on being an Intern on LIVE and I came across your blog (which was very interesting and helpful) but I was just wondering how/where you applied. I've been looking everywhere by can't seem to find anything. If you could help me out that would be great. Thank you! :)

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Rebekah Street December 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love reading your blog and wanted ot know if you could tell me how you got your job at Live! That is my dream job and I am about to graduate and am trying to look into somethings. Thanks

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Jennifer Zefi February 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hey Melissa!
I love your blog. I'm a Junior and I interned at HBO but your internship at LIVE would be my dream job. I'm just wondering how you applied and if you could tell me where I could go to apply. Thanks so much!!
My email is Jzefi.student@manhattan.edu

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Emily February 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hi Melissa,

I wanted to know if you could email me with information on how to get an internship with either of the places you interned. I am a Junior at Shippensburg University and I really want another internship for over the summer. If you could email me at eo0027@ship.edu I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

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Danielle Amar February 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Melissa,
I need your help-you are such an inspiration to me!
What steps did you take to intern at Live! with Kelly and Regis?
You appear to have a dynamic energy as an intern, I imagine the lessons you've learned while working on set have and are continuing to shape you and your career. I hope to launch into a career that offers as many opportunities as yours. As a Communications major at UC Santa Barbara, I am driven to succeed in this field; I am searching for constructive feedback and guidance from a mentor figure.

Is there any advice you can spare for an aspiring television personality?

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Caroline Wyatt February 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

I have been searching to find out how to apply for an internship with LIVE! with Kelly. Through my web browsing I came across your blog. The post about your experience with the show sounds amazing! I want to apply for the internship even more after reading your post! I'd LOVE to talk to you about it and learn how you applied so I can hopefully intern there too!! I am a senior Communications major at Furman University and would absolutely love to hear from you, please email me at wyatt.carolineanne@gmail.com if you can :) !

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Regina Donizetti July 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi, Melissa!

I absolutely LOVED your post. You did a fantastic job writing it and bringing your enthusiasm into it. I would also like to intern with LIVE! with Kelly, but I'm having trouble finding information. If you could give me a source or email me some information, it would greatly appreciated! :)
My email is rd115910@ohio.edu
Thanks so much! And good luck in your future endeavors!

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Erika Jackson December 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I love your post. It is so great that you are following your dream and are becoming so successful at a young age. I'd love to hear more about your experience. Please email me at erikajackson713@yahoo.com Thanks!

Erika

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Hanna January 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hi Melissa,

Wow! What an amazing blog! So helpful! I am an aspiring TV Show Host (I attached my show webpage). I currently am using it for fun and to have a platform for a future career, but I've been dreaming of interning at both Rachel Ray, Live with Kelly and Michael, and others as well.
How did you achieve these internships?
Congrats and best of luck on your future!

Thank you,
Hanna

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