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The ABCs of Broadcasting
By Divac Chiverton '12

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) has been a starting point for many communication majors from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Many Mount students have interned with the venerable broadcasting corporation in the past decade, a considerable feat given the stiff competition. ABC receives more than 400 applications from the Tri-State area, but only some 60 to 75 interns are accepted per semester, says Linda Henderson, internship coordinator for ABC.

ABC only accepts applications from students who have a permanent address within the Tri-State area, says Ms. Henderson. The company offers interns many different opportunities spanning multiple divisions, including news, sports, programming, production sales, and many more.

Lisa Gentile '13

Lisa Gentile '13 outside
the "LIVE! With Kelly" studios

Some of the interns at ABC have secured fulltime employment with the broadcasting giant, as producers and even supervisors. Two Mount students, Lisa Gentile ’13 and David Booker ’12, are currently interning at ABC.

Lisa, a communication major, chose the internship because she hopes to break into the field of television production.

“I wanted to learn how a show like “LIVE! with Kelly” is run, and also gauge the overall environment of the office,” she says. “I also knew that being there would help give me a better idea of what I want to do as a career.”

She attended ABC’s internship recruitment night, bringing several copies of her resume, and was interviewed by two different departments within ABC, “LIVE! with Kelly” and the production department.

Later that month, Lisa received a call from an employee at “LIVE! with Kelly,” offering her an internship. She reports to ABC on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Lisa is responsible for many different tasks, including overseeing the maintenance of the green room and dressing rooms, and answering phone calls from guests confirming their tickets for the show.

“Ticket confirmations have to be entered into a binder every day,” she says. “We have to check the confirmation phone line as well and enter the guest names. We also have to look at the comment email and check our comment phone line for any feedback that viewers have about the show,” Lisa says.

Lisa also prepares fact sheets for guests appearing on the show;makes copies of DVDs of past shows; distributes incoming mail for producers; and labels the dressing room doors for guests.

Lisa says that she enjoys being on set and learning from the producers.

“There is so much hard work that goes into making the show happen, and everyone, including interns, has a special job,” she says. “Without even the smallest jobs, the show would not go on.”

Another Mount student currently interning at ABC is David Booker ’12.

David is a big sports fan and chose to intern at ABC sports because he knew that it could help him achieve his dream of either appearing on air or working as a producer for sports broadcasting.

He attended an ABC internship fair, and was interviewed by the sports department. A few weeks later, he received a call from the department head, offering him the position.

David interns at ABC Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. He helps put together the nightly news sportscast that airs at 11:30 p.m. by watching games, writing highlights, logging videos, and going to New York sporting events to interview players. He covers all of the New York sports teams, and has even met some of the players for the New York Knicks.

His favorite aspect of the internship is being out on the field and interviewing the star players.

“I enjoy coming in and working with the anchors and producer to help them with their show,” he says. “The atmosphere is ideal. Everything is laid-back and humorous. We get the job done every night.”

David has learned that, in television, like many other endeavors, it takes hard work and dedication to excel.

“It takes a lot to become a sports anchor or a sports producer, but once you get your foot in the door, everything seems to flow,” he says.