Blog . Welcome Back! Students talk about Summer Internships at NBC and Universal Studios.
Scoring a summer internship at NBC in New York was the answer to a long-held dream for Cleveland Institute of Art Animation major Daniel Sevcik.
“I have always loved NBC as a network,” Sevcik says. “I love shows like ‘SNL’ and
‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘Friends,’ and I grew up watching those. NBCUniversal also has such a strong reputation for being one of the leading media and entertainment companies. So I always had this hope that one day I would be able to work at 30 Rock and be a part of the incredible legacy they’ve built.”
Sevcik applied for several intern positions there to better his odds and landed as a creative intern in the print department at Bravo cable network. There, he worked with the marketing department to create artwork and help manage social media.
“I have definitely learned more about graphic design in general, and what sets apart a good logo from a great logo,” he says. “I have learned to really explore a typeface and not to be afraid to alter it and really make it unique.”
The work set new challenges for Sevcik, especially making new artwork that fit with the established branding.
“They have branded themselves so well that if I made any art that looked slightly off or didn’t fit within their guidelines, I would have to start over,” he says. “Also, the process of creating logos is very time consuming. There are endless revisions and tweaks to keep making.”
The payoff, though, was being part of a family of accomplished, creative people.
“I was able to absorb so much information about the industry, and how things work during my time as an intern,” he says. “I’ve gotten so many words of wisdom and stories from people who have been in this industry for so long and it really is just inspiring and it makes me want to be in their shoes some day.
“I was also able to sit in on a talk from Steve Burke, who is the CEO of NBCUniversal,” he says. “He just gave a lot of invaluable advice about building a career for yourself and to let things happen organically in your life.”
Best day on the job?
“Probably my first day at 30 Rock. Walking through the front doors and taking the elevators up was surreal. And getting to experience the life at NBC was incredible that first day. I even got to see the Saturday Night Live studio that day!
“Honestly, though, every single day was the best day. I have gotten to meet so many amazing and funny people and we're all such great friends now. It's very exciting to be with a group of people who share the same passion for television and entertainment as I do.”
Lisa Tan spent the summer at Universal Creative, the team that designs the rides and attractions at Universal theme parks. The Animation major supported the attraction designers by providing 3-D assets and animations to help them visualize how the sites will look and function.
“I applied to Universal with an interest in their involvement with films and the types of media they produce. I honestly had no idea how much of an asset 3-D animation work could be for theme park design, but it has been an absolute pleasure to discover,” Tan says. “I have always been a big fan of theme parks and the experiences they create, but the process behind designing an attraction was definitely beyond my imagination.”
She took a full toolkit of skills she learned at CIA, but the internship has helped her work in new thinking. “I am learning how to consider the engineering aspect of design and the physical restrictions of things that would normally be without limits in CGI,” she says. “I’m very familiar with creating artwork to tell stories, but when these stories need to become tangible objects around you, that changes a lot about how you approach the art.”
The most valuable part of this internship was working in a studio environment, she says. “I have always wanted to work for a bigger company, because I want to be part of a large team effort to create something meaningful and significant,” Tan says.
“This was an amazing opportunity to discover what it’s really like and how much I enjoy it. I’ve found that I’m really passionate about the work, and that has definitely opened up for me a new area of the entertainment industry where my skill set is valuable.”