Aparna Kumar is a senior and is interning at NBCUniversal in the production department at Syfy in New York. Aparna says that she has learned so much more than she could have imagined coming in.
In production, she is mostly working to create graphics overlays and cut clips from movies and television shows for use in promos and sales reels. Aparna is also responsible for digitizing tapes of movies that are sent in by producers for Syfy to air on television. “Even though I don’t watch Syfy’s original content, it’s been great to be a part of the team that works to promote these shows,” Aparna said. “And I’ve definitely had a blast working on the campaign for ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ that came out this month.”
Aparna’s favorite thing about her internship has been getting to perfect her technical skills in programs like Final Cut and After Effects, of which she only knew Final Cut coming in, and of course, getting to work at “30 Rock.” “Sometimes when I’m walking through the door in the morning, I try and channel Tina Fey’s energy and it gets me through my day,” Aparna said. “Plus, it’s great that the production team is so laid-back and I get to come to work in jeans and sneakers if I want to.”
The way she heard about her internship was when NBCUniversal came to recruit at UT back in February. First, Aparna submitted her resume through the Communication Career Services portal. Then, she got called back for an interview with a recruiter. After, she had to record a timed video interview through the NBC portal, and finally she received an email from her current supervisor for a phone interview a few weeks later.
“If I were to give anyone advice on how to land an internship outside the realm of PR or companies in Austin, it would absolutely be to take advantage of Career Services. I never thought I would get to spend my summer working for one of my dream companies and it’s been an incredible experience so far.”
C3 has taught her many important skills during the summer, such as thinking on your feet and being open to new experiences.
Hillary is a floater intern, which means she works in all departments. Because of her position, she is able to see how the office runs as a cohesive entity. “Everyone in the office is so friendly and cool,” Hillary said. “I felt so welcomed, and it’s nice to get an idea of the kind of environment I would like to work in once I graduate.”
One of the most interesting things about her internship is that C3 puts on events, including the Austin City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza, so it’s fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at how those intricate events are executed. “I’ve been attending ACL for the past six years, so it’s awesome to see the other side of the music,” Hillary said.