Several college interns will be headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. In fact, there are dprobably more college interns participating and working behind the scenes than there are college athletes participating in the games. There were a wide variety of internships available and from many different sources. See below for details on some of the once in a lifetime opportunities bestowed on those lucky enough to snag an internship.
NBC, which is the official broadcast station for the 2018 Winder Olympics, has recruited 29 interns from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Eight of the students will travel to Pyeongchang, South Korea, the others will hold it down stateside, at the NBC Sports broadcast and production facility, in Stamford, Connecticut. Students interns will serve as production assistants, working as runners and loggers, and will help to index and compile highlight reels from events. At the end of the internship, the students will receive school credit. (Some of the students pictured below)
“Since 2006, Park School students have been selected by NBC as interns for their coverage of the Olympics. Now it’s a tradition for our alumni who are covering the Olympics to seek out the current crop,” said Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School. “I’m so proud of the way our students and alumni support each other and spread our reputation as a school that prepares young leaders for the rigorous challenges of intense international media assignments.”
In addition, Virginia Tech students, Harvey Creasey (left) and Humberto Zarco will also intern with NBC during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Creasey will intern with the ‘Today’ show, while Zarco will work in the International Broadcast Center.
Creasey will be a runner for the “Today” show, airing live from PyeongChang. His duties will include being part of the crew that organizes the show’s portable set each day, helping guests prepare for their appearances, and running errands for the production team.
Zarco is interning at the International Broadcast Center as a footage logger. He will monitor live Olympic events, identifying key moments and shots for the production of highlights and features.
Other 2018 Winter Olympic interns include, Marshall Students, Kade Sebastian, and Takuya Endo, will be using their sports management majors as interns at the Yongpyong Resort’s Ski and Snowboard School, where they will be teaching others lessons they have learned in sports management.
Their internships are part of a first of its kind collaboration between Yongpyong Resort, which claims to be the largest ski and snowboard resort in South Korea and an American university. It’s one of the global internship opportunities provided through Marshall University’s College of Health Professions.
Furthermore, Texas professor Dr. Michael Burns a self-declared, “Olympic nerd” along with two other students from Texas State University will also be among the NBC Olympic news staff on the Today Show broadcasting from in PyeongChang. Professor Burns will serve as the Production Coordinator for the Today show in charge of a group of volunteer runners as well as helping with morning show production on location. This is Professor Burns fifth time at the Olympic games, with his first games being in Torino, Italy, starting out also as an intern. That was twelve years ago. He made such a good impression, NBC has asked him back each time, since. In an interview, Dr. Burns told KXAN NBC News,
“In 2008 I was the person who was fortunate enough to be the person who picked up Michael Phelps after his eighth gold medal,” said Burns. “So picking him up and there I am in a car with him. He had all his medals. I’m having this conversation with him and I was actually in the car when President Bush called to congratulate him.”
For this trip, Burns for the first time is bringing along two of his students, John Lee and Eun Jeong Lee. John Lee is a sophomore marketing major whose parents are from South Korean and speaks the language fluently.
“They have pure joy and excitement,” said Lee. “I mean there’s no other way to describe it, especially my grandma. She’s been rooting for me since I was little so when I told her she basically started bawling,” Lee says about his family.
Eun Jeong Lee’s family is also from South Korea and he also speaks fluent Korena.
The internships start at the end of January and will last a month. Good luck to all!