This Summer 2019 I spent my time as a veteran intern at SHOWTIME, apart of the CBS Veteran Internship Program. I worked on the subscription marketing team to find ways to drive subscriptions for SHOWTIME’S premium content. I was able to use my background in user experience design and user research to assess the functionality of their digital products, among others.
It was always my dream to be a part of the CBS family. However, there was some inspiration behind this. In 2017, my professional association, Veterans in Media and Entertainment (VME) -NYC Chapter, was invited by the CBS Veterans Network for a screening at the Intrepid. It was for the premiere of the CBS drama series, SEAL Team.
After the screening, I met Josh Brackett, VP of Finance and Director of Veterans’ Initiatives; and Richard Jones, EVP General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS. Both army veterans. I was given a CBS Veterans Network challenge coin by Mr. Jones. From this experience, I thought they were the perfect example of two army veterans working as executives in Corporate America. I asked Josh about the CBS Veterans Internship Program and was able to keep in touch with him about this opportunity. Simultaneously, during that year, I was also a veteran protégé participating in the American Corporate Partners (ACP) program. ACP is a program that pairs transitioning military vets with a mentor in an industry of their interest for a year. CBS happens to be a proud partner of ACP. I made a top list of entertainment companies and CBS was one of them. I was paired with a mentor from Showtime Networks and eventually, I became an Veteran intern at SHOWTIME.
I quickly saw how diversity and inclusion was taken very seriously by CBS especially in terms of their military initiatives. From that point, I knew I wanted to work at a company that fostered a military culture and one that understood me. There is more to me than just being an army veteran. I was born on a small beautiful island called Barbados in the Caribbean, so I understand the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Even though I was placed at SHOWTIME for my internship, I was still able to get involved with the CBS Veterans Network. There was one event in particular that stood out to me, a veteran career panel where the speakers were: Richard Jones, EVP General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer; Chanel Lamb, Veteran and HR Director; and Mickey Carter, Veteran and SVP, Television Networks Distribution. The panel was moderated by Senior National Correspondent, Jim Axelrod from CBS News. It was a lovely and emotional panel. We as veterans really benefit from the camaraderie and we have a mutual bond. It is almost therapeutic. We make outstanding employees and work in teams, not as individuals. This is something the military taught us from day one at Bootcamp. Many thanks for Richard Jones for founding the CBS Veterans Network. You can view the panel here
I am honored to have met those making an impact not only inside the CBS company but sharing a social responsibility for the community as well.
Veterans in Media and Entertainment (VME)
American Corporate Partners (ACP)
CBS Veterans Network
CBS Veterans Network Internship