Like many of my friends at UCLA, we were all very fearful of graduating in the spring of 2009. We knew we were facing some of the highest rates of unemployment – even with a Bachelor’s degree. Majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education Studies, I was on my path to studying law and becoming a lawyer (although I wasn’t sure this was the path I wanted to take). As one of the required classes, I decided to take “Entertainment Law” hoping it would get me to learn a new aspect of law that would get me interested in studying to become a lawyer. Boy, was I wrong. Yes, I did learn more about law in general, but this was the first time I was exposed to the world of Entertainment. I became so fascinated about Entertainment I knew I had to give it a try.
I secured my first internship at a small boutique PR firm in Beverly Hills that handled a wide range of talent – from actors of “The Office,” “E! News,” “My Name Is Earl”, and “Entourage” – among others. I was running around a lot, since I was the first intern they ever had. It was a great experience for me because they really relied on me to do a lot of the work – work most interns wouldn’t get to do. I worked at press events, help pitch our talent and truly enjoyed the three months of my internship. I knew this was what I wanted to continue pursuing and I was really happy with the work I was doing. After my internship ended, I knew this was what I wanted to do as a career.
Since I had interned at a boutique PR firm, I wanted to gain even more experience so I decided to apply for the internship at CBS where the scale is much larger.
I knew I was lucky to have secured an internship in the publicity department here at CBS my last quarter in school. The atmosphere of the department, especially the people and now my colleagues, made me feel so welcome and accepted. I dove right in, working very closely with the VP of Diversity & Communications. She took me under her wing and has supported me and guided me to where I am today. I loved being an intern at CBS. I was getting to learn and experience the world of entertainment the way my friends only dreamed about. I felt extremely blessed once my internship turned into a full-time job, knowing a ton of graduating students were facing a difficult time in the job market. I assisted the SVP, Communications for one and a half years where I learned the ins and outs of being a publicist and I am working my way to becoming just that. Most recently I became a Publicity Coordinator, helping out all the publicists on their primetime shows and loving what I do even more.
I’m hoping past interns at CBS have experienced great success stories like my own. To all future interns; make sure you take advantage of this one of a kind opportunity. If you get yourself out there by marketing yourself, meeting the right people and working hard, you will have a great success story to share as well.