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Scripps selects 2014 interns for TODAY Show, Miss Universe Organization

Dec 23, 2013

Scripps selects 2014 interns for TODAY Show, Miss Universe Organization

By Kerry Tuttle

ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 23, 2013)—The Scripps College of Communication has announced the selection of nine students who will be interning in New York City in 2014 – eight with the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and one student with the TODAY Show. The MUO internship will be split up into two sessions, January through June for the Miss USA pageant and July through December for the Miss Universe pageant. The spring TODAY Show internship will begin in early January 2014.

Brianna DiPilato, a senior news and information major in the journalism school, is the spring Today Show intern. This internship is offered every year exclusively to Ohio University students in the Scripps College of Communication. Two students per semester have been awarded the NYC internship in the past, but because the internship is now paid, only one student per semester is accepted. DiPilato, who says she has wanted to intern with the TODAY Show since she first toured Ohio University’s campus, currently works as a reporter, news anchor and weather anchor for WOUB.

“I wanted to be a TODAY Show intern because I know that it is a once in a lifetime chance to learn from professionals that once were in my shoes,” said DiPilato. “To me, the internship is about more than just living in beautiful New York City and interacting with people I’ve idolized since I was a kid. It’s about making myself a better journalist.”

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) interviewed 31 students before deciding on four web/video interns and four public relations interns. The web/video interns selected for the Miss USA pageant are recent grad Alex Bolinger and senior Mike Mytnick. Elizabeth Held and Joey Buccini will be the web/video interns for the Miss Universe pageant. The public relations interns selected for the Miss USA pageant are junior Caitlin Dumpe and senior Carly Antle. Senior Daniella Vaccari and junior Marisa Dockum will be the public relations interns for the Miss Universe pageant.

“MUO is an internationally known company and well-respected brand, not to mention it's based in the most amazing city so it was kind of a no-brainer to apply,” said Dumpe. “I also knew that this was an internship that offers so much hands on experience and at this point in my career I really just want to learn as much as I possibly can. “

Mytnick, who is participating in the internship post-graduation, describes this experience as the “perfect way to start the beginning of the rest of my life.”

Many students have known about the Miss Universe internship since their freshman year when they were a student in either JOUR 1010 or MDIA 1010.  In addition to being a well-advertised and highly coveted internship, an email is sent out to Scripps College students each summer by Karen Peters, Scripps’ internship and student services specialist, reminding prospective interns to apply.

“The position will require me to produce high-quality video content through both my camera and post-production skills at both a professional level and pace, making this internship a great stepping stone towards being able to reach my ultimate goals,” said Bolinger, who has invested in new camera and audio equipment so that he can “knock MUO’s audience out of the park.”

Many of the students selected said that they feel prepared due to coursework and experience through student organizations and past internships. Now they are in the process of researching the company, speaking with past MUO interns and testing out their video equipment.

“It takes a lot of preparation, but I’m ready for it,” said Dumpe. “I’m really excited for how much I’m going to grow professionally and personally while I’m there.”

The selected students have expressed their excitement and anticipation to make the big transition from Athens, Ohio to Manhattan. They also plan to enjoy the travel opportunities that come along with working for such a well-known global brand.

“To be completely honest, none of this has hit me yet,” said Bolinger. “I'm really looking forward to the moment that I'm running around some foreign country, short of breath with my camera on my shoulder and smiling as I realize that I somehow landed my dream internship.”

Current intern Cameron Soergel, who says this experience was an amazing end to his time as an Ohio University student, promises the internship will be all the students believe it will be.

“There are a ton of life experiences I’ve had here that will carry way past the life of this internship,” he said last week in New York, as he prepared to leave the organization. “I have made so many great connections. It’s not over this Friday because of all of the amazing experiences and networked contacts I’m taking with me.”

Both opportunities are made possible by alumni of the Scripps College of Communication. Matt Lauer, BSC '97, who has served as the host of the TODAY Show for 17 years; and Paula Shugart, BSC '81, CEO and president of the Miss Universe Organization, were instrumental in setting up these exclusive internship programs for Scripps College students. 

Current students interested in learning more about internships should visit http://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/currentstudents/internships.cfm to learn more about school requirements.