Spending the summer in New York City is a dream for most young adults, one that Morehead State University communication graduate student, Jameson Bennett from Louisville, was able to experience due to summer internships with BET (Black Entertainment Television) and Sirius Radio.
With the help of MSU’s Career Services Center, the experience he received with MSU TV and MSPR, Bennett established an impressive resume and was well prepared for applying for internships. From doing independent research and with the help of his sister, Bennett discovered and applied for 50 internships during the months of December 2009 and January 2010, receiving four callbacks. In May, Bennett was notified that he was awarded the internships at BET and Sirius Radio located in Manhattan. Many internships are non-paid but they offer great real world experience as well as an impressive boost to resumes. Bennett understood the significance of attaining an internship and having family in Brooklyn, allowed him to save on finances and ease the commuting route.
Bennett’s work exceeded the typical intern load by him taking the initiative to request additional responsibility, which enabled him to work on various radio shows. He was required to work 20 hours per week (both internships combined) but on occasion he would put in 10-hour days to gain as much experience as possible. His tasks ranged from working with files, audio bits, answering the phone for live shows and much more. “I was appreciative that people took me under their wing and gave me the opportunity to learn and not just be someone that ran errands and got coffee”, Bennett said. Through his dedication and assertiveness, he was able to work as a board operator, a job typically not assigned to interns. For his final project, Bennett worked with other interns to create two shows, one reality and the other music. The final project was presented to Stephen Hill, President of Programming, Music and Specials for BET. Bennett stated that he and his group received excellent feedback from the executive.
Having spent the summer in the Big Apple and conquering his fear of living in the big city, Bennett now knows what he wants to do in life, “I want to be a radio/television producer, on air talent and do voice acting.” Graduating in December 2010, this will be his last semester at Morehead State University and he is looking forward to traveling abroad and working in radio/television, hoping to learn another language to increase his marketability. Before he earns his diploma and steps foot off campus, Bennett is leaving his mark by instilling in students the importance of applying for internships and sharing tools and tips that he has learned. “I want to give back to others in the MSU family, and if they win, I win and if I win, they win” stated Bennett.
Additionally, Bennett wanted to give “kudos” to Chuck Mraz, MSU News Director and Dan Conti, MSU Assistant News Director, for their support, coaching him and preparation for this great experience.