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Trinity Velez-Justo

University of North Carolina

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Music

Company:
Michael Levine Music, and Jeff Russo

Why did you apply?
I applied to the Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program because I want to grow both personally and professionally under an accomplished professional in the industry of music composition for media. As an Intern for the Television Academy Foundation, I hope to interact and develop relationships with like-minded individuals to establish a network devoted to creating art. The experiences acquired from the internship will enable me to create, enlighten, and inspire. Overall, I hope to be challenged and therefore, strengthen my skills as a composer and businesswoman in television.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
BBC favorites such as Doctor Who - the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctor, and Sherlock were the first shows to inspire me to pursue a career in television. Netflix shows such as Stranger Things, whose score held the fundamentals of 80s electronic music but utilized present-day techniques in mastering, further developed my desire to score for television.

Brittany Klotz

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Unscripted

Company:
Campanario Entertainment

Why did you apply?
As I started watching The Bachelor, I also continued watching various reality television programs-Are You the One, Bachelor in Paradise, etc...-and my interest in unscripted television grew even more. When I found out that the Television Academy Foundation had an unscripted category, I decided to apply to, hopefully, be able to learn more about the unscripted industry. Now that I have been given the chance to intern at Campanario Entertainment, I hope to learn everything I can about unscripted television.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
When I was younger, I began watching both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. From watching those shows, I became interested in learning how the show was put together. Additionally, I had the opportunity to meet a story producer from Guys Grocery Games and after listening to what she does in this job, I knew I wanted to work in unscripted television someday.

Min Xiao

University of Florida

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Media Research

Company:
Endemol

Why did you apply?
The reputation of the Television Academy Foundation and its partnering companies is what inspired me to apply. The internship is a good opportunity for me to build my resume. I hope to gain media industry working experience. This experience will help me do research and teach students in the future.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My inspiration roots in learning and researching consumer media consumption behaviors. I’m always curious about how TV programs and TV commercials influence viewers’ attitudes and behaviors.

Michael Dorian Parks

Texas State University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Digital Entertainment

Company:
STARZ

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply to the Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program because of their commitment to give a diverse group of students the tools and resources to be successful in this industry. From this experience with STARZ, I want to learn what it takes to create amazing digital content for a major network. I also hope to build a strong network of connections for my professional career.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up as latchkey kid, I watched a lot of television while my mother was at work. As I matured, I realized there were very few shows with people of color. At that point, I set a goal to ensure television shows reflect the diverse world we live in.

Madeline Jordan

Columbia College Chicago

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Commercials

Company:
Chiat/Day, Radical Media and Outpost Digital

Why did you apply?
I am looking forward to growing and challenging myself during my time as a Television Academy Foundation intern and I hope to be immersed in the world of media production. I want to learn from the employees who do this work everyday and I want to get a better sense of how I can contribute to this industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always been interested in the people behind my favorite TV shows, ads, and memes. Personalities and producers such as Oprah Winfrey, and comedians like Tiny Fey, really opened my eyes to the power of thoughtful images, quality entertainment, and how they can interpret and engage with the world we live in.

Jubilate Cox

American Film Institute

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Art Direction/Set Decoration

Company:
James Pearse Connelly

Why did you apply?
I applied for The Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program to become apart of an incredible lineage of filmmakers. I wanted to gain the mentorship of a seasoned Production Designer, as well as, increase my experience working within television. I hope to flourish under the mentorship of the design team I am placed with, as well as, from other talented individuals taking part of this program.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Watching the show Six Feet Under with my mother inspired me to pursue television. The show really helped us connect and revealed to me the power of television as a medium.

Nina Barone

Arizona State University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Digital Entertainment

Company:
Getty Images

Why did you apply?
After reading the description for the Digital Entertainment internship position, I knew it would be the perfect fit for my passion and an amazing opportunity to get my foot in the door. I hope to gain as many new skills as possible on the production side of digital entertainment from all of the incredible resources and people that Getty Images has to offer, and learn as much as I can from the renowned industry professionals I’ll have the opportunity to meet along the way.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I became interested in acting for film and TV when I was in 5th grade living in Vancouver, Canada (Hollywood North). Once my illustrious acting career of two short films had ended, I decided I should leave the acting to the professionals. However, my love of the entertainment industry and TV never wavered so, in college I focused more on the business side of things and fell in love with digital entertainment and developing digital marketing strategies to promote the incredible on-screen work being done.

Elijah Watson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Production Management

Company:
25/7 Productions

Why did you apply?
Being from a small town in Nebraska, it can be difficult to find a network of professionals to learn from. I wanted to apply for the Internship Program because I wanted to expand my professional network and learn from the best in the business, so that I can take some of my knowledge back home for others to embrace.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television has the unique opportunity to tell many different stories within the same world, while telling a larger narrative over a long period of time. This concept has always been fascinating, and it's something that I want to be a part of.

Karina Stow

New York University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Movies for Television

Company:
Lifetime Television

Why did you apply?
When I found out that the Television Academy Foundation had a Movies for Television category, the exact area I’m hoping to work in, I knew that I had to apply. I hope to gain experience in my dream field and the opportunity to work under talented, creative people.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
When Desperate Housewives first premiered, I was too young to be allowed to watch it, but I understood that it was something special because of the way all of the adults in my life couldn’t stop talking about it. It made me realize that I wanted to create stories that started conversations and, that I wanted to do it in an accessible medium you could experience right from your living room.

Taylor Chuckwu

University of Tulsa

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Scriptwriting-Comedy

Company:
CBS Network

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply to the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program because it is an insanely competitive program. I wanted to push myself to reach for that level of excellency. Also, I was very familiar with the great and noteworthy placements of the interns in the past. From my time in this program, I hope to understand the best way to network in this industry and how to carry myself when out in this particular workforce.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Like a lot of us, television is something that has been a part of my life growing up. The magnitude and the range of stories able to be told on television have really blown me away. As a storyteller I have been drawn to this medium and have chosen to seek a career in television because of its immense power, potential and creative freedom. Television continues to grow and bring about meaningful change in our country and world.

Mackenzie Landman

Kalamazoo College

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Business of Physical Production

Company:
Nickelodeon

Why did you apply?
A professor from my college listed the Television Academy Foundation as a potential internship opportunity in a mass email, and I saw it as an opportunity to really push myself! I knew it would be a competitive process, but I thought if it can be anyone, why not me? I am looking forward to gaining an understanding of the various departments that make many different television shows run, and connecting with new people within the industry along the way.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My freshman year of college I really took the time to discover and develop my strengths. I worked on an independent film set and loved the fast paced environment of it, so I knew I wanted to expand upon that experience. I think of television as an ever evolving medium that allows diverse and timely stories to come into our homes, reach us personally and have a voice. Having the opportunity to be a part of producing these stories that grow with us from week to week is something that is incredibly exciting to me.

Cindy Lin 

Loyola Marymount University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Casting

Company:
Nickelodeon

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply for the Internship Program because I knew that it would kick start my career in casting and lead me to meet interesting people. I also saw on the Television Academy Foundation's website that last year’s winners included students from my university so, I reached out to them. I admire the Television Academy Foundation’s philosophy in giving this opportunity to young, distinct minds that acknowledge filmmaking as collaborative storytelling and hope to grow as a more experienced collaborator.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have been passionate about the craft of acting since I was eleven and began to self-study actors from 1920s - 1960s classic and international cinema. I loved watching obscure films to find talented, diverse actors. My parents supported me in practicing how to work with actors through film camp, theatre, improv classes, and directing in film school, which led me to find my niche: casting for scripted content.

German Flores 

Los Angeles City College

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Costume Design

Company:
Gordon Group Assoc.

Why did you apply?
The experience I gained in college from designing to theater productions; from research to building a character, script breakdown, budget etc... And ultimately, the encouragement from my professors/mentor, inspired me to apply for the Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program. What I hope to gain from the overall experience is to expand on the knowledge I gained in school, learning directly from the professionals in the field.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My mother, a graphic designer, and my Grandmother, a sewist and painter, are the foundation for my inspiration. I remember as a kid leaning next to grandma while we watched Novelas in Mexico, and sitting with my sister to see our favorite TV shows. I was inspired by those memories that made us laugh, cry and share family time.

I was inspired to seek a career in television because I want to contribute to this field that make new worlds on-screen. Growing up, we did not have many resources for entertainment but, we had each other and we had the luxury to push a button and dream. I want to be a part of that.

Sarah Fahmy 

Wake Forest University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Documentary

Company:
Tremendous! Entertainment

Why did you apply?
The prestige of the Television Academy Foundation and the hands-on experience are what inspired me to apply for the internship program. It will be great to observe and learn from those who are in the industry. And ideally, I would like to develop a mentorship relationship with those I meet, make connections and make friends.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have been obsessed with TV and movies my whole life. I would sit for hours watching them and even longer watching behind the scenes featurettes about the making of TV and movies. So, I decided to follow my passion and pursue a career in television.

Maricela Cuevas 

Loyola Law School

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Business and Legal Affairs

Company:
HBO

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply to the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program because I saw it as an excellent opportunity to learn more about my dream career within entertainment law from the best professionals in the industry. My experience at HBO has far exceeded any of my expectations. I was able to gain meaningful professional experience and picked up a few friends and mentors along the way.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always had a passion for music, film, and television. Sadly, I am not artistically talented. Pursuing a career within entertainment law will allow me to contribute to the industry that I love, in a meaningful way.

Jayjit DasGupta 

University of Southern California

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
Daniel L. Paulson Productions

Why did you apply?
My decision to leave a promising career in medicine and enter an uncertain world of TV & Film Production was an extremely difficult one. The Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program is tangible proof that helps validate my decision. I hope to utilize this experience to further hone my abilities as a storyteller and content creator.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Short answer… David Simon. The Wire was the show that overthrew all my favorite shows (and I had a lot). What David Simon and The Wire represent to me is the far reaching depth and scope of this medium. It made me want to write, direct and produce for Television.

Haley Veres 

Marquette University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Episodic Series

Company:
Redbear Films

Why did you apply?
I was in Los Angeles for the first time in January when I got to hold an actual Emmy, and I thought how incredible it would be to have an internship with the Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program. Through this internship, I hope to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the undertaking that is producing an episodic television show, which will make me a stronger, more qualified candidate when I begin my job search.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I took a television production elective my junior year of high school, and my teacher said he saw my passion and potential. He helped me realize my true career goals and shaped me as an individual.

Sidne Phillips 

University of Southern California

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
ABC Studios

Why did you apply?
I found out about the application so last minute, but something in the back of my mind was itching me to go for it. Despite hastily driving around LA to pick up letters of rec and transcripts, I knew it was all worth it to have my chance at such a prestigious internship. When I found out that I had been accepted, I knew that itch at the back of my mind had been correct.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I found out about the application so last minute, but something in the back of my mind was itching me to go for it. Despite hastily driving around LA to pick up letters of recommendations and transcripts, I knew it was all worth it to have my chance at such a prestigious internship. When I found out that I had been accepted, I knew that itch at the back of my mind had been correct.

Priyankar Patra 

Northwestern University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
The Wolper Organization

Why did you apply?
My friend at Northwestern was talking about her experience as an intern with the Television Academy Foundation and, listening to her, I realized that she had a very immersive experience and her voice as a creative artist was valued. That's the most important thing an intern honestly wants, aside from learning. I believe the more involved you are with the process, the more you learn; so, I applied for this internship.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I was exposed to American television at a very young age. My grandfather everyday at 7:30 PM would stop all his work to sit right in front of the television to watch a Bengali television show. It was so fascinating as a child, to see a busy man just pause his fast paced life for an hour everyday, without fail, to watch a show and since then, I wanted to be the person who would make people take a break to enjoy a show for a hour or so.

Georgia Fowkes 

Point Park University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Agency

Company:
Abrams Artists Agency

Why did you apply?
I knew this internship would challenge me and push me to my full potential. Being able to discover a new path of opportunity and growth with other talented people inspired me! When you are all contributing your ideas and passion, magic is bound to happen. And, to me, life is really just a combination of all of our happiest moments and television is the most beautiful way I have seen them put together.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I don’t attribute my aspirations to one singular person but to a previous internship with Steeltown Entertainment. Through this, I met various like-minded people who demanded that I be the best version of myself. It was being surrounded by constant creative energy that inspired me to pursue the entertainment industry. 

Aharonit Elior 

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Non-Traditional Animation

Company:
DreamWorks Animation

Why did you apply?
I needed something to help bridge the gap between college and the industry since I was about to graduate. A friend, who was the TV writing intern last year, recommended I apply to the Television Academy Foundation Internship Program because of her great experience with it. It seems like the perfect next step to find industry experience, learn business and production skills, and expand my circle of friends and colleagues.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I’ve loved drawing ever since I was little. It wasn’t until high school when I realized I could combine that with my love of television and film to make a career. It’s very rewarding to study the emotion and physical motion of characters to help bring them to life and tell a story. 

DeAndre Allen-Toole 

Columbia College Chicago

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Music

Company:
Sparks & Shadows

Why did you apply?
I chose to apply for the summer internship program knowing that this level of immersion in my field would be an invaluable compliment to everything I’ve learned during my time as a student. This opportunity will allow me to dig deeper into demystifying the long list of what it takes to make it in a complex profession that involves much more than simply writing compelling music.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
What really inspired me to pursue a career in composing for television is the unbridled amount of creative opportunity. With new formats, genres and platforms being born continuously, creating music for television has now become more than ever a thrilling choice for any composer that finds joy in pushing the boundaries of our art form.

Zoe Peters 

George Mason University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
Valhalla Entertainment

Why did you apply?
I heard about the Television Academy Foundation internship from a friend while I was at the Sundance Film Festival as a volunteer. She gave me information on how the internship ran and within a day I had researched it myself and it had become my first choice internship by a long shot.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My Grandfather was a major inspiration and driving force in my decision to work towards my interest in television. I told him all my plans and described distribution processes and nerdy industry things to him no one else seemed interested in; and he was always able to listen and ask questions with enthusiasm, making me feel like I had a shot. His pride and confidence in my abilities have influenced me in the most beautiful way.

Lottice Taylor 

Vanderbilt University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Agency

Company:
Allegory Creative Management, LLC

Why did you apply?
I knew that the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship program would be unparalleled in two ways. First, it facilitates connections in a complex and diverse industry. Second, the program provides an intellectual basis for the interworkings of TV. Yes, connections are important, but the Television Academy Foundation also values merit and tangible skills in the workplace, which is empowering! This summer, I aim to pinpoint what departments of an agency I can be most helpful in. Theater? Music? Acting? I’m eager to find out!

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Going to school in Nashville has given me incredible exposure to the music industry. That exposure, in turn, has driven my desire to facilitate even wider-spread storytelling through the medium of television. By working at an entertainment agency, I can facilitate not only musician success, but also the success of actors, writers, and other types of artists.

Katie Biersach 

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Public Relations/Publicity

Company:
Beck Media & Marketing

Why did you apply?
In my radio-TV-film introductory course, my professor discussed the Television Academy Foundation program and spoke highly about it, so I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. A professional goal of mine was to immerse myself in the entertainment industry, and I knew I could accomplish this goal through the program. Overall, I hope to gain a well-rounded knowledge of the industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I’ve always had a passion for entertainment, and I wanted a career that combined my love for pop culture and my desire to connect to audiences. The TV industry lets me pursue both.

Breybinda Alvarez 

University of Arkansas

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Broadcast News

Company:
Fox 21 Television Studios

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply for the Television Academy Foundation's Internship program because of the prestigious opportunity they offer and the market size I would be exposed to. I hope to gain knowledge that I can apply when I am looking for jobs after graduation and experiences that will help me with my class assignments this upcoming year.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
The Lemke Journalism Project inspired me to seek a career in television. The professors at the University of Arkansas were welcoming and encouraged my diversity to be a part of journalism. I enjoy being able to tell others' stories in broadcast style.

Laura Claypool 

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Marketing

Company:
Endemol USA

Why did you apply?
I am originally from Seattle, but chose to go to college near Los Angeles because I have always wanted to work in Hollywood.  I was inspired to apply for the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship program because I want to gain experience in the entertainment industry and work on professional development.  I hope to gain a better understanding of entertainment marketing and build relationships with people in my field who can serve as mentors beyond this summer program.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always enjoyed watching television, but I never wanted to be on the screen myself. Television marketing fascinates me because the advertising is often the first interaction between the audience and the show. Promotion is the catalyst that starts a following and community for a show that can unite people of all backgrounds.

Alyssa Ciofani 

Boston University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Program Planning & Scheduling

Company:
The CW

Why did you apply?
It is so rare to find an internship and a start in programming and scheduling. Even when I tell people my career goals of working in programming and scheduling for television, the main question I get is “what is that?”. The Television Academy Foundation offered me the opportunity to work in the niche category I am passionate about and I hope to gain vital hands-on experience in this field that will launch me toward my career goals.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My freshman year I read an article about a man named Kevin Reilly (the current President of TNT and TBS and CCO of Turner, formerly worked at NBC). His career plus the history of my favorite broadcast network have inspired me to follow my passion for television and go into programming for network television.

Ronnie Amato 

Molloy College

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Editing

Company:
Bunim-Murray Productions

Why did you apply?
The Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program isn’t quite like any other program out there. It is a prestigious program with an incredible reputation. Having the opportunity to work with the best in the industry while challenging myself to further develop my storytelling and post production skills is exactly what I was looking for and I knew only the Television Academy Foundation's program could provide this.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My mother inspired me to seek a career in television. Since I was a child she has always told me that I am an artist. She has always encouraged me to create and try new things.

Ava Anderson 

San Diego State University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
Entertainment One

Why did you apply?
I had a professor that spoke about the Television Academy Foundation and their opportunities, and SDSU has had students go through the internship program.  When I decided to apply I loved that there were different categories and companies to work with because it shows that this program is perfectly made for what we want to do. I’m looking forward to gaining the experience of developing something for people to watch.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I always knew I wanted a job in entertainment! After taking production classes in middle school and high school, and then majoring in Television, Film, and New Media in college, I realized TV was for me. I love how television has many formats for storytelling and making an impact.

Michelle Sahlin

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Post Production

Company:
Geiger Post

Why did you apply?
Becoming an intern through the Television Academy Foundation has been a goal I set since my freshman year of college. I was interested in this internship program because of the hands-on assistant editing experiences offered by the host company. Through my time with Geiger Post I hope to provide valuable assistance to the company and learn all that I can from the professionals I will be working under.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
YouTube really inspired me to seek a career in video creation. If it weren’t for the easily accessible platform to create and post amateur videos I would not have found an outlet to pursue my passion. From the content I created when I was younger to now; I really believe it was watching YouTube videos that inspired me to further pursue a career in Television.

Tyra Prude

Tennessee State University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Entertainment News

Company:
Extra

Why did you apply?
Researching the rich history of the Television Academy and the notable producers, writers, and others that are members of the organization inspired me to apply for the Television Academy Foundation's Internship program. I knew this internship program would give me the proper tools needed to excel in my career. Throughout my participation in the program I hope to gain as much knowledge and advice that I can from the professionals in my field. With their help I know my skills will enhance, and I will have a great future ahead of me working in entertainment news.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up watching various TV and award shows played a major impact on my decision to pursue a career in television. I was always curious about how TV shows were created and the process of putting together a live award show. To me, television was a different world filled with fun and excitement. I always knew I wanted to be apart in some way.

Drake McDonald

University of Alabama

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Children's Programming/Development

Company:
Disney Jr.

Why did you apply?
I applied to the Television Academy Foundation's internship with only a handful of work experience to my name—all of them in the realm of live production. I am thankful to the Foundation for affording me the opportunity to work in a field I am passionate about and get hands-on experience in the Children's entertainment industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I firmly believe that TV has the power to impact children for the better. When we create content, we are giving kids heroes and heroines to look up to, and I believe that is not something to be taken lightly. If we give them horrible heroes, how can we expect them to be anything other than horrible people?

Michael Barreto

Loyola Marymount University

Graduation Year: 2017

Category:
Traditional Animation

Company:
Bento Box Entertainment

Why did you apply?
I applied to this program because of the prestigious reputation of the Television Academy Foundation and the program's mission of educating students and encouraging their careers in the television industry. I am looking forward to the real-world experience and advice I can glean from working on a major animation production.

Who or what inspired you to seek a career in television?
I like drawing a lot, and television animation is a fantastic way to show your ideas and characters to the world without the constraints an animated film production brings. Almost all the shows I watched as a child were cartoons and anime, and to this day they’re still what move me and keep me engaged. I’d love to have a chance at inspiring future generations of children the same way that I was.



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updated 6.23.17