In the summer of 2012 I did an internship at Discovery Communications. It was extremely useful in terms of learning both about the industry and the company. However, as I think the journey there was just as important I will start at the beginning.
Deciding on the Media Industry
I joined the MBA programme with a financial services background and determination to try something new. This was quite broad so initially I focused on exploring. What helped me discover the media industry as a target was a presentation organized by the Media & the Industry Club, “What is Media?” Until the end of the first term I considered different options but from the beginning of the second I focused my energy completely on the media sector.
This summer, I have spent 10 weeks at Endemol Sport. This is a division within the established Endemol Group and in its short 18 month history has grown considerably. The division specialises in: Sports Entertainment Formats High End Film Making Rights sales and Programme Distribution Channel Creation Live Event Broadcasts/Highlights/Studio & Magazine Shows Events & Tournaments Digital
This summer, I moved back across the pond for an internship at PBS in Washington, D.C. For those unfamiliar, Public Broadcasting Service is the US version of the BBC. It's the company that first brought Sesame Street to television, making it an ideal place for me to really dive into the media world. From day 1 of the MBA, I've been interested in children's media, a pretty focused niche, but one that I'm determined to pursue. This position provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that.
I can hardly believe that my time at MTVNE is almost over...briefly summarizing my experience there:
My Background: Software engineering in video games industry. Team Lead. Still passionate about games, but interested in exploring media. Definitely know that I will be staying within the entertainment industry. Also trying to figure out what function suits me.
Role: Strategy Consultant
Projects: Strategic planning for Digital Media, Nickelodeon in the Emerging Markets (Eastern Europe, Africa), business in Russia