By Ashlee Brown
Representatives from NBC Universal will visit Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications for a panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. This isn't the first time NBC – America's oldest major broadcasting network – has visited the school. The Scripps Howard School has established a remarkable relationship with the television network over the years.
"We are excited about the relationship that the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has with NBC Universal," said Battinto Batts, assistant dean for academic affairs, "and the company is interested in deepening that relationship."
With that being said, it isn't a surprise that countless Hampton alumni have been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a well-known company.
Kimani Bunch, a 2014 graduate of Hampton University, is currently employed by the company and stationed in New York City. Bunch began interning for MSNBC, an NBC division, from May to August of last year, and currently writes entertainment graphics for two shows, NBC's "Early Today," and MSNBC's "First Look."
Another 2014 Hampton graduate, Deanna Reid, works as a video editor at NBC 6 in Southern Florida.
Students were told to submit their resumes to the broadcast company for review, and if chosen, a representative from NBC Universal will conduct an interview on Thursday, Feb. 26. Any student could have submitted their resume, but NBC is looking to fill internship opportunities, so underclassmen were prioritized. However, graduating seniors are encouraged to attend the events to network with the company's officials.
Twenty-four students, including sophomore journalism student, Lauren Hendricks, were selected and are likely candidates to work for the television network. "The professors in Scripps always talk about how competitive it is to even receive an interview with the NBC Universal program," said Hendricks.
After the panel discussion, NBC Universal will host a pizza social and then present the screening of a never-before-seen movie. As predicted, Scripps Howard School students will be in attendance, however Cierra Butler, a psychology major, said she's going to attend the event, as well. "I enjoy 'Law and Order: SVU,' and 'The Voice,'" said Butler, "so I'm excited to hear what the representatives have to say, and to see what the new show will be about."
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.