Ambassador Melody's Golden Opportunity at NBCUniversal

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I used to associate summer with fun vacations and lounging around my house all day, not getting much done. Now, as a college student, I equate summer with internships — which keep me busy in the best way possible.

This past spring, I began an internship at NBCUniversal for Bravo and Oxygen’s PR department, and I continued it through the summer. I mean, who doesn’t love working on housewives and murder? No, my daily tasks didn’t involve drinking mimosas with the housewives or cleaning blood-stained carpets.

Some daily tasks involved collecting press clippings of our shows, talent, and network, and then compiling those into a Twitter report. I was responsible for every subtweet and promotional tweet from talent; I collected everything said on social media about Bravo and Oxygen.

When applying for internships, you get to see a list of requirements and expectations from the department, but be prepared to venture beyond your comfort zone.

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My supervisor trained me as if I were to take on her position. This meant booking cars, hotels, and flights for talent, assisting the team with on-set and off-set interviews, and helping to organize major network events. This training was fundamental, as it taught me to how to multitask and think quickly in a professional environment. You have to be prepared for anything and everything because you never know when it’s time to step up to the plate.

I stepped up to the plate at the beginning of the summer term when my supervisor got promoted, and the department needed a temporary replacement. I acted as the West Coast Coordinator for a month, which meant working closely with the executives.

Working in an environment that treated interns as full-time employees gave me the exposure and experience I needed for my future career.

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I’ll never forget the day I worked on the “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen!” FYC Emmys event in Los Angeles. I booked cars, welcomed Academy members, greeted and walked with talent, and was assigned to look after a talent’s beloved dog. Any guesses which one?

The hunt for internships can be tough, but when you finally get that golden opportunity, try to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. I learned invaluable tools and tactics at this internship, and stepping out of my comfort zone is something I will now implement anywhere I go.

Melody Shahsavarani