NBC Returns to the Hilltop for Souci, Russia 2014 Olympic Interns
From left, Elise Dismer interned in London for the 2012 Summer games, Kayla Peterson is applying to intern for the 2014 Sochi games, and Chris Morgan interned in New York for the 2012 London games and is interviewing to intern for the Sochi games.
By Crystal Vining ’13
As the snow builds up on the Hilltop, dozens of talented students from the Department of Communication are gearing up for their shot at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Thirty-six students will interview with NBC officials for internships that could land them an experience of a lifetime, working for the Winter Games next year in Sochi, Russia. NBC officials will be on campus to interview in March 13
The student candidates, all from the Department of Communication, were chosen from a number of applicants. Among them is Kayla Peterson, a freshman sports communication major from Crystal Lake, Ill. She believes an internship like this is an unparalleled opportunity and can’t wait to interview.
“Nothing is bigger than the Olympics in the sports world,” Peterson said. “I am so excited for the interview.”
For the past month, the Smith Career Center and the Bradley University Communication Alumni Network, or BUCAN, have helped prepare the students by hosting mock interviews and organizing workshops to enhance the students’ interviewing skills and critique their resumes.
During the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, 10 Bradley students earned internships with NBC for the first time. Three students spend roughly two weeks working in London while the rest headed to the network’s headquarters in New York City.
Bradley is one of only five institutions to have interns with the national broadcaster during the Olympic Games.
Dr. Paul Gullifor, chair of the Department of Communication, believes the students’ dedication along with the devotion of several faculty members and alumni will guarantee the University’s success in the upcoming interviews.
“I believe the students are well prepared,” Gullifor said. “They have worked endlessly and I am very proud of them.”