Eight Cal State L.A. students recently completed a prestigious leadership workshop sponsored by media giant NBCUniversal.
Students from the Department of Television, Film, and Media Studies were selected in a nationwide competition. Hundreds of college students vied for a seat at the workshop by submitting essays on topics such as personal accomplishments, career goals, and life-shaping experiences. The winning students were selected by representatives from NBCUniversal’s Campus 2 Career internship program
The eight Cal State L.A. students are Brianna Adams, Angeline Bernabe, Melanie Chavarin, Ashley Kelly, Nicole Lara, Christopher Mims, David Ramon and Juan Ramon.
Cal State L.A. Professor Bridget Murnane, who directs the Television and Film Internship Program, provided input and assistance as the students prepared their essays. She also attended the workshop.
During the event, which took place on January 8 at Universal City, students met with industry professionals and learned about career opportunities in the entertainment and media industries. The students also received advice on preparing for interviews.
“It was a really great experience and great networking opportunity,” said Bernabe, a senior who is majoring in communications and broadcast journalism.
Cal State L.A. students have an advantage living and studying in Los Angeles, the second-largest media market in the United States and home to the Hollywood film industry, Murnane said.
Television, Film and Media Studies alumni include prominent actors, screenwriters, visual effects artists and award winners. The department last year opened a state-of-the-art Television, Film & Media Center that includes a 2,300-square-foot sound stage, Mac computer lab and casting, rehearsal and conference spaces.
Photo: Cal State L.A. students at the NBCUniversal leadership workshop. (Photo credit: Bridget Murnane)