This success story is part of a series profiling people who leveraged their college internship experience into a full-time job. This interview features Stephanie Cobian, a television professional.
Stephanie, what college did you attend?
California State University of Northridge, Northridge, CA
What year did you graduate from college?
2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television Arts, with an emphasis in Television
Where did you complete an internship?
I had a total of 3 internships.
1. Project Hollywood Cares
2. IBN Sports
3. TVGuestpert.com – they hired me after 4 months
How did you find/land your internship?
For this specific internship, I found it through a teacher at school. He was also in charge of the internships for cinema. He sent me numerous emails regarding opening positions. I submitted my resume and received a call within the next few days.
What type of work did you do during your internship?
I handled phone calls, the company calendar, setting up meetings, prepping production shoots, logging receipts, logging contracts, and creating contracts.
What was one significant thing you learned about working during your internship?
I had a lot to learn! School is just practice, but this was the real world with real bosses, not teachers. There were real consequences for things either being done wrong, not on time, etc.
How did your internship lead to a full-time job?
I worked really closely with the owner/founder of TVGuestpert and we hit it off from the start. I was willing to work overtime, I worked quickly and efficiently, and clients really liked me. My career path has not changed much, maybe more defined. I wanted to direct when I started; whereas, now my goal is to direct one hour TV dramas. My boss and I are in great communication about where I would like my career to go.
Any words of wisdom you would like to share with current college students?
Don’t get down on yourself at work. Sometimes it may not feel like you are getting the most of your time or skills but still do everything (even little things) to the best of your ability. With time, your bosses see what you are doing and see all the hard work you give, that they will eventually give you more responsibilities. It took time to grow into the company and now I do so many more things and have earned the trust of my bosses.
Stephanie, thank you for sharing your experience and advice.