Posts Tagged ‘Internship’

Meet the Interns: Discovery Channel’s Sarah Paronto

August 17, 2012 | by aharris

Sarah dressed up as Chompie Jr. for one of our #ChompieAttacks!

This is a final guest blog post from our fantastic summer intern, Sam Piccirillo – thanks for all of your hard work and best of luck back at school!

It’s here: the last day of my summer internship.  For the past 11 weeks, I’ve worked as Discovery Communications’ digital communication and social media intern.  I blogged, researched, tweeted… the list goes on and on.  Spending my summer here in Silver Spring taught me about this huge company that operates with integrity and truly works to satisfy curiosity in every way.  I’ve even taken a page out of Sarah Paronto’s book and will continue my internship for a second semester.

Sarah has been a programming intern for Discovery Channel since the spring semester and is our featured Silver Spring intern.  She is a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County studying media communications and French.

Meet the Interns: London Office’s Sara Hartill-Winkle and Zhonglun Nie

July 30, 2012 | by aharris

Each semester, Discovery Communications welcomes hundreds of ambitious students around the globe to immerse them in the media industry and the company during a 12-week hands-on experience. Digital Communications & Social Media intern Samantha Piccirillo will introduce you to some of Discovery’s summer 2012 interns in our latest series of Meet the Interns posts. Today she introduces you to two interns in Discovery’s London office — International Learning & Development’s Sara Hartill-Winkle, a student at the University of Birmingham studying Business Management with Communications, and Finance’s Zhonglun Nie, a Finance & Accounting major at the University of Manchester.

International Learning & Development Intern Sara Hartill-Winkle

Why did you apply to intern at Discovery?
SHW: I initially applied to Discovery because it is an internationally recognized brand which produces such a high-quality product. I wanted to gain further experience within the media industry, whilst using my strengths — strong communication skills with a creative, yet entrepreneurial, flair. As soon as I visited the office for my interview, I realized it was exactly the type of environment I wanted to work in…with incredible people.
ZN: I started watching Discovery programs when I was a child. Discovery always has been one of my dream companies to work in, and I am eager to know more about the business and the media industry in general. Now it feels like a dream come true for me.

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
SHW: I am in the process of creating a workshop to educate Discovery employees about old and new technology, apps, and platforms that may be interesting and relevant to their jobs. The sessions are due to take place in August and we hope to create an online version so that employees around the world can also take part. We have a team of people working on this project with me, including other interns, some of our internal creative talent and, of course the L&D team. Together we hope to produce a final product that entices everyone to make the most of the technology we have at our disposal and approach learning in new ways.
ZN: I am currently dealing with the Ad Sales client database, which contains thousands of entries about each client that has advertised on our channels. My task is to improve the database by adding more specific product categories. As our team receive requests from regional sales teams on reports about spending of a specific category (e.g., tourism board spending), I add categories making these more detailed reports possible.

Finance Intern Zhonglun Nie

What has been your favorite part of working at Discovery so far?
SHW: The best part about working at Discovery has been the number of people that are so willing to help and advise you. Already I have learned so much and have been able to apply this to all of my projects. I really enjoy the executive breakfasts and lunches with different managers as they are very informal and you can ask as many questions as you can think of!
ZN: I love the environment and the people here. Everyone is so helpful and friendly (funny, as well), and my team especially has given me a lot of help with both technical working skills (computer skills) and acclimating myself to the office environment. I believe this organizational culture is definitely something unique to Discovery.

What is one goal you want to accomplish by the end of your internship?
SHW: I only have three months here at Discovery, so it is important for me that I manage to prove how committed I am to my role and exceed the already high expectations. The presentation project demands a lot of time and a huge amount of planning. Therefore, I really want to ensure that this stands out, is a success and, most importantly, that people enjoy it.
ZN: At the moment it is to perform well in my role and accomplish my project in high quality. Also I wish to know more about how the company operates and build lifelong relationships with some amazing people I have met in this company.

If you could guest star on any Discovery show, what would it be and why?
SHW: It would have to be Shark Week. I worked at a dolphin sanctuary before and love marine biology. In my spare time, I am always out on the water, either water skiing or wakeboarding. Normally when Shark Week is on I am on a family holiday in Huntington Beach, California, and we watch it every evening (being grateful that we haven’t encountered a shark that day).
ZN: It has be River Monsters. I am generally into Discovery Channel’s wildlife programs and this is the main reason that I applied for the internship.

Sara, what have you learned about the role of Learning & Development at Discovery and at the company as a whole?
The Learning & Development role is perfect if you enjoy interacting with other employees and working across several areas. I have already been able to speak with John Honeycutt, EVP & COO for Discovery Networks International, regarding the business agenda, to attend an audio session in Soho with the Production team and to learn about the latest technology thanks to the Digital Media team. I particularly enjoy coming up with new and exciting ideas and pitching these to my team. It is incredible how much Discovery works to ensure that our employees have access to the latest products and a huge opportunity to progress personally.

Lun, what have you learned about our international businesses and the media industry as a finance intern?
ZN: I would like to quote something that DNI COO John Honeycutt relayed: ”If you don’t like change, you are not choosing the wrong company; you are choosing the wrong industry.” This business is amazingly dynamic and ever changing, and to me this is the beauty of it. On the more technical side, I learned more about how the business works. Content is always king — driving ad sales and affiliate sales.

Meet the Interns: Human Resources’ Andres Gomez

April 24, 2012 | by aharris
Andres Gomez

Andres Gomez

After a great semester, last week we bid farewell to our spring interns at Discovery Communications (as we get ready for a wonderful new group to join us in June). In our final Meet the Interns profile, we’ll introduce you to Andres Gomez, a second-year Master of Arts candidate at Hofstra University. He is currently studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has been enjoying his time this semester with the Human Resources Learning & Development team. (We’d also like to give a big thanks to Mark DiGiammarino, our intern, who has taken the lead on our Meet the Interns series. Congrats on your graduation and best of luck!)

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery?
I applied to intern with Discovery because I was interested in gaining some valuable experience in the field of Human Resources. I also wanted to get a feel for working for a large and very successful organization. After all, Discovery is the #1 nonfiction media company in the world — it would have been foolish of me not to jump on the opportunity!

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
My family was very excited that such a great opportunity had come my way.  Although some of my friends and colleagues couldn’t help but be a little jealous, they were happy and excited for me.

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
I am working on several projects, but one of the most exciting is a new training course designed to help managers develop the needed skills to have effective career development conversations with their direct reports. In the process of doing so, I interviewed members from the Total Compensation team and reviewed existing courses within Discovery’s Global Banding Program. This project helped me to develop my interpersonal skills by allowing me to work directly with HR professionals. I also drafted content for a training program that will actually be used here at Discovery!

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
I like the culture of Discovery Communications here in New York. The people are very friendly and welcoming, and it’s clear that it is an environment that fosters individual growth and employee satisfaction.

What is one goal you sought to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
I set out to accomplish a task that would offer a meaningful contribution to the Learning & Development team in the small amount of time I would be interning with them and, in the end, I created a system to track employee completion of the Professional Growth Program curriculum. This not only helps the Learning & Development team, but will allow employees in the PGP to track their professional development and course completions.  I am very proud of this project because I had a large amount of autonomy and was able to complete the project from start to finish.

For more information about internships and careers and Discovery Communications, make sure to visit!

Meet the Interns: Discovery Channel Marketing’s Camila Cabrer

April 12, 2012 | by aharris

In this week’s Meet the Interns post, you’ll get to know Camila Cabrer. Camila is studying public communication and marketing at American University in Washington D.C. and is interning with Discovery Channel Marketing. If you’re interested in a position like Camila’s be sure to check out the Discovery Careers website!

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery?
Interning at Discovery has been a goal of mine ever since my sophomore year at AU. I had only heard great things about the program and was an avid follower of the Discovery networks. It seemed like a great program and an excellent way to gain the experience and industry knowledge that would help me excel in the future.

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
They thought I was the coolest person ever! They were very impressed and interested in learning about how I got the internship and what I would be doing. Of course many of them asked for Discovery swag!

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
One of my favorite parts about interning at Discovery has been how friendly and nice people are here. They are always willing to help and are always encouraging you to do the best you can and to continuously challenge yourself.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
I hope to build and keep relationships with the members of the team I have worked with. They have all been extremely helpful and open to any questions I might have had.

If you could guest star on any Discovery Communications network show, what would it be and why?
It would probably be Extreme Couponing. It always amazes me how they are able to keep track of all those coupons and I would love to see how they do it! Paying close to nothing for groceries is always a perk.

Meet the Interns: Digital Distribution’s TJ Cooney

March 22, 2012 | by aharris

In the fourth installment of our Meet the Interns series, you will get to know TJ Cooney. TJ is a senior at The Catholic University of America and is currently spending the spring semester with Discovery’s Digital Distribution department at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery? 
I applied to intern at Discovery Communications because I have loved their networks’ shows for as long as can remember. Since entering school, I have seen how Discovery has made it part of their mission to educate the world, and that is something I really want to be a part of.

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
My family was thrilled. They all knew that I have wanted to work here for as long as I can remember and were very supportive. They also knew that I interned and worked very hard at other places in order to get the opportunity to intern here, and I am exactly where I want to be right now.

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
The largest project I am working on is an industry landscape study, where I am basically creating a guide detailing how our digital distribution partners (such as Netflix, Apple and Amazon) are displaying our content, which can also be a tool to teach others about the services.

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
I really admire how people are so open here to talk about what they do. You can really tell that people are doing what they want to do, and that really creates an upbeat and motivating atmosphere. Everything I come across is top notch in terms of quality, and this gives me a high bar to meet when I do my work. It makes me and everyone else that much better.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
My goal is to just create as many meaningful relationships as I can here at Discovery, along with trying to absorb as much of the different aspects of the company as possible. I have been lucky enough to have been sent to different departments to observe how many of the pieces within the company work together, which has taught me a lot in a short period of time.

If you could guest star on any Discovery show, what would it be and why?
Sons of Guns is easily my favorite show on Discovery right now, with MythBusters and Man vs. Wild coming in a close second and third. I am very good with my hands, and have been building all kinds of things since I was a kid. I also respect and love firearms, and have been around them for nearly my entire life. I could just see working in a gun shop as a great experience, and I think I would really get along with Will and the rest of the team at Red Jacket. They help their community by doing what they love.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your internship experience?
I just want to say that I am very thankful for this opportunity and that Discovery really has taught me a lot in my short time here. It has really been a breath of fresh air to see how a company such as this works from the inside, and this has only further motivated me to try to become a part of something as special as Discovery.

Meet the Interns: Discovery Channel Production’s Eliana Vivier

March 14, 2012 | by aharris

In the third installment of our Meet the Interns series we introduce you to Eliana Vivier, a senior at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst double majoring in communication and psychology. Eliana is currently an intern with Discovery Channel‘s Production team in Los Angeles. If you’re interested in a position like Eliana’s, be sure to check out our career site for opportunities!

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery? 
I applied to intern at Discovery for several reasons. Most importantly, since it is my goal to work in media and entertainment, Discovery seemed to be an appropriate place to apply. Additionally, the high quality of work produced and the integrity of the company further influenced my decision to apply.

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
My friends and family were very excited and proud of me when they learned of my opportunity.

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
Since I am not assigned to one specific task, I am able to explore and learn about many of the aspects of the behind-the-scenes operations of Discovery.

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
My favorite aspect is the people I work with and their willingness to answer questions and teach me new things to make this a valuable learning experience.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
By interning at Discovery I hope to gain a better understanding of the possible opportunities in television production.

If you could guest star on any Discovery Communications network show, what would it be and why?
If I could guest star on any show it would be Bering Sea Gold, because after watching it I had a desire to try dredging for gold; I have a very strong sense of adventure!