Meet the Interns: Discovery Channel’s Anastacia Darby

Last week, we profiled Chris Najmi, the first of several spring semester Discovery interns that we will be introducing you to via Discovery Blog. In today’s Meet the Interns installment, you’ll meet Anastacia Darby, a sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C. who is studying International Communications and Business Marketing. For more information about internships and careers and Discovery Communications, make sure to visit!

What department are you interning with?
I am interning in Discovery Channel‘s Program Development and Production department at the Silver Spring headquarters.

Why did you apply to intern with Discovery?
Aside from a general love for the network, I took a particular interest in Discovery after working as a Production Assistant on Seasons 1 and 2 of Sons of Guns, which filmed in my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From this, I knew that I wanted to try to continue working with the network when I returned to school here in D.C. Since my previous experience was in production, working in the Program Development and Production department has given me the unique opportunity to understand and participate in the process that leads to that point.

How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
Everyone was extremely excited and impressed. It is definitely one of those internships that you can’t wait to tell people about!

Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
I am responsible for a few ongoing projects, such as producing a bi-weekly reports spanning competitor, top production company, and other network news and ratings.

What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
By far, my favorite aspect of my internship has been sitting in on meetings with the Development team.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish during your time with the Discovery Channel team?
I hope to gain a better understanding of the development process, from idea conception to production hand off, and the factors that drive the decision-making processes along the way.

If you could guest star on any Discovery network show, what would it be and why?
I would love to be a surprised contestant on Cash Cab someday…though, honestly, I am camera shy and probably wouldn’t sign the release.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your internship experience?
Everyone in my department has been so welcoming! I instantly felt like a part of the team which makes for a truly great work environment!