Name: Mausum Shah
Majors: Marketing and Finance
Year: Junior (2016)
Company: Showtime Networks
How did you get the internship?
I had applied online through their company website, then had a super day the following week.
Describe a typical day at your internship.
First thing I do when I come into work is check my emails. Since I work part time, I often have a good amount of emails to sift through. After that, I usually start on whatever project needed for that day. My job is research and organizing data into easy-to-read reports. Either I'm working on a weekly one that's sent out or a monthly one to be uploaded onto our company database. Sometimes I have unique projects that are request-based from different departments. For the most part I work in excel and PowerPoint, and a data site called Rentrak, which helps us track TV data (viewing stats). I usually grab food around 1PM, then continue working on various reports with the occasional meeting or two in the afternoon.
Is your job more technical/creative/quantitative/etc.?
My job is definitely more technical and quantitative. It's a lot of data-mining and analysis of previous programming. The reports and analysis we conduct on my team however, are used to help scheduling figure out what shows to throw out and which to keep watching. It's pretty cool being able to see how many people watch certain shows in comparison to others.
What have you learned at your internship?
Through my internship, I have definitely refined my excel skills. I'm significantly better with alt-codes and pivot tables. I've also learned how to manage multiple projects, or in this case, reports, at one time. Often there's a lot of reports being done at the same time and it can be tough to manage it all! I've also learned more about the TV industry, more specifically premium networks- such as HBO, Starz, etc.
How has your classwork applied to your internship?
To be honest, I don't think my classwork has applied to my internship. I haven't taken any classes on the type of work I do, and everything I know now I was taught in the beginning. Working in Media and TV is pretty unique in that every company is extremely different. However, having strong excel and PowerPoint skills is suggested.
Advice for fellow students looking for internships or at other internships.
One thing that really helped me look for internships was actually just asking my peers about different things they've applied to. A lot of my applications were to companies that older students recommended to me- many of these apps were not on Wasserman. I would also highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone. I actually don't watch any TV so working at a TV network was pretty scary at first! There was a lot to learn. Don't be afraid to try new things!! It may reveal a passion of yours.