By: Jessy Edwards, Greenheart J-1 Trainee and 2017 Career Advancement Program Ambassador Scholar

What skills do you hope to gain during your traineeship?

As a journalist from New Zealand, it was a thrill walking into NBC’s headquarters in New York City for the first time.

While wandering this well-known building, I snapped pictures of the gold embossed ‘30 Rockefeller Plaza’ sign on the iconic building of the same name, the peacock imprint in the burgundy carpet of the elevator, and a screen flashing a picture of the cast of Friends.

With this J-1 Traineeship, I’ve been offered the opportunity to develop my career by gaining experience and skills in news video production at one of the world’s leading media companies. In the next few months I’m hoping to sharpen my skills to become a leading video news producer in a media climate where video is of and increasing importance.

NBC, National Broadcasting Company, is the birthplace of iconic shows, such as Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt, and so many other successful productions. The biggest names in media now stand in line and order buffalo chicken wraps from the same cafeteria as me.

My love for journalism has brought me to NBC New York, a constant winner of journalism recognition and Emmy Awards for stories such as their coverage of 9/11, homelessness, disability, and inner-city education.

I’m looking forward to discovering even more unique New York stories and characters that will allow me to deepen my understanding of what it’s like to be a New Yorker in the year 2017.  And I’m hoping some of that NBC magic will get passed over to me, too.

By the end of my Traineeship, I hope to be able to write a script like Tina Fey or ask a pointed question like Rachel Maddow. If I am able to document the city half as well as generations of leading journalists who have walked the halls of NBC before me, I will be in very good shape to cover the news for the rest of my career.

Here’s to the next 18 months working with the best in the business at NBC!

Are you interested in gaining similar real-world experience that will allow you to start your career? Check out Greenheart’s Intern and Trainee program!