Oregon State seniors Joshua and Jeremy Peschka both spent their summer in Atlanta, Ga., as interns for Turner Broadcasting System. Both new media communications majors, they have similar passions for film and production, and even produce their own TV show on campus, “The Watchmen,” on which they review films. They recently directed and won best drama at the 2010 Campus MovieFest finale, for their short film, “Ménage“. We recently caught up with them in the KBVR TV studios to find out more about their internships, and how facilities at Oregon State gave them an advantage amidst tough competition.
Can you explain how both of you got an internship at the same place?
Jeremy: We had 3 interviews. After the initial interview, they interviewed us for a studio position, which cut it down to nearly 40. And then they interviewed us again and cut it down to the final five. They said there were over 500 people that applied so it was nice being the top 1% that got it.
Josh: The reason that they decided that [to hire both of us] was because at first it wasn’t paid, so they were under the assumption we can help each other out with money. Then all of a sudden, 3 days before we started, they decided to pay us to help us out. But we were both really qualified too.
How were you qualified for the internship?
Josh: Since we produced our show, it got us far. And then after the interview we interviewed with our boss, and then interviewed with 6 others from Turner. We had to impress them with our personality. So it’s like our experience here got us so far, but after that it was more like our personality that got us the job.
Jeremy: Turner was afraid that we were overqualified for the internship, and so it was nice that our experiences at Oregon State helped us to get an internship. And almost not get an internship because our experience was so great here.
What was it like at Turner Broadcasting?
Josh: We would have scheduled office weeks and times where we would be in the studio. Some days we didn’t have work to do, so we would network around and ask to learn about what people did and how they did it.
Jeremy: It’s nice because we got to work for stations like CNN, Cartoon Network and NBA TV, and there was a wide variety of different shows and commercials we worked on.
On our last day, we were interviewing one of the main executives at Turner, and the directors of photography said, “We’re going to go for lunch for a few hours. You interns set everything up.” So we set up the background. We set up the lights, cameras, everything. They got back and said, “Ok, looks great, lets start filming.” It was nice, because it was such an important interview, and yet they trusted us to do everything.
By the end we got to learn how to use all the cameras. We actually got to work a lot with 3D cameras, so we got to work a little with 3D editing. It was a great experience. We were even nicknamed the “Twinterns”.
Is there any advice that you would suggest to others looking for internships?
Josh: Just apply to everything; we each applied probably to 200 things. From all that, I got like, two callbacks.
But while you’re there, a piece of advice is to ask questions and work hard. Everyone loves teaching people how they do stuff. We’d go up to the audio person and ask, “Hey, teach me about audio. I want to know everything you know.”
Jeremy: A lot of people worked hard, but what made us stand out was that when they asked us to move furniture and stuff we always did it with a smile. Having that smile combined with a good attitude helped them out and made them less stressed.