My last two weeks at PBS went much faster than I would’ve liked. They were filled with many activities for my fellow interns and me, my favorite being the media and millennials think tank facilitated by some of the General Audience Programming team. We started off by saying our favorite TV shows and using that answer as a platform for what streaming services we use and the media consumption behaviors we practice. A lot of thought provoking conversation and debate was had about what media and television, specifically PBS content, will look like in the future.
Later in the week, I attended a former PBS intern panel. The four panelists discussed the skills they gained in their respective internships and how they ended up back in Crystal City after stints in other endeavors. Interns also had the opportunity to go to “PBS on the Hill” which included the government affairs team informing us how they advocate on PBS’ behalf to keep educational programming alive. The last intern program I thoroughly enjoyed was our visit to the NOC (Network Operations Center) in Alexandria. I learned about the vision the team there has for the future of broadcast engineering—cloud based technology. For not being a tech person myself, I found the information to be quite interesting.
As I have mentioned before, the intern seminars have been the highlight of my weeks at PBS, but in my last two weeks the highlight shifted to the conference call that Station Services held. The call regarded the disability initiative in programming I previously researched. We discussed how PBS can be a convener for the member stations when it comes to this relevant topic and heard from different stations on what content on screen or programs off screen they’re creating around people with disabilities. It was a unique and rewarding experience to be able to hear about the different content I researched from the creators themselves.
Coming from a member station, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a corporate environment at PBS HQ. Little did I know I would be introduced to many talented people who have so much passion for what they do— a passion for serving both the member stations and the American public through curating inspiring, educational, and engaging programming. Whether it was through an intern seminar, conference call or coffee date, every day at PBS further encouraged me to pursue a career path of advocacy in the media industry.