The highlight of my past two weeks at PBS has most definitely been the intern seminar program. HR put a few events together for us so we could get to know each other and different departments in the company. Last week, the interns were able to hear from the general audience programming team. They explained how a show is made from start to finish. I was particularly interested in the initial pitching and development process because I worked in Content Strategy and Development at the member station, WPSU. It was intriguing to me to be able to truly understand the various ways of how stations actually receive PBS programming.
Monday, the interns had lunch with Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital Officer at PBS. He was quick to say that he loves working with the people at PBS and fully embraces the positive company culture, saying it starts at the top. He gave advice about taking each opportunity one has in stride because they will someday lead to even more opportunities and promotions in future positions. Finally, he led us through his career path in Hollywood and beyond, encouraging us to schedule a one-on-one with him if we had any other questions.
Back at my desk, I continued to update the professional development database that I have been working on for the majority of my internship. It holds many innovative opportunities for station employees so I’m excited for them to see the finished product in the next few months. I am also helping to prep for the disability initiative conference call that Station Services is holding next week. We hope the call will serve as a conversation starter for creating inclusive content around people with disabilities.