Posted by: Louis Lavelle on May 11, 2011
If the media business is your destination, there are few better places to start than the NBC Universal Page Program. It’s a 12-month post-graduation program that boasts a 75 percent placement at NBC Universal including jobs in news, entertainment and production.
The video below features Page Program alumni talking about their experiences. The program started 1933, and has some pretty famous alumni: talk show host Regis Philbin, ABC-TV newsman Ted Koppel, former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner, actress Kate Jackson, and Sara Haines, the Today Show web correspondent. And of course, let’s not forget the fictional page, Kenneth Parcell, on 30 Rock.
The actual experience is a series of 12-week assignments that give new pages a chance to try different parts of the company on for size. You could end up working with the staff of Saturday Night Life, the Conan O’Brien Show, or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And if you’re really lucky, as one of the program alumni recounts in the video, Steven Spielberg might ask you where the bathroom is.
But before you start looking for an apartment near Rockefeller Plaza, consider the obstacles. You need a minimum 3.2 GPA (okay, that’s not much of an obstacle) and two to four media-related internships. Lots of extra-curriculuars and leadership experiences don’t hurt.
To apply, visit the NBC Universal Careers site.