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Intern of the Month

October 2021

Denisse Quintanilla

Photo of Denisse QuintanillaMajor: Foreign Language/Spanish with concentration in Communication (media studies and production)

Graduation Date: May 2022

Internship Title: CNBC en Español intern

Employer Name: CNBC, NBCUniversal

Employer Location: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Internship Dates: June 7 – December 7, 2021

Describe your role or a typical day.
In this virtual internship, the first thing I do is check my email and write in my planner the tasks I have to accomplish for the day. Then, I attend the morning editorial meetings where I summarize the stories that will be covered in the shows and send those to my manager. Depending on the day, I have to research and write scripts in Spanish for Informe CNBC. I select business stories from the CNBC site that would be interesting to the Hispanic community, paste those onto a Google Doc, send it over to producers in Telemundo, and then once they select the three stories, I summarize each article in 2 sentences in Spanish. They are then sent to my manager for approval. For the rest of the day, I edit videos and produce them for the site.

How did you hear about or obtain this role?
I have been applying to NBCUniversal since I was a sophomore, and following them on Instagram to know when their applications opened for each semester. One other thing I would like to point out is that I heard about this role just by doing some research on my own. I took 30 minutes out of my day and created a spreadsheet of all the internship opportunities I was interested in applying for within the company.

What were your major responsibilities at the internship?

  • Write 1 minute scripts in Spanish of business stories that are relevant to the Hispanic community.
  • Translate, edit, and produce CNBC and CNBC Make It videos from English to Spanish that are posted on the CNBC En Español site, which is then shared with all of the Telemundo stations across the country.
  • Research topics that are relevant to the Hispanic community and write scripts about each topic – Interview sources, research and write articles for CNBC’s College Voices, which is a series of articles written by interns pertaining to topics that impact college students.

What interested you about it?
In the beginning, I wasn’t very interested because I didn’t have a business background, and the topics were hard to grasp. However, after learning the ins and outs of the position, I began to enjoy connecting everyday events to those in the business world, one of those being the impact the COVID vaccine can have on the stock market. The other thing that interests me about this position is the fact that I can improve my video editing skills using Adobe Premier Pro. I love the adrenaline of editing a video and putting it all together.

What did you learn through your experience? How can you relate this to your future career goals?
I learned that it’s okay to ask questions if I did not understand something, and put myself out there so others can know my name. I am generally a shy person, but my team has helped me grow out of my comfort zone and be vocal about my opinions. With this internship being virtual, I’ve learned to be more independent and advocate for myself. I have my own website within CNBC that showcases all of my work that I do, which will help build my future career because it displays my written and production experience that I can show future recruiters. I want to be a bilingual journalist in the future, so everything I’m doing now, whether it’s editing or writing, will prepare me for that next step in my career.

What advice would you give to other students about the internship experience?
The advice I would give students is to apply and put in the work. The internship process is long, tedious and stressful, but if you don’t do your research and apply to positions, they will never advance. I recommend that they sit down for 15-20 minutes and research opportunities that interest them, and then set another 30 minutes to apply or polish their resumes so they can get to the next round. Another piece of advice is to find ways to make themselves more marketable and stand out from others, because it is a competitive world out there. One last piece of advice is to be persistent, and don’t be discouraged by rejection. Rejection is just a part of the process, and there will always be other opportunities. Also, be sure to make an make an appointment with Career Development. This department will help you with literally anything from job/internship searching to cover letters and resumes. They are a viable resource and a great place to start if you aren’t too sure what step to take in your job search.