Ask Jessica Rooney if she's loyal to one particular network, and she'll probably say CBS. At least that's true this summer while she interns at the Rachael Ray Show.
After all, the senior communications major has already worked for ABC and FOX, so she "thought it would be a good idea to expand [her] experience with another company."
Jessica loves television talk shows and her heart was set on landing an internship in New York City for the summer. She applied "like crazy to anything and everything I could think of," she said. She was thrilled to hear she'd gotten the job at the Rachael Ray Show, describing herself as a fan.
Her supervisor, Production Coordinator Katy O'Malley, has become a fan of Jessica's. She's "very helpful, sweet, professional, and eager to learn." She added that Jessica has "great potential," standing out from the other applicants with her endearing personality and "passion to learn everything in the industry."
Behind the Scenes
That passion is immediately apparent. One of her first television experiences came during a World of Work internship class when she job shadowed a WFTV news reporter in her hometown of Orlando, Florida. She was on-site for the Casey Anthony murder trial, alongside local and national news stations and in the control vehicle watching clips get edited to air.
Last spring, she interned at Fox Charlotte where she worked on both the night and morning shows. She shadowed reporters on the set and in the field, and even reported her own stand-ups.
When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was in Charlotte last year, Jessica earned yet another "amazing opportunity" to work as an intern/runner for ABC World News. She personally escorted host Diane Sawyer along with other news personalities and politicos. "Overall it was an excellent hands-on experience," she said. "I learned so much about the business and what goes on behind the scenes."
"I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given through Queens, and I definitely think they’ve made a huge difference in my future career."
- Jessica Rooney, ’14
Having the DNC experience helped prepare her for Rachael Ray. "I am so thankful for the opportunities I've been given through Queens, and I definitely think they've made a huge difference in my future career."
Real-world Experience in the Big Apple
At Rachael Ray she's learning about both pre-production and production, and how to conduct research projects for producers. She's also answering phones, distributing packages, assisting wardrobe, and "running any and every errand possible to help things get done ASAP." She can't talk about those errands in detail, but she assures us her bosses are a lot nicer than the mean publishing queen portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada, adding, "you learn so much from everybody!"
Working with the show's producers has been an eye opener. "It's great to hear their personal stories and how they come up with ideas for the different segments. It takes a lot to put it all together."