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JEM Alum’s NYC IRTS Fellowship Experience

Nick LewandowskiNick Lewandowski (BS/JEM ’17) was one of 33 students selected from a nationwide pool of 1400 applicants to participate in the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) summer fellowship program in New York. The fellowship covers airfare and housing expenses along with a monthly stipend.

Lewandowski and his class of fellows spent their first week, during IRTS bootcamp, visiting prominent companies in the media industry and meeting top executives from Google, FOX, CNBC, Nielsen, Facebook, Spotify, and several more. Mock interviews with professionals across the media industry hosted by HBO capped off the week.

Lewandowski spent the next eight weeks interning full-time with the Television Bureau of Advertising’s (TVB) business development team. During his time at TVB, he became Account Executive Online Training certified while assisting with presentations shown to local member stations across all 210 Designated Market Areas (DMAs). Nick at Spotify

Throughout the summer, he was able to job hunt and conducted nearly 50 informational interviews with media industry companies. The experience provided constant networking opportunities and team building activities with his class of Fellows that created lifelong friendships.

“This summer has been a phenomenal experience, and I encourage all students that are passionate about media to apply,” said Lewandowski. “Grabbing coffee with key players in the media industry and experiencing all that New York has to offer is what IRTS provides. I’m extremely thankful to have been given this opportunity and hope to see more Tennessee Volunteers represented in the coming years!”

Since returning from his fellowship, Lewandowski has accepted a position in New York City with Scripps Networks Interactive as a sales assistant with the Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

For more information: about IRTS see irtsfoundation.org; and about the IRTS Summer Fellowship program visit their Tumblr page at https://2017irtssummerfellowship.tumblr.com/. JEM has had a number of students selected to participate in IRTS over the years including Trey Fabacher (BS/JEM ’89), Rob Turner (BS/JEM ’92), Tori Blase (BS/JEM ’93), Laura Lefler Herzog (BS/JEM ’01) and Chandler Condrone (BS/JEM ’16).