(Pictured: Alcon Entertainment’s new film, Blade Runner 2049, which will be released October 6, 2017).
The following is a reflection from JPCatholic student Rachel Wostenberg, on her internship at Alcon Entertainment.
How did you secure your internship?
When the internship search began I contacted Prof. Chris Riley, my screenwriting professor. He gave me the email of his friend Ryan Dornbush at Alcon Entertainment. I then went for an interview, and was offered the position a few weeks later. I know a lot of people had a difficult time finding internships and that it was stressful for everyone. However, the Culbertsons (Kevin Culbertson: Professor of Business, Debra Culbertson: Director of Career Services & Student Success) were helpful and supportive and Prof. Riley made the process for me relatively quick and very rewarding.
What did your internship consist of?
In addition to various office duties, I learned what the industry is like and how a real production company is operated. I was able to read scripts, look at real director’s notebooks, and ask as many questions as I could think of. It was a great experience. Alcon is what you make of it, and everyone is always willing to answer any questions you have and give you work if you ask for it.
What was your favorite part of your internship? What part helped you grow the most?
My favorite part of the internship was the people I met in the office and the different conversations I had with them. Everyone was very kind, and they made me feel welcome instantly. This helped me grow because initially I was nervous being in this new place with new people, but after a few days of being there, I became more comfortable asking questions and more eager to learn whatever I could from everyone.
Were you able to “Impact Culture for Christ” during your internship? If so, how?
I believe that I was able to impact culture for Christ on a small level by being kind and open to every person in the office. Having a positive attitude can go a long way, and I never tried to hide my faith, so everyone knew it and no one seemed to mind. We’re all people and deserve to be treated as such; I believe by showing kindness to others, it is much easier for others to be kind in return. I was also as helpful as I could while there, and thus helping everyone to be more productive. It is a busy place to be, so lightening the load for any one person will not go unnoticed.
Do you have any interesting stories about your internship?
Harrison Ford walked into the office one day for a meeting and I validated his parking. I also had a conversation with Jerry Bruckheimer about my injured wrist, and I was so nervous and distracted that I gave him about two minutes to get to his car before his validation ran out and he’d be charged. I hope he made it!
What advice about being an intern or the process of securing an internship would you like to share with others?
Advice about being an intern would be to always ask questions and be open to doing the little things that are asked of you, even if you don’t know how. People are almost always open to teaching you what they know, and they love talking about how they got to where they are, so soak it all in while you can. Advice about the internship process would be to apply to A LOT of places, use your resources, and ask for help wherever you can.