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Confessions of an Intern

Learn about some intern experiences from the Herbert School of Communication

Ciara Musson

The Sesame Workshop

Ciara w/ ElmoWhat is your current job title, and what are the responsibilities of this position?

I currently work as a coordinator for the International Media Distribution department at Sesame Workshop. My main responsibilities are working with media companies abroad (such as BBC and Hulu Japan) to coordinate and deliver Sesame content as well as approve of international Muppet voice dubbing. (If you find yourself in Poland, I approved of the Polish Cookie Monster's voice!)

What internships did you have during your time at Hofstra?

My first internship was at Sesame Workshop under the show “The Electric Company.” I aided in web game and app creation that worked as supplemental content for the show.
My second internship was at PBS under WNET (NY Public Media), working as a social media intern for a crowd-sourced documentary series titled “Sacred. ” I provided support in outreach both domestically and internationally as well as helped in research and development.
My third internship was at CNN under the Special Projects unit. I got the opportunity to pitch and produce my own piece for a series called “Impact Your World.” I covered a story on a passionate youth homelessness organization in New York City called The Covenant House: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/02/us/iyw-covenant-house/

How did your internship impact the work you did at Hofstra?

Once I started interning, I became hyper aware of the opportunities available at Hofstra. It clicked then that there were so many invaluable resources and tools in front of me that it forced me to seize them before it was too late. My junior and senior years at Hofstra were the hardest but the most rewarding years of my college career and I have internships to thank for it because it gave me that renewed sense of direction.

What was the most valuable thing you learned during your internships?

If you learn and understand what your co-workers do, you are able to communicate and generate content more effectively. For example, I worked with producers, cameramen and editors to create my story for CNN and did so with ease because I could speak their language.

How did your internship experience(s) help you obtain your current position and start your career path?

I stayed connected with the Sesame community while at school and was fortunate to be recommended for a position come graduation. I learned quickly through my internship experiences that I loved non-profit and children’s television so it was a no-brainer when I learned about the position.

What advice would you give to current/future interns to make the most of their internship experiences?

Make it a goal to sit down for coffee or lunch with one person in the company that has a position you desire or is just a great person in general. I found it so nerve-racking to do, but it had amazing rewards.


Cara DiMarco, Video/Television (B.A.)

Meet Cara DiMarco a senior video/television production major studying at Hofstra University. Learn all about her internship experiences and how they have helped shaped her career path.

Kara Koch, Video/Television (B.A.)

Meet Hofstra alumna, Kara Koch, Class of 2007. Learn more about her experiences at Hofstra University and how they have shaped her career at Sesame Workshop..