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University of Iowa News Release

June 8, 2004

UI Students Earn Scholarships To Intern At Viacom, TV News Station

Two University of Iowa students have great internships this summer, one at Viacom in New York City and the other at a St. Louis television station. To offset travel, housing and other expenses associated with the positions, they earned $1,500 scholarships that can be used to cover these expenses.

The UI Career Center has announced that Ryan Roemerman and India Morrow are recipients of two Keith Benson/Sam Goody Entertainment Internship Scholarship.

Roemerman, a junior communication studies major, will be interning this summer with Viacom/MTV Networks in New York City. Viacom is creating a gay and lesbian channel through MTV Networks that will be launching in early 2005. Roemerman is one of the first interns ever hired by the new channel. He will assist with programming and development, as well as promotion in the New York City area.

Roemerman, of Des Moines, spent his first week working on several projects, such as arranging acquisition of movies for the network, building rapport with gay and lesbian film festivals, and assisting with proposals for original programming for the new channel. He's staying in dorms at Marymount College in Manhattan, which are conveniently located near the Viacom production offices.

"I like being able get in on the ground level of this new channel and work on some hands-on projects," he said. "I'm proud to have an internship that will impact people's lives and create more understanding."

Morrow, of Libertyville, Ill., is a junior at the UI majoring in journalism/mass communications and Spanish. She will be interning this summer with KSDK News Channel 5 in St. Louis. She will be working at the assignment desk, working with reporters, doing research and completing special projects.

"KSDK is a wonderful station to learn from since it is the highest rated NBC station in the nation. I am so thankful to have been granted this opportunity," she said.

The scholarship is funded by a donation from the Sam Goody organization in the name of Keith Benson, a UI alumnus and retired chief financial officer at Sam Goody.

"Benson understands that these experiences in the entertainment industry are often not compensated, and therefore chose to apply the gift as encouragement to students pursuing their dreams and using the internship to open doors for future careers," said Molly Rechkemmer, a program manager in the UI Career Center.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Molly Rechkemmer, Career Center, 319-335-1023