Aug. 30, 2007
Big Ten, Fox Networks to offer internships to UI students
The Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks Group have announced a wide-ranging internship, career counseling and recruitment program that will help generations of Big Ten students pursue media careers.
Beginning this fall semester, Fox and the Big Ten Network are establishing new studio and production facilities on each of the Big Ten university campuses for use by students, faculty and departments participating in the program. University administration and faculty will work with Fox and the Big Ten Network to integrate university media studies curricula into the new internship, career counseling and recruitment program.
"The Big Ten Network Internships are ambitious and exciting and should prove a source of beneficial experience for so many of our students," said Gerald Wickham, director of experiential education in the University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center. "Ten students from each of the Big Ten schools will gain innovative professional experience and receive mentoring from a global organization that actively promotes diversity."
Big Ten Conference member universities are providing course credit to juniors and seniors of good standing who can participate in the initial internship phase of the program for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. An initial class of 110 students -- or ten from each university -- is expected to grow exponentially over the course of the conference and Fox's 20-year partnership in Big Ten Network.
Each intern will develop professional experience, credits and contacts through onscreen and behind-the-scenes contributions to Big Ten Network programming produced on-campus and distributed through Big Ten Network-controlled television, Internet, mobile and other services.
As students matriculate through the university internship phase of the program, Fox and university representatives will provide advanced career counseling and guidance to help each one identify professional interests and opportunities. Once each student graduates from his or her university, Fox professionals will then work with each to identify potential entry and career paths within the Fox organization. Those hired will receive one-on-one mentoring from senior Fox officials from within their chosen career paths, including many who have likewise matriculated at Big Ten universities.
As part of their ongoing efforts to promote diversity throughout the media, Fox and the Big Ten Network are hoping to attract significant numbers of students from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds to the program.
Besides Big Ten Network, Fox operations already committed to the project include:
--Fox Broadcasting Company, the nation's most popular television network, based at Fox Networks Group headquarters in Los Angeles.
--FOX Sports, one of the world's most recognized and innovative producers of NFL, MLB, NASCAR and the Bowl Championship Series college football line-up, among other sports programming.
--Top networks FX, FSN, SPEED, National Geographic Channel, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Reality, Fox Soccer Channel, FUEL TV, Fox College Sports and Fox Sports en Espanol, including local operations in Washington, DC; Charlotte, NC and Miami, among other locations.
--Fox's 19 owned-and-operated regional sports networks, serving 39 of America's top 50 cities, including FSN Detroit, FSN Cleveland, FSN Pittsburgh and FSN North in Minneapolis and several other Midwest cities enabling future Big Ten students to pursue careers closer to home.
--Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, which provides technical solutions, field production support and manages all the signal transmissions out of the Fox Networks Center in Los Angeles and a new facility under construction outside of Houston.
Fox officials intend to expand the program in both student participants and the scope of Fox operations involved, and so are already coordinating with other sister divisions that include 20th Century Fox Film, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Television Studios, Fox News, MySpace.com, FOXSports.com on MSN, Harper Collins, the 35 Fox television stations and other major media operations.
The Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of major men's and women's events, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming.
More information on the Big Ten Network is available on the Web at http://www.bigtennetwork.com/.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500