Media for the Masses
Viacom is one of the biggest media conglomerates in the U.S. and home to popular cable networks such as MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and more. It is also parent to one of the largest film production studios in the country, Paramount Pictures. Headquartered in the heart of Manhattan in Times Square, Viacom has hired more Pace undergraduate interns in the last year than any other company.
Students studying everything from communications and film and screen studies, to finance, information technology, marketing, and even biology flock to the company each semester for internships. And through the University’s strong connection to Viacom, many Pace students are able to fill those coveted internship positions.
Former CEO of Viacom Entertainment Neil Braun now serves as Dean of the Lubin School of Business, leading students and alumni like Alexandra White ’11 to successful careers and internships there. Originally an accounting major, White had a change of heart to marketing after competing on The Biggest Loser and was able to realize her career dreams through a marketing management internship at MTV. Braun also welcomes current Viacom employees to engage with students right here on campus. President of Viacom Entertainment Group Doug Herzog is currently serving as Lubin’s Executive in Residence, lecturing on timely business issues and providing students with unique insights from a real business perspective.
But it isn’t all business between Pace and this powerhouse media company. Communications Studies student Sean Green ’14 found himself at Paramount Pictures as an intern for their Field Marketing and Publicity Department. During his time there, Green completed college directives that promoted Paramount’s films to young adults. Green hosted a “Jobs in Aviation” event to promote Flight and created a “Campus Snow Day” for Rise of the Guardians.
Working for Paramount Pictures not only taught him valuable skills, but also opened his eyes to his what he’s looking for in a future employer. “These experiences have greatly influenced my future career plans because I learned that I do not want to be just ‘a number’ in a corporation, but I want to matter in the output of the company that I work for,” says Green.