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CNBC Internship Testimonial: Gary Phillips, Assignment Desk Intern 2016

Gary Phillips
CNBC
Gary Phillips

I had no idea what to expect when I started at CNBC. I was a first semester junior at Seton Hall and I had never had an internship before. Heck, I had never been inside a professional newsroom before. All of a sudden, I was working right in the middle of one.

Surely, plenty of students had found themselves in a comparable position at one point or another. Here's the thing though – I also had zero financial knowledge and zero television experience. How was I going to make an impact at one of the largest business news networks in the world?

Luckily, a patient boss, Ryan Ruggiero, and a handful of fellow interns wearing similar shoes made CNBC the experience of a lifetime for me. Coming from a mostly sports background at the time, my internship allowed me to branch out and cover other topics while also providing me with a business lens through which I could view athletics. With this enhanced frame of mind, I was able to write several sports business pieces for CNBC.com.

Additionally, CNBC was my introduction to television work. I learned about editing audio and video, was sent on film shoots and did a few man-on-the-street hits. I went into my internship as a writer, but I came away from it as a multimedia journalist, something Ryan always stressed was important. As the industry continues to evolve and change, I see more than ever just how right Ryan was. Luckily, I had an opportunity at CNBC to pick up versatile skills that will come in handy as my career progresses.

Since my semester at CNBC, I have interned for The Bergen Record, been named the managing editor of USA Today Sports Media Group's Jets Wire, and elected editor-in-chief of The Setonian, Seton Hall's official undergraduate newspaper. This summer, I will begin an internship with NJ Advanced Media. With graduation on the horizon, I know I am ready to enter the professional ranks with a firm grasp on the business and the skills I need to know.

Fortunately, my internship at CNBC helped prepare me.