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Entertainment industry internships help student prepare for career


May 09, 2011

Bradford Dworak will be graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation, he will begin work as a production associate on a new talk show in Los Angeles.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to move to California and start my career in the entertainment industry,” Dworak said.

A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Dworak completed two full-time internships while studying at the Cronkite School. During his sophomore year, he interned in Los Angeles for the television show “Extra,” and during his junior year, he interned for Oprah.com in Chicago. He still managed to graduate on time, taking advantage of summer school and online courses.

“Interning for all the places I have has been very gratifying,” he said.  “I learned what it was like to work full time in the industry I want to go into. Most undergrads don’t get the chance to take two semesters off of school and work full time in their desired field.”

Dworak said working such high-profile internships produced lots of requests for information and favors. “I learned how to stand my ground,” he said.

While at ASU, the senior also got experience acting and doing improvisation. He was part of ASU Comedy’s Improv Troupe for three years and also gave tours of the campus as a member of the Devil’s Advocates for three years. He is currently vice president for the Senior Year Experience program for the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Dworak aspires to launch his own production company one day, creating a wide range of shows and movies and using the skills he learned at Cronkite in producing, writing and editing.