Carlos Morcillo: THF Experience Opened Door at Telemundo

carlos-morcillo-telemundoCarlos Morcillo began his career in the media industry in 2012 when he was a T. Howard Foundation intern at Speakeasy. Today, Carlos serves as Manager, Affiliate Marketing at NBCUniversal/Telemundo. He was hired in 2013, shortly after graduating with a degree in advertising and marketing communications from Baruch College in December 2012.

Learn how the T. Howard Foundation introduced Carlos to careers in the competitive media industry, in his own words.

I was first introduced to the T. Howard Foundation (THF) via a career fair at Baruch College, but also through my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time. She forced me to go to the career fair during a time when I was not focused on my career goals and professional development. That is where I met Karla Morrison, Senior Program Manager, Internship Program.

After the rigorous application and interview process, I was lucky enough to intern with Speakeasy in the business development department. Scott Weiss, THF’s founder, is Speakeasy’s CEO. I secured my internship by demonstrating my ability to think outside of the box and ask smart questions.

During my internship, I worked closely with account managers to find business opportunities and also helped with the maintenance of the company’s CRM system.

THF Supports Interns Every Step of the Way
Interning for a communications consulting company gave me the opportunity to develop skills from a professional perspective. I also learned to focus on building my personal brand and improve my communication skills in a corporate environment. Those concepts were stressed from day one at THF’s Summer Intern Orientation. I still use what I learned there on a daily basis.

The support you get from the THF team and the connections you are able to build are priceless. Being a T. Howard Foundation intern and alumnus is something that will be a part of you throughout your entire professional career. The Foundation works tirelessly to expand its partnerships with top companies, and this only helps ensure that its name and reputation grows throughout the years.

Previous Media Experience Opened Full-Time Doors at NBCUniversal
As Manager, Affiliate Marketing, I am the main point of contact for more than 50 Telemundo broadcast affiliate stations in the U.S. for all marketing-related issues.

I work with multiple departments to supply our local stations with promotional strategies and materials for Telemundo’s novelas, specials and live sporting events, including El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Latin Billboard Awards, FIFA World Cup tournaments and the Summer Olympic Games. I must ensure that deliverables are being developed on schedule for activation, and sometimes that includes creating and delivering promos within hours.

Despite the fast turnaround time, there is no better feeling than seeing your work live and available for the entire world to experience.

THF Offers Professional Growth for Alumni
Over the past two years, I have been able to grow as a mentor, which allows me to serve as a support system and resource to my mentees, friends and colleagues. Being a THF mentor means behaving and thinking differently because my guidance can impact someone’s decisions and their professional development.

Advice for College Students Interested in Media
Television is a fast-paced environment and anything can change when you least expect it. You have to be prepared to adapt to change and maintain a clear mind to ensure a solution is identified immediately. Additionally, being able to anticipate problems and understand how the business works from all perspectives is crucial to ensure everything is working smoothly.

The T. Howard Foundation opens doors for diverse college students seeking careers in the competitive media and entertainment industry. Kick-start your career with a T. Howard Foundation-sponsored internship.

The application for 2017 internships is now open. The early deadline for submission is Monday, October 31. The final deadline is Thursday, December 1.

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THF MEN Meet & Greet Hosted by A+E Networks

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Brynton Lett, THF Associate Manager, Internship Program (center) is pictured with THF Internship Program alumni from various years.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the T. Howard Foundation hosted a MEN (Mentor, Engage, Network) meet & greet at A+E Networks in New York City. THF’s male recruitment event provided a space for Internship Program alumni to reconnect with each other and the Foundation, while also bridging the connection with prospective intern candidates.

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L to R: Alexis Johnson, VP, Programming, Charter Communications; Rich Warren, EVP, Content Negotiations & Strategy, Turner Content Distribution; Jo Pamphile, President & CEO, T. Howard Foundation; Mark Garner, SVP, Distribution Business Development; A+E Networks; David Zagin, President, Distribution, A+E Networks

 

The event, part of the media industry’s Diversity Week, was held in A+E’s loft space. THF board members, David Zagin, A+E Networks’ President, Distribution, and Rich Warren, Executive Vice President, Content Negotiations & Strategy for Turner Content Distribution, both made presentations to the group.  Presentations were followed by a networking reception for executives, A+E HR professionals, THF alumni, prospective interns and special guests.

 

 

 

THF Internship Program Puts Media Careers on Course

If you’re interested in launching a career in any business function of the media industry, apply to the T. Howard Foundation Internship Program. The final deadline is December 1.

Jenisse Bouret (THF’ 15) interned at NY1 Noticias and is a senior at SUNY New Paltz.

I remember viewing the 2014 T. Howard Foundation (THF) Summer Intern Orientation video and thinking the students had exaggerated the truth when they claimed the experience was “life changing.” Months later, I found myself sharing a similar testimony and meaning every word
of it.

THF Provides Competitive Advantage Over Other Interns
In late April 2015, while completing a study abroad program in Ecuador, I was notified that I had been chosen as a THF news programming intern with Time Warner Cable’s NY1 Noticias. One month later, I was invited to interview for an internship at another Spanish-speaking news channel (to which I applied on my own). However, because I had already accepted the NY1 Noticias internship, I knew in my gut that having the connection with THF would be indispensable in my career path.

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THF interns meet up in New York: (Counter-clockwise from left) Cristian Palma, Jenisse Bouret, Wilson Quiceno, Valeta Brown

Thankfully, I followed my intuition because the skills I gained after THF’s three-day Summer Intern Orientation were not only enriching, but also were key to my success as a news programming intern.

After orientation, I felt confident knowing that I had gained an aptitude for interacting with professionals at all career levels. I also felt self-assured after receiving advice from media industry leaders, which gave me a competitive advantage over other interns in the field. Additionally, as a result of orientation, I overcame my fear of networking and was comfortable connecting with people in different departments at NY1.

Paid Internships Help Students Build Brand
All T. Howard Foundation interns are paid for a full-time schedule (32 hours per week). The money I earned during my summer internship allowed me to purchase professional clothing—a necessary part of stepping into a sphere where one’s appearance represents one’s work quality and potential. Dressing for success enabled me to build my brand and project how serious I take myself as a budding media leader.

Jenisse Bouret interviews María Teresa Merino de Hart, Consul General of Peru

Jenisse Bouret interviews María Teresa Merino de Hart, Consul General of Peru

I was the only THF intern at NY1 Noticias, and the only intern to be paid. I also was able to use NY1’s cameras whenever I chose to during work hours. Both of these privileges were due to the fact that I was trusted because I was handpicked as a T. Howard Foundation intern.

Assigned Mentors Provide One-on-One Career Advice
As a THF intern, I was also paired with a mentor who works professionally in the media industry. My mentor was Edgar Corona (THF ‘11), Manager for Hispanic Fan Strategy Marketing at the NFL. Thanks to our professional relationship, I was able to gain more experience conversing in an informal setting and learning how to clearly express myself.

Overall, being a THF intern has expanded my understanding of the opportunities of which I can take advantage within media. The T. Howard Foundation has empowered me to overcome obstacles and defy limitations. Had it not been for THF’s role in my development as an aspiring media innovator, I would not be the informed, socially aware and motivated young woman I am today.

Jenisse Bouret is a senior journalism and Spanish double major at SUNY New Paltz. She is helping to recruit the next class of THF interns as a campus ambassador.