Centre News

Field Broadbent ’14 calls Anderson Cooper a co-worker during internship

January 10, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Field Broadbent ’14 Field Broadbent ’14 (above, in front of the Times Warner
Building in New York) is spending this CentreTerm as an
intern at Anderson Cooper 360, where he has met such
newscasters as Christiane Amanpour, Piers Morgan and
Cooper himself.

Field Broadbent ’14 “There is so much value in an internship that may not be
gained in the classroom,” says Broadbent. Above, the control
room at AC 360.

Rubbing shoulders with reporters, celebrities and political figures. Helping produce a widely watched television program. Living out a childhood wish. While this may sound like the stuff of daydreams, for Field Broadbent ’14, it’s a CentreTerm internship.

Broadbent is spending this CentreTerm as an intern with Anderson Cooper 360, a CNN television program hosted by Cooper, who discusses important issues of the day with well-known guests.

The internship opportunity came about for Broadbent by way of a Centre connection.

“Through Centre graduate and family friend Scott Carling, I was fortunate to be placed in contact with the executive producer of AC360, Mr. Carling’s brother-in-law,” Broadbent says. “It’s a small world and I was extremely lucky.

For Broadbent, who has been curious about television news broadcasts since childhood, the internship with AC360 was the perfect opportunity.

“World news and current events have always been of interest to me. While most of my friends were playing video games, I was often times watching the news,” he says. “As a child, I would occasionally be found impersonating Tom Brokaw anchoring NBC Nightly News. I have long been fascinated with this as a potential career path and appreciate this opportunity to explore the possibilities.”

Broadbent has been given an inside glimpse at every level of production for the newscast with his internship. 

“I shadow producers of all levels, from associate to executive, throughout the day. I’ve been completing tasks ranging from controlling the teleprompter for the broadcast—which I must say is very stressful—to editing clips for the air,” Broadbent says. “Seeing what you have completed throughout the day come on the broadcast is very rewarding.”

Meeting famous CNN personalities has been a highlight of the experience for Broadbent.

“The most exciting experiences I have had thus far have definitely been spending time with the anchors. I’ve had the chance to meet newscasters such as Erin Burnett, Christiane Amanpour, Piers Morgan and, of course, Anderson Cooper,” he says. “I have also really enjoyed meeting the guests that have appeared on the broadcast.”

Broadbent values his internship experience, as well as the importance Centre places on its students having internship experiences.

“Being guaranteed an internship has meant a great deal to me. Centre helped me secure my first internship on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., and also assisted with my current internship,” Broadbent says. “Centre offers encouragement and support, recognizing the importance of the internship to enhance an education.

“Career services and [vice president for college relations] Richard Trollinger were instrumental with the other work and details needed to be completed to make this internship a go,” he continues.

Broadbent knows that his internship will benefit him for a long time to come.

“There is so much value in an internship that may not be gained in the classroom,” he says. “Without Centre’s internship program, I would not have had the opportunity for either of these great life experiences.”

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