The event, a first of its kind for NBCUniversal, was the brainchild of alumna Michelle Hord-White (B.A. '91), vice president of Talent Development and Pipeline Programs for NBCUniversal.
WASHINGTON – This spring, nearly 200 students took advantage of NBCUniversal Day (NBCU@HU) at Howard University. With a series of recruitments activities, interactive panel discussions, on-site interview sessions for internships, early-career positions and networking opportunities, many students and recent graduates gained real world insight and instructions on how to launch their careers.
The comfortable and intimate feel that surrounded NBCUniversal Day was what made it stand apart from any job or internship fair that many students at Howard University had ever experienced. The usual standing-room-only environment was replaced by a less stressful, more interactive approach.
The most highly sought after events were the morning recruitment meetings, offering opportunities for one-on-one interviews and resume review.
"Professional recruiters were everywhere and good impressions were important," said Leeandria Williams, senior public relations major. "Events like these on campus interviews could really help students of any classification to network with people they eventually would love to work with."
"Throughout my career, I have tried to always keep my alma mater at the forefront of any initiatives I've created," said Hord-White. "Now that I am at NBCUniversal, it was natural that I would want to present a great exposure and career opportunity first to Howard University students."
Also featured were luncheon panel discussions with Suzanne de Passe, co-chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment Group; Robert Foothorap, senior vice president of CNBC TV Network Ad Sales;Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of WRC;Ken Strickland, deputy bureau chief of NBC NEWS Washington, and others. The events focused on advice and helpful information about office etiquette, ways to "break into the business," insight on overcoming challenges, and personal accounts of their career paths.
The daylong event closed with a free screening of Safe House, staring Denzel Washington.
"My hope for our future NBCU@HU is that we can build on the great momentum with our Howard University launch," said Hord-White. "We got such great feedback from students and faculty alike that it is clear that an all-campus, all-day presence like the NBCU@HU event is a great step to introduce strong diverse students with our many career opportunities. The sky is the limit!