Courtney Kyer with America Ferrera

You could call it a golden ticket. A chance to get out there and meet, assist and gain career advice from the pros – some of the best in the business.

Winning tickets this year were six New Media Communications students: Anna Weeks, Allison Daley, Lucas Paris, Gabriel Shields, Courtney Kyer and Maranda McArthur. As the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Scholars, they had the opportunity to work at the association’s annual convention — aka the NAB Show — in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 22-27.

Touted as the world’s largest annual convention, the NAB Show brings the worlds of media, entertainment and technology together for nearly a week of sessions, presentations, exhibits, speakers and performances. OSU’s NAB Scholars serve as convention assistants assigned to NAB executives and their VIP guests.

The NAB Scholars program began at Oregon State in 2003, shortly after the New Media Communications degree program was launched. Thanks to the outstanding performance, confidence and integrity of New Media Communications students, NAB has come to rely exclusively on Oregon State to provide convention assistants.

Allison Daley (l) and Anna Weeks (r) with David Hartman and Joan LundenFor the 2017 show, that meant working with NAB Executive Vice President for Television Marcellus Alexander, actress America Ferrera, journalists Joan Lunden, David Hartman and Jane Pauley, Columbia Journalism School author and director Tim Wu and Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau.

But the benefits for Oregon State students extend beyond meeting famous people and working at one of the most prestigious conferences in the communications industry. NAB executives have connected students with job opportunities, offered career advice and encouraged them to explore careers in media across a broader spectrum than they might have imagined prior to attending the NAB Show.

After working with ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff at the 2016 NAB Show, senior Courtney Kyer returned this year and assisted Marcellus Alexander.

“I was able to network with countless CEOs and make lifetime friends in my fellow OSU interns who attended with me,” Kyer said.

Junior Anna Weeks was assigned to Joan Lunden and her entourage. Not only did she and Lunden connect over being sorority sisters, she received professional advice about her future.

“I feel NAB helped me set up the next steps needed to prepare myself for the workforce when I graduate next year and how to further build my résumé,” Weeks said.

Senior Allison Daley assisted former Good Morning America host David Hartman and Noticiero Univision co-anchor Maria Elena Salinas. A highlight from her experience was being backstage with VIPs and seeing them in action at the awards show luncheon.

“It was awesome to meet these people you've seen on TV, have conversations with them and see how they are even better in person!” Daley said.

Senior Lucas Paris assisted Jane Pauley and Garry Trudeau and worked with executives from the CBS network. He also met the Northwest representative of RED Cameras and was able to schedule some test shoots with the company this summer.

"I experienced many incredible things on the internship. I was introduced to the director of production of NAB and was able to shadow him on shoots, talk with him about his work, the industry and trade information,” Shields said. I gained valuable experience and several very important industry connections that will be immensely helpful in my future as a media producer.”

Photos Courtesy Carmen Tiffany:
Courtney Kyer with America Ferrera
Allison Daley (l) and Anna Weeks (r) with David Hartman and Joan Lunden