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Dominican Grad Headed to NBC Universal in New York
Less than two weeks after she walked on stage for Commencement to accept her BA degree in communications and media studies at Dominican, Mariah Chinchilla is stepping onto a bigger stage. She is going to work for NBC Universal in New York City as a marketing coordinator.
“It’s just too perfect the way it is happening and I can’t be anything but grateful,” Chinchilla says.
Her good fortune is the product of hard work and persistence and it started during her freshman year at Dominican when she was encouraged to apply for an internship at NBC. She connected with Anne Nicholas, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing, who flew to San Francisco to interview Chinchilla then eventually hired her.
Chinchilla spent the first seven months at the start of her junior year at Dominican working for NBC. She was the liaison between network and local NBC affiliates responsible for coordinating On-Air talents – local and network – and distributing promotional video, graphics about NBC shows such as Saturday Night Live and Sunday and Thursday night football.|
“I was working at 30 Rock the first day and didn’t even take a tour,” Chinchilla says. “It was a whole new world that I had no idea about.”
But Chinchilla was prepared. She adjusted to her first big job in the Big Apple.
“I was truly a different person there. Everyone is working as hard if not harder than you. You have to be the most resourceful, most sharp, the most productive self you can be,” she says. “I had to work with professionals and have responsibilities and know exactly what I was doing.”
Her communication skills from Dominican came in handy.
Read more about Mariah Chinchilla here.
Article and photo courtesy of Dominican University Public Relations Department, Sarah Gardner and Dave Albee.
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