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Guest column: Kent State senior has dream internship at Republican National Convention

by Rachel Thompson | Record-Courier Advertising/Sales Intern Published: August 17, 2016 12:00 AM

This past July, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for CBS News at the Republication National Convention in Cleveland.

When I got the position, I knew that I was going to be a part of and witness history. During my time working for CBS News, I was lucky enough to meet a lot of influential people in the media. I was assigned to work with the CBS This Morning crew, where I got to watch Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O'Donnell work their magic.

It was at this time that many, and I mean many, celebrities started to pile in to Cleveland. Once the 300-plus CBS workers started checking in at our headquarters, the madness began.

The first celebrity I met was John Dickerson, host of Face The Nation on CBS. He ended up wanting to sit down and talk with all of the interns about the broadcast journalism world, which was very honorable of him considering his hectic schedule.

I also had the pleasure to pick up the president of CBS, David Rhodes, from the airport as well. He is the youngest network news president in television history and named one of Forbes' "40 under 40" in 2012. I had to drop him off on E. 4th Street to get into the headquarters, where there were protestors galore. Thankfully, he was a good sport about it and didn't mind the action.

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Aside from meeting two very influential people at CBS, I also briefly encountered other celebrities: Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live, Trevor Noah from The Daily Show, Anderson Cooper from CNN, Scott Pelley from CBS Evening News, Stephen Colbert from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty.

Throughout the month that I was working in downtown Cleveland, my overflow of emotions for the RNC dwindled down to one: happy. I was so happy how well the convention ran, how blessed I was to receive this opportunity, how many influential people I got to meet, and how many opportunities this position opened up for me. I am forever grateful for this experience and that I get to live on to talk about it.

Rachel Thompson is an intern with the Record-Courier advertising and sales department.

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