The strategic communications and B.F.A. acting double major was chosen to participate in the media and entertainment company’s 10-week paid fellowship in New York City.
Tony Weaver ’16, a strategic communications and B.F.A. acting double major at Elon University, was selected to participate in this summer’s NBCUniversal Fellowship Program in New York City. The media and entertainment company offers the 10-week paid fellowship to help students get a jumpstart in their field of interest.
Last fall, Weaver attended an Elon-sponsored career fair, where he conducted a Skype interview with an NBC representative. A few weeks later, he received an invitation to apply to the fellowship program.
“In February I received an email informing me I had made it to the next round,” Weaver recalled. “I subsequently completed a virtual interview, in which instead of speaking to a person, I answered questions shown on the screen. My answers were reviewed by NBC employees at a later time.”
Weaver and other fellowship participants will be placed in a department that mirrors their career interests. As a part of the experience, NBCUniversal will offer professional development opportunities, including workshops, meetings with executive speakers and industry panelists, and networking events.
“I’m interested in participating in the program because I am excited for the opportunity to work for a company with a dedication to diversity like NBC,” Weaver said.
Weaver believes that his participation in the program could benefit his future career endeavors.
“Ultimately, I would like to be a showrunner, with the ability to write and act in my own shows,” Weaver explained. “NBCUniversal would be a great place for me to start a career, and I’m excited that this program could lead to that.”
Weaver is active in several on-campus organizations, including “Newsbreakers,” “Elon Tonight” and Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honor society. Additionally, he is involved with Weird Enough Productions, a company he founded with a group of fellow Elon students dedicated to positive media representation for people of color.
By Cassidy Stratton ’16