Wellesley Senior Earns International Radio and Television Society Fellowship

For immediate release:
April 28, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College senior Leslie J. Kim of Great Neck, N.Y., has been named one of 30 nationwide Summer Fellows at the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), providing her with an all-expense-paid broadcasting fellowship. The Fellows were chosen from more than 800 applicants across the country. Kim is the only Wellesley College student to have been selected for the fellowship, which is considered one of the most prestigious within the media/communications industry.

An English major with a psychology minor, Kim is the daughter of Sun Ho and Vivian Kim of Great Neck. She attended Great Neck South High School before enrolling at Wellesley, where she serves as vice president of the Student Admissions Representatives Council and treasurer of FreeStyle, Wellesley's hip-hop dance group. She has been a member of the Class of 2006 General Judiciary and the 2006 College Government Elections Committee. A First Year Mentor, she studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia, last spring.

Her broadcasting experience includes working as an intern for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that created PBS’s “Sesame Street,” first as a creative development intern and last summer as a public relations intern.

“I also had the opportunity to assist on the video set of a “Sesame Street” home video entitled ‘Happy Healthy Monsters,’” Kim said. “I received a stipend from Wellesley’s Center for Work and Service and participated in the College’s Tanner Conference (honoring off-campus student accomplishment) in November 2004 about my experiences at Sesame.” She has also worked as a marketing intern at the fashion company Donna Karan International and at ISM.Boston, a Boston-based advertising agency.

The IRTS provides education and dialogue about important communication issues. The Summer Fellowship Program teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world, offering practical experience and career-planning advice. The program lasts nine weeks, from June 5 to Aug. 4. The Summer Fellows begin with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and new media. During this time, students have the opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures and group discussions. They also take a number of related field trips and learn networking skills by attending industry social functions. Following this first week, the students gain full-time "real world" experience at New York-based corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the fellowship. The students are then able to reinforce or redefine career goals.

“I went through two rounds of applications and a phone interview before I was ultimately selected in March,” Kim said. “I recently found out my internship placement— I will be working in network sales at a network yet to be determined, although the director of the program said that I would likely be placed at either Viacom/CBS or ABC. As a result of being placed in the department of network sales, I am also a part of the Broadcast Sales Associates Program, which is a new program started this year by IRTS.” More information about IRTS can be found at www.irts.org.

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