(Above: Interns running in the Time Warner 5K in Riverside Park)
By Max Johnson
This summer, 23 bachelors and masters students participated in the Time Warner Inc. Corporate Internship Program (TWICIP), joining teams in 13 different corporate departments and at cultural investment beneficiaries The Atlantic Theater, Harlem Stage, The Women’s Project Theater and Lincoln Center.
In addition to their individual office assignments and projects, TWICIP interns benefited from a wide range of weekly programming, adding professional training and insights to their Time Warner experiences. Programming included lunch and learn sessions featuring company leaders in advice-oriented round table discussions, with guests including HBO EVP and General Manager Sofia Chang; Time Warner SVP of Talent Management and Corporate HR Michelle Bleiberg; SVP and Group Managing Director of TW Investments Rachel Lam; and Time Warner Foundation President Lisa Garcia Quiroz. These intimate lunches allowed the interns to ask deep questions about how executives' career experiences might guide their own beyond their Time Warner summer.
Interns were also treated to three larger-format speaker events: a corporate town hall featuring Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications Gary Ginsberg; President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker; Chief Marketing Officer, Global Media Kristen O’Hara, and Bryant Gumbel; and two Business Insights discussions with CEO of Turner John Martin and President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson.
Through the company's Professional Development Series, interns attended workshops focused on refining professional aptitude and presentation. Topics included “Giving and Receiving Feedback,” “Personal Branding,” and “Maintaining Perseverance.”
For a particularly fascinating on-site field trip, the interns took a tour of the Time Warner Media Lab with Marty O’Neil, the Executive Director of Business and Research Operations, Time Warner Global Media Group. The comprehensive tour included stops in the mock home-theater, the digital focus-group lab, and the mock mini-mart and demonstrated how Time Warner is staying on the cutting edge of content testing.
As part of the Time Warner Impact volunteer initiative, the interns spent an afternoon helping fill meal bags at the New York Common Pantry on East 109th Street. This “choice pantry” promotes dignity and self-sufficiency clients by providing a variety of healthy grocery options for visitors to choose from.
In addition to this well-rounded programming, the interns attended a performance of the play “Guards at the Taj” at the Atlantic Theater Company, enjoyed employee screenings of “Magic Mike XXL,” “Vacation,” and “Entourage,” and participated in the Fit Nation 5K in Riverside Park.
Cheers to a wonderful summer. Thank you to all of the TWICIP interns for your valued contributions to our company!