Students Chosen by NBC for 2014 Olympic Internships

June 3, 2013

Fifteen Bradley University students have secured internships with NBC for the XXII Olympic Winter Games that will take place in Sochi, Russia in February 2014.

NBC conducted a series of on-campus interviews in March before selecting the Bradley students, who were in competition with students from Syracuse University and Ithaca College. Students underwent rigorous preparation before meeting with NBC officials, including mock interviews with alumni, advice on resume writing, and an overview of Olympic and NBC history.

This is the second group of Bradley students selected by NBC to intern at the Olympic Games. Ten students earned internships with NBC for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

“Once again our students have demonstrated that they are among the best - the elite - in the nation,” said Dr. Paul Gullifor, chair of the Department of Communication and the Henry Means Pindell Endowed Chair in Communication. “We are grateful for our partnership with NBC that provides students an extraordinary opportunity to gain practical experience at a premiere worldwide sporting event.”

Interns will fulfill a variety of duties for NBC, ranging from front-line tasks in Sochi to behind-the-scenes production jobs in Stamford, Connecticut. The internships will last from three to five weeks. The games run from February 6-24.

"We are pleased that the excellence of Bradley students continues to be recognized by NBC as demonstrated by their selection of our exceptional students as part of their 2014 Olympic intern team," said President Joanne Glasser. "Experiential learning is integral to a Bradley education and enhances and enriches classroom learning."

Bradley offers a unique sports communication curriculum that exposes students to a breadth of course offerings in sports management, sports marketing, and journalism. Bradley has a long tradition of educating world-class sports announcers and broadcasting professionals. Among the university’s notable alumni are Jack Brickhouse, Andy Masur, Ralph Lawler and Charley Steiner.  

The students chosen for the internships are:

Going to Sochi:
Jake Hermann, Bartonville, Illinois, senior
Brianna Karls, Minnetonka, Minnesota, junior
Lee Pikelny, Chicago, Illinois, senior
Jonathan Teich, Bay City, Michigan, senior
Frank Van Almsick, St. Louis, Missouri, senior

Going to Stamford, CN:
Tyler Dalsin, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, junior
Miles Himmel, San Diego, California, senior
Tim Lahey, Frankfort, Illinois, senior
Jesse Marczewski, Muskego, Wisconsin, senior
Dominique Moore, Ottawa, Illinois, junior
Christopher Morgan, East St. Louis, Illinois, senior
Kelly O'Brien, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, junior
Laura O'Radnik, Orland Park, Illinois, senior
Spence Siegel, Wilmette, Illinois, junior
Tim van Straten, Chino Hills, California, junior

Bradley is a top-ranked private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,700 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Its size provides students with extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.