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Late Show Snags Callie Cox '13

I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious for an email in my life. When I finally saw it, I screamed.

I found out I would be spending my summer as an intern in the music department at the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York City. All I could think to myself was “wow”.

How did a small-town Nebraska girl fit into the mix of a fast-paced and highly entertaining television production? Apparently someone liked me for me, because that is exactly who I was when I interviewed. I figured if the “big wigs” couldn’t handle my personality, then it wasn’t meant to be.

The interview process itself was actually very enjoyable. After walking by the office entrance on 53rd Street at least once, and looking lost, I found my way into the Ed Sullivan Theatre office building. I was met with smiling faces in each of my department interviews, and automatically relaxed.

Each department, including talent, research, music, writing, production and others told me a little about the duties of their interns. They also asked what I could do for them as an intern, and I answered most with “I’ll work as hard as you need me to, because I want to be here.”

I felt welcomed and was surrounded by people who had a fantastic work ethic. I actually remember telling one of the interviewers that being there felt like I was at Doane, because everyone I met was genuine and friendly. The chance to talk to director Jerry Foley was even presented to me when I saw him in the hallway by the elevators. It just seemed right.

I couldn’t forget all the support from back home too. My friends, family and professors were all rooting for me. I couldn’t ask for a better support team.

As I finish up this semester it’s going to be difficult not to stray to thoughts of meeting Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, and Letterman himself. Guess I’ll just have to remember that the steps I took to get the internship started here, and New York is patiently waiting.