So, you’ve been obsessed with BET Networks for as long as you can remember. You are one of the “real fans” who recalls watching reruns of Rap City, and loving every minute of AJ and Free hosting 106 & Park. Every year, you anxiously anticipate the thrill and excitement of the annual BET Awards and BET Experience.
This was me: a die-hard BET fan. I wondered what an internship with one of my favorite television networks would be like. In lieu of how difficult it is to land a Viacom internship, I expected to become an integrated member of the team whose work positively impacts the network. I wanted to work with people who care about who I am, and not just what I could do for them. Ultimately, I expected to be constantly challenged, as that is how I produce my best work.
On a lighter note, I imagined there would be an abundance of celebrities in the office every day. I was sure that I’d become the best of friends with my favorite BET stars. Because big names like Sanaa Lathan, Boris Kodjoe, and Nicki Minaj are just dying to be best friends with the intern, right? Not!
As a current BET intern, I realized that many of my expectations had already been met in just two weeks. I came on board right in the thick of intense planning and preparation for the BET Awards and BET Experience.
During this time of the year, everyone is operating in organized chaos. All hands are on deck to ensure that the awards are a hit. Similar to almost any job in the entertainment industry, a “normal day” at BET Networks is nonexistent. I love the unpredictability of this industry. One day I could be writing “tune-ins” to keep the media abreast on BET’s programming schedule, the next day I may be assisting with media outlet approvals for backstage BET Awards coverage, which resulted in four Good Morning America segments like this one.
BET has some of the most down-to-earth employees I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Not even our CEO and Chairman, Debra Lee, is too busy to stop and ask how your day is going. There is ample opportunity to learn and improve, as I am challenged with creative projects I can throw my own personal flavor into. Working at BET has pushed me to become even more self-motivated. The people here are truly what make the difficult times worth it.
Unfortunately, I am not best friends with Sanaa, Boris, or Nicki, but every day I get to come to work and engage with co-workers I thoroughly enjoy at a network I love. In my eyes, I am winning.