Viacom Intern to Full-Time: Marketing Coordinator Christina Dris

Christina started her career at Viacom in the spring semester of 2016 as a Paramount Pictures Publicity intern. After graduating college in 2016, she returned to Viacom as an assistant in Distribution & Business Development (DBD). She was promoted to marketing coordinator in January 2018. Christina supports DBD across CMT, TV Land, and Paramount Network.

Campus to Career: Thanks for making the time to talk, Christina. Can you share a bit about your background and what led you to Viacom?

CD: I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of Florida studying public relations and business. I had always been familiar with Viacom brands and Paramount movies, and wanted to work with content I felt such a connection to.

Awesome! If you could give your intern-self some words of advice, what would they be?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – your team and supervisors are there to help you and support your professional growth.

Solid advice. How did you feel supported by your team?

Since I interned at Paramount the semester before graduation, my team truly helped shape and define my career path. I was given amazing learning experiences, and had the opportunity to play a real role on major projects. The Campus to Career team was also an incredible resource in my post-graduate job search.

That is great to hear! What were some of your favorite Campus to Career events?

All of the networking events were awesome. I was able to learn so much about the business and meet people from departments I was interested in working in.

I especially enjoyed the End of Semester Forum  [information session for Viacom interns to prepare them for the full-time job search] – it gave me invaluable insight on the Viacom interview process and resume best practices. I developed a close connection with Nick Delville, an entry-level recruiter, following my internship. He was an awesome part of my support system and a go-to resource throughout the job search – and he still is helping my professional development.

Christina Dris, Marketing Coordinator, Distribution Business Development, CMT, TV Land and Paramount Network, is the latest employee featured in Viacom’s “Going Places” series on intern success stories.

We really want our interns to succeed and find value in the program. What are some of your favorite memories from your semester at Paramount?

I’m a huge movie buff, so working in the film industry was so fulfilling and exciting. One of my favorite experiences was working the premiere of Zoolander 2. My team gave me a lot of responsibilities and I was able to learn and develop skills while having a great time with my coworkers. The memories I have of this day are incredible!

Do you have any final words of advice for current interns looking to start a career at Viacom?

Making the most of your relationships is critical. Be sure to get your work done, but also make time to develop strong relationships with your colleagues. You want to have a strong network when it comes to the job application and interview process.

Thanks so much, Christina. To wrap it up, can you share your favorite Viacom brand, movie or show?

I love TV Land’s Younger and am a huge fan of several Comedy Central shows. I am definitely looking forward to watching Paramount Network grow and develop as a brand; it is very exciting to be working on the ground floor of what I expect to be an incredible channel!

This story is part of our series on intern success stories featuring interns who have gone on to full time opportunities at Viacom and Paramount. Stay tuned for more every Tuesday this summer, and follow us on @ViacomInterns to watch the interviews!

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