Edinboro journalism student Pat Nuzzo lands coveted internship at ESPN08/05/2013
Patrick Nuzzo, a Broadcast Journalism major at Edinboro University, has “been on cloud nine” since learning earlier this summer that he was accepted for a coveted internship at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. The internship is in the Production Operations unit, where Nuzzo will be editing on-air content for the leading sports network.
“My job will be to just come in and edit. When I get there, I will go through a crash course for Quantel, their editing system, and then I will move forward from there,” Nuzzo said. “ESPN's goal is to be able to have me do the editing work on my own. Editing covers any of the shows they host, so I could be producing content for ‘Sportscenter,’ ‘Around the Horn,’ ‘Baseball Tonight’ and so on.”
Nuzzo begins his internship with the network on Sept. 16. He will relocate temporarily to Bristol, where ESPN has a 119-acre campus complete with studios, control rooms, a wellness center, basketball courts, a lake and much more. ESPN’s internship program is extremely competitive – Nuzzo was one of just 100 students selected from more than 10,000 applicants.
Jim Wertz, EU’s journalism program director and advisor to the campus television station, ETV, cites Nuzzo’s excellent work ethic as the key to his successes, saying, “Bottom line is that Pat is a great person, and he has worked very hard during his time at Edinboro to set himself up for this opportunity. He has put in the time and effort to make himself attractive to ESPN over 10,000 other candidates.”
At Edinboro, Nuzzo has served as ETV’s Sports Director for nearly three years, producing coverage of athletic events on campus. In addition, he anchored the sports segment for the channel’s weekly show, “ENN,” and shot, produced and edited on-air athletics highlights packages.
“Ever since I was a kid, my dream was to be on TV or work at ESPN, so I feel like I'm finally being validated for all of my hard work. If I can go out there and prove myself, I can end up being hired there after I graduate, which would be perfect,” said Nuzzo. “I'd love to have a career at ESPN and can see myself being an editor or producer down the line.”
Wertz noted that Nuzzo’s achievement is “a testament to what our students can achieve when they are goal-oriented and purpose-driven,” adding, “We are all very proud of Pat, and we expect great things from him in the future.”
Nuzzo, an Irwin, Pa. native who attended Hempfield Area Senior High School in Greensburg, credits Professor Wertz and the education and experience acquired in EU’s Department of Communication and Media Studies for helping him achieve his dreams.
“The best decision I ever made was coming to Edinboro, and I cannot thank Professor Wertz, the faculty and especially my ETV staff enough for helping me get to this point,” he said. “Everything I have done at Edinboro has prepared me for what I'm about to do at ESPN. I'm looking forward to continuing my education in this field and hopefully I'll be able to educate others as well.”