Dominican University New York

Dominican grad working at NBC Universal in New York“It’s just too perfect the way it is happening and I can’t be anything but grateful, ” Chinchilla says.

Her good fortune is the product of hard work and persistence and it started during her freshman year at Dominican when she was encouraged to apply for an internship at NBC. She connected with Anne Nicholas, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing, who flew to San Francisco to interview Chinchilla then eventually hired her.

Chinchilla spent the first seven months at the start of her junior year at Dominican working for NBC. She was the liaison between network and local NBC affiliates responsible for coordinating On-Air talents – local and network – and distributing promotional video, graphics about NBC shows such as Saturday Night Live and Sunday and Thursday night football.|

“I was working at 30 Rock the first day and didn’t even take a tour, ” Chinchilla says. “It was a whole new world that I had no idea about.”

But Chinchilla was prepared. She adjusted to her first big job in the Big Apple.

“I was truly a different person there. Everyone is working as hard if not harder than you. You have to be the most resourceful, most sharp, the most productive self you can be, ” she says. “I had to work with professionals and have responsibilities and know exactly what I was doing.”

Her communication skills from Dominican came in handy.

“I really learned to talk and engage the people who were around me, ” Chinchilla says. “I learned to find my own answers.”

It was tough having to say good-bye to New York after her internship ended. Yet Chinchilla was determined to finish her degree at Dominican in Communications and Media Studies and become the first in her immediate family to graduate from college. She returned to Dominican and took a colloquium class – Sense of Psychology and Place - with Mairi Pileggi, director of the Gender Studies program, and psychology professor Lee Ann Bartolini. The class explored how location helps change one as a person.

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