RIC film studies major secures internship at ABC

Heather Nichols
RIC senior film studies major Heather Nichols, 22, is spending her fall semester participating in an internship she earned at ABC6.

As an intern at ABC, Nichols – who is set to graduate in December of this year – is often responsible for controlling the teleprompter for the 5 o’clock news. She also gets to search for new leads on different stories, and confirm vital information with various R.I. police departments.

“It is a hands-on internship, which is the best thing I could have hoped for,” said Nichols. “I'm not getting people coffee and photo-copying, I've got my hands in things and I feel like I'm able to contribute, as well as observe and learn.”

“These internships provide a unique opportunity for our film studies majors to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice, allowing them to gain a more comprehensive understanding of career possibilities,” added Kathryn Kalinak, an English professor who also serves as director of the film studies program.

Originally from South Windsor, Conn., Nichols was originally notified of this internship by Liz Viall, manager of RIC’s TV studio and teacher of television production courses at the college. Viall saw Nichols as a viable candidate for the internship and immediately encouraged her to apply, and was instrumental in helping Nichols to get the internship, she said.

Nichols also credits Vincent Bohlinger, assistant professor of English, as being a large part in her success. “There was a point when I wasn’t sure if I could balance school, work and the internship, but [Bohlinger] was very supportive and encouraging,” Nichols said.

In addition to her internship at ABC, Nichols is taking 12 credits this semester, and serves as the lifestyles editor for RIC’s newspaper, The Anchor, and treasurer for Games and Merriment Enthusiasts of RIC (G.A.M.E.R.). She also assists at the TV studio when she has extra time on campus.

Off campus, Nichols is a hostess at Outback Steakhouse. She enjoys spending her free time at the movies and at Harry’s Burgers on North Main Street in Providence.

In addition to Nichols,two RIC students, Audra Geary and Kim Simone, are interning at PBS. Also, RIC students Adam Tawfik and Steven Barthelemy intern at Cable Car Cinema in Providence and Roger Williams Park Zoo, respectively.

For more information on RIC internships, contact Kathryn Kalinak at (401) 456-8669 or kkalinak@ric.edu.