La Salle University communication major Cody Barr is working as an executive office intern with NBC Sports in Stamford, Conn., and will assist with the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I have had my hands in a bunch of really exciting projects,” Barr said, “including press events, assisting with ticketing to some of the sporting world’s most exciting winter events, conducting market research, and sitting in on Pro Football Talk, which is a live show broadcast from Stamford’s studios.”
Barr, a junior from Palermo, N.J., was interviewed three times by phone during the selection process before she was chosen as an intern, only two weeks before she had to start on Jan. 6. She will work with the network through the Olympics, which are scheduled to run through Feb. 23.
“The coolest part of this whole experience, besides seeing the behind the scenes of the Olympics, is getting to be in a place surrounded by such high-powered individuals. I interact with some of the sporting world’s most influential people, which is something I never imagined,” she said.
“I’ve had casual conversations with people like Sam Flood (Executive Producer of NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network) and Mark Lazarus (Chairman of NBC Sports Group),” Barr added. “I thought working here was going to be intimidating and too fast-paced, but the people here are so welcoming, super helpful, and gracious. They’re thrilled to have extra hands to help them. My role will probably change once the Olympics start because things are going to get quite hectic here, but I’m beyond excited to see how everything pans out.”
For the duration of her internship, Barr is staying in a dormitory at Manhattan College, which is operated by the Christian Brothers, the order that founded La Salle. Barr said La Salle President Brother Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., and communication professor Brother Gerry Molyneaux, F.S.C., spoke with Andrew Weingarten, Interim Director of Residence Life at Manhattan (and a La Salle alum), and he arranged for her to stay on the college’s campus.
Barr is a member of the La Salle’s Honors Program and has been on the Dean’s List every semester she’s been at the University. Last year, she received a scholarship from the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. She is the producer and host of a weekly sports program on the University’s TV station and has been a sports writer at the Collegian, the student newspaper at La Salle.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.