Meghan O’Brien ’15 is currently working at NBC as part of NBC Universal’s Page Program. This program is a year-long rotation where college grads get the opportunity to further develop their interests within television from the business, content, and consumer perspective. Every year there are over 15,000 applicants, and just over 200 are chosen for the program; it is extremely competitive. Meghan learned about the program in her sophomore year at Syracuse University and knew it was what she wanted to do after graduation.
During Meghan’s 4 years at MPS, she was involved in the performing arts, the spring musicals, and dance company. She was also on the cheerleading squad, so it was clear that she liked to perform and put herself out there. “Performance was always a huge aspect of my life, and something that I could fully grow into at MPS.” Meghan knew that she wanted to continue to be “on stage” as she furthered her education, but she didn’t necessarily want to pursue musical theatre or dance as a career. Her love of performing led to her interest in communications, specifically broadcasting. She felt that broadcast journalism was a natural fit because it allowed her to be creative and in front of an audience on camera. It is like performing, just in a different way.
Meghan received her degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She graduated this past May and moved to New York City to begin the NBC Page Program. She now lives and works in NYC and is loving it. Since she began the program, she has worked on NBC’s late night shows like, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and SNL. Over the summer, she ran the green room and managed all of the guests for the Today Show, and currently she is working at NBC Sports. She is producing, editing, and creating content for NBCSN, the Olympic Channel, and NBC. Her next rotation will begin mid-December.