Junior Callie Cox beat out hundreds of applicants to earn an internship at the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Cox will work for three months over the summer in New York with 11 other interns. She said she was excited to live in the heart of the city and work in a fast-paced environment.
“It’s like the perfect time for me now,” Cox said. “And it’s in the summer so I’m not missing any school. I think it will prepare me for life after school if I want to move to a big city. And I love New York.”
Cox said she interviewed with multiple departments including entertainment, music, production, music and human interest. She was eventually hired in the music department.
She said she was excited for the opportunity to possibly meet the artists that performed on the show, but more excited to meet the other interns.
“I think I’m more excited to meet people that are other interns that have my same work ethic,” she said.
Journalism Professor Lee Thomas said one of Cox’s strengths was her work ethic, which he thought contributed to her getting the job.
“She is one of those students who when she says something’s going to be done, you can bank on it,” he said, “and that’s not necessarily true of all students.”
Thomas said students looked to Cox for leadership at Doane.
Cox is an English and journalism major and a theater minor. She is the producer for Doane College Television (DCTV), the content manager for Doaneline and participates on the track team. She has also been life and leisure editor for the Doane Owl and the public service director for KDNE.
“If you watch her during the midst of turmoil, which happens every time DCTV is coming together, there is just this island of calm around her in the chaos,” Thomas said. “If you are looking for a hire, those are the kind of words you want to hear.”
David Swartzlander, journalism department head, said he knew when Cox got an interview for the show that she would be hired. He said the internship would help Cox in the future.
“If that doesn’t open a door or two I don’t know what will,” he said.
Swartzlander said he enjoyed teaching Cox.
“She’s an exceptional student,” Swartzlander said. “I’d take 12 Callie Coxes in my classroom.”
Cox said it was still sinking in that she got the internship.
“I still can’t believe that I got it. I’m just this girl from Nebraska that goes to a small private college,” she said. “I tried, I guess. That’s the biggest thing, I tried.”