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Honors Scholar Lands Coveted Paramount Internship

July 12, 2013

Young woman standing on the steps of a 'New York' townhouse-style movie set.

Business major Alejandra Rodriguez stands on the Paramount Pictures lot where parts of the television show "Everybody Hates Chris" was filmed.

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An opportunity to spend 10 weeks interning at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood is proving to be a dream come true for Alejandra Rodriguez, a senior business administration – entertainment and tourism management major and honors scholar.

Rodriguez, a member of both the university and business honors programs, is one of only a 100 successful university applicants selected from across the nation. Rodriguez says she understood that approximately 5,000 students applied for the paid internships.

"The internship has provided me with so many opportunities to see many aspects of entertainment," said the La Habra resident, who was undecided on majors when she first entered Cal State Fullerton. "I've been able to talk to people in a wide range of areas from finance and accounting, to operations and production.

"I feel as if I am a living example of what I learned during my lectures. I've been able to contribute because of what I have learned at Cal State Fullerton," she explained.

Rodriguez learned about the program from lecturer Harold Fraser, a former senior executive of Paramount Pictures and Panasonic who helped create the entertainment and tourism management emphasis in Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Several weeks after applying, Rodriguez received several phone calls, then an interview at the studio. "Less than six hours later, I received a call from the HR Department giving me a job offer."

The honors scholar, who hopes to achieve a management or coordinator position in the film or music industry after graduation, credits both Fraser and Kim Tarantino, associate dean in Mihaylo College and co-creator of the emphasis, for developing the program and helping her succeed in getting the internship.

"Motivated. Competent. Hard-working. These are three descriptors for Alejandra and others students in the entertainment and tourism management program," said Tarantino. "The Paramount Pictures internship translated classroom theory into real world practices."

"Since the first day, I knew I had made the right decision of working for Paramount, and after a month, I still feel that same excitement going to work every morning," she explained. "I feel very lucky to have chosen a major and area concentration that has truly fulfilled my interests, both academically and intellectually."

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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