The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a nonprofit organization that works to uplift the spirits of hospitalized children through multimedia broadcast centers in the best pediatric hospitals in the country. Seacrest Studios opened in July 2013 at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, patients at Levine Children’s Hospital now have the ability to explore the creative realms of radio, television, and new media right from their hospital rooms. We are one of just a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide to have this resource available for our patients and families. It is our goal at Seacrest Studios at LCH to create happy memories for patients and their families during their hospital stay.
The internship at Seacrest Studios is a part of LCH’s volunteer program and looks for dedicated radio/television broadcast students that have interest in the communication/journalism field. Seacrest Studios provides students with a chance to learn how to run a radio/TV station. Interns are required to create their own on-air shows and content with the interest of their audience in mind. Interns gain experience working with studio equipment as well as conducting on-air interviews.
Seacrest Studios has regular visits from celebrities passing through town. It is important that interns hold a professional attitude during these visits and interviews. Interns must remember that the guest is here for the patients and their entertainment and work to ensure the experience is a happy and exciting one.
It is the job of the interns to create a family-friendly environment by producing and hosting on-air games and activities. Some of the studio's current activities include lip sync battles, dance battles, bingo, karaoke, video production, semester music videos, celebrity interviews, and many more. These activities provide entertainment for the patients and distract them from what they are facing during their stay at the hospital. Interns regularly interact with the hospital’s patients one-on-one and must understand how to interact with them, no matter their medical condition.
The Seacrest Studios Internship is meant to be fun; however, it is important for interns to remember what their purpose is within the studio and the hospital. Interns are expected to act professionally in regards to their responsibilities.
Manager of Seacrest Studios (Charlotte): Meredith Dean (www.meredithdean.com & @merenator)