Fearless in the Face of the Unknown
Checkalski applied for more than fifty internships. Finding one was an uphill battle. But he managed to secure a highly competitive internship as the Video Communication Intern with the College Board in New York City.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Checkalski said. “I knew New York City would be far different from Menomonie. But I love the challenge of putting myself in situations and environments that I haven’t been in before.”
Real-World Experiences in Videography
Arriving at the College Board offices, Checkalski had the unique privilege of working directly next to the World Trade Center. His desk was on the 18th floor of their building with a view of the Hudson River and Lady Liberty.
As the Video Communication Intern for the College Board, Checkalski had a full job description. His tasks included editing videos, finding and filming b-roll, assisting producers and directors on area shoots, and setting up lighting equipment.
“I did anything they needed of me,” Checkalski said.
A New Home
Over the summer, Checkalski explored New York City and the five boroughs. Compared to living in the Midwest, Checkalski found the city refreshing. And the fast-paced culture of Manhattan was beautiful. He felt a lack of judgment about what he was doing and when he was doing it.
“Everyone is going as fast as they can chasing a goal, trying to keep their head above water,” Checkalski said. “They don't have time to care about what you are doing. That sort of culture only pushes you harder to accomplish your goal. This city has a way of motivating you like nothing else.”
After living his dream in the city for ten weeks, Checkalski felt like an adopted New Yorker.