Like many people, media studies alumna Katerina Randazzo (Johnson) ’13 always loved television; her major taught her how to take that hobby and turn it into a viable career path.
“I had so many great professors,” Randazzo said. “They assured me I had chosen the right field and pushed me into the research end specifically.”
A paper she wrote in one of her classes landed her a pivotal internship at Showtime in her senior year. Quinnipiac’s close proximity to New York City enabled Randazzo to commute to her internship three times a week, while attending classes on off-days and nights.
“Because I interned while in school, I was able to get my first job almost immediately after graduation, at Bravo,” she said.
Now an audience research analyst at HBO, Randazzo analyzes Nielsen ratings data for various trends and audience behaviors. Virtually all of HBO’s departments, from management to program planning and marketing rely on her findings.
“The industry speaks in numbers,” Randazzo said. “How many people are watching? How often do they watch? What else are they watching?”
Randazzo credits her internships with helping her find her niche and setting her on a path to a career at her favorite network.
“Without Quinnipiac, I know I wouldn't be here. The Media Studies program helped me discover the different layers of the industry and find a career that really suited me.”