A Gloversville woman attending Ithaca College will realize a dream this week when she starts with NBC Sports as an intern for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Mackenzie Marotta, 19, a junior majoring in television-radio at Ithaca College, will work at NBC’s headquarters in New York City for the three-week duration of the Olympics. She will not be paid but will receive college credit for the work.
“I am excited to get my foot in the door,” Marotta said. “The Olympics are a huge television event, and to be a part of that is so exciting to me. I am willing to learn, and being able to say I was the smallest part of the Olympics games is huge.”
Marotta isn’t sure what her duties will be as an intern, but that doesn’t matter, she said. “I have no idea. My position is a runner,” she said.
All that matters is that she “will be working with people working on the Olympics.”
The junior was one of 35 students from the college selected to serve as interns during the Olympics, taking place July 27 to Aug. 12 in London. Some of the students are going to London, while others are staying in New York City.
Marotta said she prefers to stay in New York City, where she hopes to live and work after graduation, doing production and event planning in the television industry.
Since she isn’t being paid by NBC, Marotta will be responsible for her own expenses while in New York City. She said she is prepared to handle the cost. She worked for her grandfather, who owns Fulton Street Deli, formerly Mendetta’s.
“I have been working a lot this summer and saving,” she said.
Marotta applied for the internship two years ago and found out last year she was going. She couldn’t say anything until recently, though. “It was a long process,” she said.
A lot of the students selected by NBC are high-achievers who are involved in various school functions and extracurricular events. Marotta carries a 3.7 grade-point average and is involved in musical theater and a sorority in addition to performing community service.
She lives in Gloversville with her mother and brother.