Emily Licciardi '17, a digital media major at Endicott College, has landed several desirable internships as she pursues her dream career in the entertainment industry.
Currently a senior, Emily has already gained invaluable experiences at WHDH Boston and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
As a digital media major with a concentration in Film Production at Endicott College (Class of 2021), Emily’s passion and determination has opened many high-profile professional doors, starting with a summer internship after her freshman year at WHDH/CW 56 in Boston.
“At WHDH/CW56, I interned in the Creative Services department under the supervision of Tiffany Middleton, who saw my drive and desire to work in the industry and let me be her assistant on the promo shoots with the talent, where I got to talk to them and ask all about the industry,” said Emily.
“Approximately six months after completing my internship, a job opened up in Tiffany's department, and she reached out to me to interview, which I ended up landing in February 2019.”
Emily found that this internship truly prepped her for the next big step. “I learned how to think on the fly, stick up for my ideas and to not be afraid to make mistakes. This turned out to be the best preparation for an award-winning show like The Tonight Show.
“I have always been a fan of The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon himself, so when I saw an open internship available, I figured applying was worth a shot!” said Emily.
She was right... Emily was selected for the internship and within two weeks, she moved to New York City to start her next chapter at Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Though due to confidentiality, Emily can’t share her exact duties while working with Jimmy Fallon, she can say that every day was a new, exciting challenge. But once COVID-19 hit, her internship was forced to change in order to follow health guidelines. “I worked remotely, but was able to assist more staff members and work on a lot of additional cool and creative projects.”
She completed her Tonight Show internship in May 2020 and currently works as the Executive Assistant and Content Producer for Jam'n 94.5 Radio Host, Santi DeOleo.
Emily Licciardi '17
Emily’s ambition blossomed at Central Catholic, where she was a member of the tennis team, Student Ambassadors, and Executive Board of the Student Alumni Association (SAA).
“My experiences with Student Ambassadors and SAA equipped me with important skills for the working world such as the power of networking, holding myself to a higher standard, and always treating people with respect,” said Emily. “CCHS staff members Mr. Christopher Merrill '89, Director of Admissions, and Mr. David Erwin, Chief Development Officer, taught me how to speak not only about myself, but about an organization.”
She was also significantly impacted by faculty members Mrs. Ashleigh (Ward) Brown '00 and Mr. Jarrod Brown '98 (the focus of her college essay), who supported Emily in the classroom and on the tennis court.
“I have never met two teachers who not only cared, but pushed their students to strive for anything and everything in life. Mr. Brown used to stay after school with me and other classmates for almost an hour every day just to make sure we were on track for success,” said Emily. “Mrs. Brown was my tennis coach and the one who pushed me to look into playing at college, flash forward four years later and I am playing on a conference winning NCAA team. The Browns, in my opinion, are a treasure of Central Catholic High School!”
Congratulations, Emily – we can’t wait to see all you’ll accomplish!