This summer, Kyle Clark ’22 is contributing to CNBC’s Breaking News desk and its Specials Unit. His duties include pitching story ideas and gathering and organizing information needed to run segments. For the Specials Unit, he assists in producing pieces for Main Street in Crisis, a show that covers small businesses’ responses to COVID-19.
Clark said that he likes both how interactive and impactful his job can be. “I get to reach out to people when I’m working [with the Specials] team and meet people from all over the country and make relationships with them. I like to connect with people, and I like to do research and make things happen like that. ... I engage pretty heavily, and I have a lot of power in being able to contribute something that can be on air.”
Clark took an interest in CNBC last summer when considering how to pursue his interest in writing and reporting. Last fall, he began writing for the student-run Hamilton fashion magazine Signature Style and interned for WKTV, a television broadcast station based in Utica. He enjoyed his time with WKTV and now, working for CNBC, he hopes to continue his career in multimedia journalism and ultimately become a news anchor.
Majors: Anthropology, Religious Studies
Hometown: Mahwah, N.J.
High school: St. Joseph Regional High School
According to Clark, the skill he practices most in his internship is time management, though he acknowledged that Hamilton has helped him learn to organize his time efficiently. “The Hamilton work experience has helped me be on top of things, because you really have to be [structured] at school ... All those skills that we work on day-in, day-out … sometimes students or student athletes are working during the school year, interning, whatever it is … you have to be on top of it. Given our backgrounds, given what the school demands of us, I feel really prepared for this role.”
In all, Clark’s internship has helped him find his niche. “I appreciate the opportunity to make an impact more than I thought any internship would really allow me to do,” he said, adding that he wasn’t expecting to have so many of his ideas featured online. “I pitch stories and I’m looking forward to pitching more stories.”