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Kareem Fayek is interning at HBO

Kareem Fayek has a summer internship at HBO, in New York City.

Kareem Fayek has a summer internship at HBO.

He works for the company’s Media Production and Operations division at the HBO Studio in Manhattan.

HBO needs bright young college students to help it remain cutting-edge, especially with newer ventures such as On Demand Television and HBO GO, its online streaming service: Kareem, who just finished his freshman year at NJIT, is just the young man for the job. 

At NJIT, he is a Human-Computer Interaction major with a concentration in Graphic Art & Design.  During his first semester at NJIT, he maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.  He was a member of the Student Senate at NJIT and worked as an extern at Prudential’s Peak Leadership Conference. Earlier this summer, he worked as a Peer Leader for NJIT’s First Year Connections program (Freshman Orientation).

In this interview, he talks about what it’s like to intern at one of Manhattan’s biggest media companies: HBO.


Are you enjoying the internship at HBO?

I’ve had a great time so far. From attending exclusive employee premieres of my favorite shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood and meeting producers, to getting free HBO, there are many perks of being an intern at HBO!

Where is your job based?

My internship is located at the HBO Studio in the heart of the Flatiron District (23rd Street) of New York City. The HBO Studio is a branch of the HBO headquarters (42nd Street). The studio is where all phases of post-production are done, as well as the filming of shows such as Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Fight Game with Jim Lample.

What projects are you working on for your internship?

I work with HBO editors in editing and screening everything from picture lighting to sound. Although I am unable to be specific with what exact series we are working on because it violates my contract, we are working closely with motion graphics designers, producers, and sound & production engineers to authentically re-master this HBO series. I truly enjoy working on these projects because of the great class-leading original content HBO has to offer.

How did you get the internship?

My advisor at Career Development Services, Grace Lopez, referred her students to apply to the Emma Bowen Foundation, a prestigious, highly competitive foundation with an objective to prepare minority students for careers in the media and entertainment industry. After a hefty application and several interviews, I was accepted into the foundation and my corporate sponsor was HBO.

So it seems like your internship might be an avenue to an exciting future career?

The media industry is a rapidly evolving industry and is in the midst of a technological transition. Ten years ago, there was no Online Television programming or On-Demand television. Now we are overwhelmed with options such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO GO. When speaking with the interns, Otto Berkes, the current Chief Technology Officer of HBO (one of the founders of the Original Xbox, with 18 years of experience at Microsoft) noted that “this is just the beginning” of this technological transition. There is still undiscovered territory in how technology can enhance media and I want to be a part of that discovery.

By Robert Florida