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September 21, 2018

Alexandra Clancy '20 at her NESN internship

Alexandra Clancy '20 won NESN's Next Producer competition on May 16 and began her affiliated internship at the network just three short weeks later. The budding filmmaker's original documentary and Red-Sox-inspired commercial earned her the top reward - a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted paid internship - after three rounds of competition.

Clancy spent the summer shadowing Justine Pouravelis, a senior producer at NESN. On any given day, Clancy could be found editing segments for shows such as NESN Clubhouse and On Course with Andy Brickley, or on set with Pouravelis.

Alexandra Clancy '20 on set at her NESN internship

"It was really fascinating to see how a senior producer functions," said Clancy, noting that her work with Pouravelis in particular was a defining aspect of her career.

"Days at NESN were run so smoothly, and I liked learning that way," she said.

On the technical side, she learned to use the network's database and editing systems. It's a skill that took time to understand, but is now invaluable to her resume. The experience also shaped her vision for the future.

"I love storytelling through videography, but before I entered the contest, I wasn't sure if I wanted to focus solely on sports," she said. The internship revealed a few paths of opportunity. 

"I want to get better with cameras and cinematography, and in general, become more educated," she said. "I was the youngest one there this summer, and so regardless of what field I decide to cover, I want to get smarter and better, and bring in experiences from other places."

With two years of school remaining, Clancy values the opportunity to return to the classroom. At the same time, she has her eye set on a productive career - starting with next summer. Her goal? The fast-paced streets of New York City.

"I want to see if I can function in that kind of environment. I love NBC, and I would never have thought it possible to even apply there in the future if I hadn't had the experience at NESN this summer."