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Broadcasting Senior Selected as IRTS Fellow

Ohio Northern University senior Ben Roselieb, a broadcasting and electronic media major from Wauseon, Ohio, has been selected to participate in the International Radio and Television Society Summer Fellowship Program in New York City. Roselieb is the seventh ONU student selected to participate in this Fellowship over the past 15 years. More than 1,000 applicants nationwide applied for the fellowship. In the past, IRTS has accepted 30 fellows, but this year, the number of accepted fellows was limited to 15.

The IRTS Fellowship teaches up and coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.

The program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures, and group discussions. Fellows also take related field trips and learn career planning, networking and interviewing skills by attending industry social functions.

Following this first week, fellows gain full-time "real world" experience at New York based media corporations where each is assigned for the duration of the nine week fellowship. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before settling into a permanent job in the electronic media industry.

"It was a pretty intense application process," Roselieb says. "The first round of applications was due in December and if you were accepted from there, you were sent another application with 10 to 13 short answer questions. The third round was a phone interview with an IRTS member. I found out mid-March that I had been accepted."

Travel, housing and living allowances are included in the fellowship. ONU broadcasting major and 2008 graduate, Lance McGraw, was a summer fellow last year. Today, McGraw lives in New York and works as a sales assistant for TeleRep, the nation's leading television station sales representative company.

Roselieb will depart for New York City one week after graduation on May 24.

"I'm most nervous because I'm graduating and I have an internship rather than a full-time job, but this is a great opportunity that I just couldn't pass up," he says.