While you are watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on your TV or streaming it on your favorite device, there’s a good chance a Villanova student is playing a role behind the scenes.
There are currently three Villanova students serving as interns with NBC Sports for the Summer Olympics: Emma Gudino, ’23 CLAS, Taryn Twohig, ’22 VSB and Alex Whang, ’22 CLAS. All were originally scheduled to serve as interns before the 2020 Olympics was postponed because of the pandemic. The opportunity still came—just a bit later than expected. Gudino and Twohig are located at NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford, Conn., while Whang is on-site in Tokyo.
The three Villanovans share some of their experiences during the Olympics.
Emma Gudino – Digital Production Assistant
“My freshman year at Villanova, I decided I wanted to minor in Japanese because I had grown up in Tokyo and speak fluent Japanese. Dr. Masako Hamada, EdD, associate professor emerita of Japanese Studies, convinced me to make my own major. So right now, I’m majoring in Japanese—a major I created—and economics. I’m also minoring in business and sustainability. Dr. Hamada approached me about the opportunity to intern with NBC Sports in Tokyo midway through my first semester as a freshman.”
“My official title is Digital Production Assistant. I’m working with a team that’s creating news shows that get sent out to Apple, Comcast, Google and NBC’s YouTube channel. The highlights from the competitions are usually the top running story on Apple News.”
“This opportunity was really cool because I was growing up in Japan during the bidding and campaigning process. When Japan was awarded the 2020 Olympics, there were posters everywhere. Growing up, that’s all I had seen. When I got this opportunity, it was a full-circle moment. I was disappointed I couldn’t go back to Tokyo, but once I got here to Stamford, I realized how cool it is to be at the center of what everyone is watching on TV.”