Covering the Olympics should be the assignment of a lifetime for any journalist, let alone students just getting their feet wet in the field. But with security concerns looming over Sochi, Tamara Lindstrom tells us what a group of young TV students can expect.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- After a grueling interview process, these Ithaca College students got the news they'd been waiting for.
"I read it twice because I didn't think it was actually happening. And then I jumped up for joy and ran to my mom and said, 'Guess what? I get to see the skiers. I get to see everything,'" said Stephanie Khoury, Ithaca College Junior.
In all, 34 students were selected to head to Sochi, and put their new TV skills to the test.
"I will be going to the Olympics as an NBC intern. And I will be doing the running, that's what they call it. Basically doing anything they need help with from setting up to getting things that they need to helping athletes," said Shannon Ward, IC Senior.
"It's the biggest sport venue in the world. All the countries coming together to compete. So just assisting them in any way possible and learning from their experiences. And making contacts with them," said Travis Collins, IC Senior.
From fetching coffee to logging tapes, the students will work with NBC professionals to bring the games to households around the world.
But with mounting security concerns, school officials are taking safety seriously.
"They would be considered like an NBC employee. And there are evacuation plans, we are in touch with their parents or guardians and have the complete schedules of all their flights and locations. So we are monitoring the situation very carefully," said Diane Gayeski, Park School Dean.
And the threats of violence haven't scared off these students.
"It's obviously always a concern. But the school and NBC has been working really well and informing us and keeping us up to date. So I'm really looking forward to going still, and I still have the same excitement."
No surprise, the dean says, from students aspiring to work in journalism.