Trent University is pleased to announce that Trevor Dunn, a graduating fourth year student, has been chosen as one of four students from across Canada who will spend the summer working with CBC Radio as part of the prestigious Peter Gzowski Internship Program, learning the basics of radio production and gaining first-hand experience in radio programming.
“I heard about the internship when I was working at Trent Radio in my first year. The moment I heard about it, I knew it would be a great opportunity and that I wanted to apply,” Mr. Dunn explained. “This is the perfect opportunity for me right now. I feel very lucky and I’m really looking forward to this summer and what will happen at the CBC.”
In May, Mr. Dunn will take part in a week of training in radio production at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Following the training, Mr. Dunn and three other interns will spend the remainder of their internship working for various radio shows across the country.
Mr. Dunn will graduate from Trent this spring with a joint degree in Hispanic Studies and Cultural Studies and a specialization in Media Studies. As a Cultural Studies student, he has carefully studied radio, examining its effects in society and how it operates. Throughout his time at Trent he has also actively participated in Trent Radio, where he hosts a show about immigration and the local community.
“We can be proud of a student like Trevor Dunn,” said Dr. Franklin Garcia-Sanchez, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trent. Prof. Sanchez praised Mr. Dunn’s story telling abilities and described Mr. Dunn as having “the grace of a real writer”.
Created to honour the memory of Peter Gzowski, who died in 2002, the internship program with CBC radio is available to final year university students at four institutions across Canada. Each institution has a link to the well-known author, broadcaster and columnist. The schools are: Trent University, McGill University in Montreal, Memorial University in St. John’s and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Peter Gzowski was chancellor at Trent University from 1999-2002.
“The CBC internship is especially important to Trent because of Peter Gzowski's close association to our University during the years he served as Chancellor,” said Prof. Jocelyn Aubrey, associate dean of undergraduate studies. “This year, as in the past, we had several excellent applicants. I am very pleased to congratulate Trevor on this exciting opportunity - I know he will represent Trent very well.”
A highly coveted employment opportunity, the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship Program seeks out students who are highly creative, curious about the world, engaged in the community, and have an interest in pursuing a career with public radio. The selection committee looks for students who are adaptable, think critically and have a love for writing.
The internship will run until August 2008. At that time, Mr. Dunn hopes to follow in the footsteps of many previous interns and continue to work at CBC. “I would really value the chance to work for the CBC,” he said.