CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - The Big South Conference, in conjunction with Collegiate Partner Musco Sports Lighting, continues the "Musco Women's Spotlight," with Winthrop redshirt-junior soccer player Ann Lutzenkirchen as our latest feature.
The Winthrop women's soccer team had a memorable season in 2010, winning a share of the Big South Regular Season championship under Big South Coach of the Year and first-year coach Spencer Smith. The Eagles also earned the No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament, where they fell to eventual Big South Champion High Point in the semifinals, 1-0.
Prior to the successful season, forward and broadcast journalism major Ann Lutzenkirchen had the summer of a lifetime, serving as an intern for the "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City. Winthrop Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations Jack Frost first recapped Lutzenkirchen's memorable summer.
Lutzenkirchen had many opportunities at her internship, she rubbed shoulders with such celebrities as actress Julia Roberts and country music star Dolly Parton was very special, as was having a grilled cheese sandwich from Rupert Jee's Hello Deli -- made famous by Letterman during his nightly show, named in her honor. Jee called it the Intern Annie Grilled Cheese.
The Marietta, Ga. native says that her academic major does not require an internship experience, but recommends that students seek that opportunity.
"I always wanted to be in New York because it is the center of the entertainment industry," she says. "I have a cousin who is an actor in the city, so I asked him if he knew of any prominent internship opportunities. He knew some people at the show and he gave me the email address. I contacted the people at the show in March, was told to send them my resume and a cover letter. Then in early April I got a call and was invited to go up for an interview."
Her efforts were rewarded as she was given one of the 11 available internship positions.
"I was told that over 400 people applied and I was among 30 applicants that were invited in for a interview," she said. "The interview lasted about three hours and I had a chance to meet the entire staff except for Paul (Shaffer) and Dave (Letterman). About three weeks later I received an email telling me that I got the internship. I headed to New York in May as soon as final exams were over."
During her eight-week experience on the show, Ann worked primarily with Shaffer, the longtime music director for the CBS Orchestra. Her first day on the job was May 17 and she returned to Winthrop on August 6 for preseason soccer practice.
"I had to miss a couple of days of workouts, but Coach Smith (Spencer) told me not to worry about that because this was going to be a chance of a lifetime that I couldn't pass up. That was really cool of him to let me do that."
While in New York, she lived with her cousin who had an apartment near Central Park and within walking distance of the Ed Sullivan Theater, the home of the Late Show and located at the corner of Broadway and West 53rd street -- just a stone's throw from famed Times Square.
"It was just amazing every day walking through mid-town Manhattan on the way to work."
Lutzenkirchen was one of two music production interns who worked with Shaffer's assistant and the orchestra members.
"At first, I said 'what?' I really didn't know music, but as it turned out that really didn't matter. We worked with the guest musicians and helped to make everything run smoothly during rehearsal and when the show went live."
Lutzenkirchen said she had the opportunity to work both in the office and on the set which not all of the internships did. Her experience on the show ran the gamut from working with the cue card guy, the props, to the director and the camera crew, and the PR (public relations) people.
"I was really lucky that I got to do all of that."
A typical work week ran from Monday through Thursday. The show, which is held before a live audience, is taped during the afternoon and then replayed at 11:30 on Monday through Friday nights.
"My longest day was on Monday when they did a double taping. I would go in around 10 a.m. and worked until about 8 p.m. on Monday and from Tuesday through Thursday I worked from 10 until around 6:30. Friday was a catch-up day. Dave and Paul don't work on Friday, so they tape Friday's show on Monday."
Even though Letterman does not take part in rehearsals, Ann says that it was watching rehearsals that she enjoyed the most. "I liked watching the rehearsals and then seeing what actually made it out on the show," she says. "They rehearse so many skits, but maybe only one would make it on the show, and they have all of these extras waiting backstage wondering if they will go on. It is really like a game time decision. It was like Dave would say a word and it might trigger a skit."
Regarding her opportunities to meet some of the well-known celebrities and entertainers that frequent the Late Show, Ann says, "the celebrities that are on the show are very, very gorgeous and very, very skinny. That's the truth!"
What has the internship experience meant for Lutzenkirchen? For one thing she says that she has learned that she doesn't want to do the news side of television, but really enjoys the entertainment side.
"I don't think it was because I was meeting all these people. I just like the hustle and bustle of it and I like making people laugh which is the total opposite of the news side."
But perhaps one of the most important things she got from the experience was learning to live in the real world.
"I learned that being an adult is pretty tough, but I really enjoyed my adult summer in New York City."
Be sure to check out other Musco Spotlights:
Megan Smith - High Point Volleyball