Tianyuan Zhang ’15 Reports Back From Internship in Sochi Russia

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 1:07 pm.

Tianyuan Zhang ’15, as well as Sara Powell ’15 and Haverford student Katherine Mahoney ’14, spent three weeks interning at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia earlier this year. The three Russian majors worked as interns with NBCUniversal, broadcaster of the 2014 Olympics, serving as tour guides.

“As Russian speakers, Sara, Kate, I all provided language help as well,” says Tianyuan. “I didn’t realize how much NBC valued our language skills until I arrived in Sochi and started working. Having the skill in my back pocket really helped.”

Along with their internship duties, Tianyuan was able to attend several events, including figure skating, speed skating, ski jumping, alpine skiing, and snowboard, but nothing compared to witnessing the Opening Ceremony firsthand.

“It was like a dream!” she says. “As a Russian major, I felt very connected to the culture presented in the performances and was really excited to watch my favorite ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova, dancing at the ceremony!”

In early 2013, NBC contacted the Bryn Mawr Russian Department, noting the strength and national reputation of the department as well as its status as one of only a handful of Russian Language Flagship programs in the country. Advanced Russian students were invited by NBC to apply to the internship, whereupon they underwent an extensive interview in Russian before being chosen for the internship program. The cost of the students’ trip was underwritten by Irene Darden Field ’60, a long-time supporter of Bryn Mawr’s Russian department.

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