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English major Elizabeth McKeon ’03 (Westfield, N.J.) loves everything about basketball. She plays it, occasionally coaches it, often watches it, and hopes to make it part of her career. So when she landed an internship with the National Basketball Association, it was a dream come true.

McKeon spent last summer at the NBA’s headquarters in Secaucus, N.J., researching and locating footage for the NBC television show “NBA Inside Stuff.” During the internship, McKeon also composed and dubbed video material that was distributed to NBC studios and other participants and delivered it to NBC’s studios in New York. She even attended the NBA draft and participated in an episode of the show.

“I was always interacting with people who were great and always willing to teach me more,” she says. “I had such a great time and learned so much that it’s indescribable.”

McKeon, who hopes to become a sports broadcast analyst and commentator, says her work over the summer taught her just how much happens behind the scenes of a TV show.

“I never knew how much work went into producing a show,” she says. “After my summer experience I wouldn’t mind doing behind-the-scenes stuff. But my real love is on-camera work.”

Kori Davis, director of production for NBA Inside Stuff and McKeon’s internship supervisor, says she was glad to have the student working for her.

“She took initiative and she was very organized and very reliable,” Davis says. “She even took care of things administratively while we were on the road. She’s definitely someone we’d like to have back here.”

During the 10-week internship, McKeon kept a journal and when it was over, she wrote a five-page paper about it. She hopes to work for the NBA again before she finishes her bachelor’s degree and begins graduate studies in communications.

When she’s not in class or playing for the Lafayette’s women’s basketball team, McKeon serves as a Sports Council representative and peer mentor for student athletes. A graduate of Westfield High School, she’s also director of scholarship for Delta Gamma, her sorority, and participates in a variety of intramural sports.

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