For five seasons of “30 Rock,” Kenneth Parcell has worked tirelessly to bring honor to the NBC page program. But usually, pages only have to toil for a year before moving up the corporate ladder.
NBC’s storied page program has been around for more than 75 years, making it one of the country’s original “internship programs.”
Each year about 4,000 college graduates apply for about 60 page spots on the East Coast. With an acceptance rate of about 1.5 percent, the program is more exclusive than the country’s most selective colleges (after all, a whopping 6.2 percent of Harvard applicants got in this year).
To apply for the year-long program, graduates must have a 3.2 GPA, and prior internship or work experience. Once in the job, pages give tours, coordinate ticketing for live shows, rotate through various departments — and brag to their friends about celeb spottings.
Some of those celebs used to be NBC pages themselves, including Regis Philbin, Ted Koppel, Michael Eisner and SNL’s Kate Jackson.
For more info, NBCUniversal Direct just posted a video about its page program: