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Student is Becoming a Regular on NBC's Olympics Team


Posted 03/31/2014
Posted by Meagan Fazio

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Dziok in Sochi, Russia, at the Winter Olympics.

The next Olympics are still more than two years away, but NBC has already asked Joe Dziok '14 to be part of their coverage for the third time. Dziok, a senior music production and technology major at The Hartt School, worked in London during the summer of 2012 and just got back from the Sochi games. Dziok, who also plays jazz piano and credits his music with helping him get his network job, has this to say about his time in Sochi:

“London was an internship, but this time around, NBC hired me for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi as a ‘video utility’ in the Venue Engineering Field Shop. My job consisted of building hundreds of cameras for the different Olympic venues (anywhere an event took place). I then had to help integrate various video systems and install them at the venues. Once the games started, my duty was to be on standby to bring replacement equipment and/or fix equipment on the spot if there were any issues.

“My experience was much different from the other NBC interns, [who mostly] come for the week before the games begin, and their jobs consist mainly of getting coffee for talent and taking notes for producers and other things of that nature. My internship in London and my paid position in Sochi have been much more hands-on and technically related. I feel like I made a good impression on my bosses [at NBC] and I hope I made the University proud!

Joe Dziok '14 in front of the Olympic rings.

“I think that the University of Hartford has prepared me well to handle this AMAZING job opportunity. The hands-on experience I learned in the classroom, both with the recording and audio equipment and in my electrical engineering classes in CETA [College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture], have given me the skills to do what I spent two months working on in Russia. The critical thinking skills from my AUC [All-University Curriculum] courses and my other various courses have helped me to handle very stressful situations when a solution was needed very quickly. I think overall, I would never have been able to land this job if it wasn’t for my education at the University of Hartford.

“I was asked to come back again for the Summer Olympics in Rio in 2016! So I’m excited that I did well enough to be asked to come back! “