John Zerbo had always been the entertainer in his family so he figured, why not make a living out of it? In his freshman year as a Mass Communication major with a TV/Video concentration, he got his chance.

“I found an opening for a job as a stagehand at Saturday Night Live and I applied. When I handed them my resume, it basically said ‘Iona College’…and they hired me. After my first day working at a television show, I knew this was where I wanted to be the rest of my life.”

Over the next three years, while continuing his studies in TV and video broadcasting at Iona, John Zerbo made the switch from stagehand to intern in the Talent Department, where he’s thriving today, working alongside people like Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey and even Steven Spielberg.

John credits Iona for giving him a head start on his career. “Being an undergrad and having all these opportunities is something I’m super grateful for.” Through hands-on experience with the Iona College Television (ICTV) equipment, he learned to use the same sophisticated cameras and broadcast technology he would later need on the job at SNL. “The thing about Iona is that it helps you with your life in untraditional ways and it’s up to each student to find their niche.”

John has certainly found his. He chose Iona for its size and proximity to New York City. Today, he is part of the longest-running show on television and he hopes to be there a long time. “Maybe in 10 years, you’ll see my name on the credits: John Zerbo. Executive Producer.”

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Rachel Chow ’14 on Preparing for a Career in Journalism

Iona helped Rachel Chow ’14 gain the skills and experience she needed to succeed in a career in journalism.  View more of Chow’s story as well as other Iona stories at #IonaStories

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Kirsten Knott ’13 Built A Resume For The Real World

Iona helped Kirsten Knott ’13 build a resume for the real world.  To view Knott’s story or other Iona stories, please visit .

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Meghan Mocio ’09MBA Using Her Accredited Degree To Stand Out In The Business World

story_header_MEGHANLearn how Meghan Mocio ’09 MBA is using her accredited degree from Iona to stand out in the business world. To read more of Meghan’s story click:  #IonaStories

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Iona was tailor made for Ryan Bacci, who always wanted to study international politics. As a sophomore in the Honors Program, Ryan got the opportunity he was looking for. His advisor, Professor Tricia Mulligan, chair of the Political Science Department, helped Ryan connect with a UN-affiliated NGO, The Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Department of Public Information at UN headquarters in NYC.  To view more Iona stories, please visit:  #IonaStories

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Alana Irwin ’07, ’09MBA On a Fast Track in The World of Business

ALANA_LargeAs a student majoring in marketing at Iona’s Hagan School of Business, Alana Irwin decided to fast track her career by entering the FastTrack MBA program. In just five years, she had the knowledge and skills in human resource management to hit the ground running. Alana is now a recruiter for financial giant JPMorgan in New York City.  Read more of Alana’s story at:  #IonaStories

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