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Source: Julie Shuss, jshuss@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, khodges2@k-state.edu

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

K-STATE SENIOR FROM LEAWOOD TO SERVE SUMMER INTERNSHIP WITH THE 'RACHAEL RAY SHOW' IN NEW YORK CITY

MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University senior will get a behind-the-scenes view of one of the real-world entertainment shows she enjoys watching when she serves as an intern for a popular, award-winning daytime talk show.

Jule ShussJulie Shuss, K-State senior in marketing from Leawood, will be an intern with the "Rachael Ray Show" this summer in New York City.

Rachael Ray, the host of the "Rachael Ray Show," is a Food Network TV personality, best-selling cookbook author and founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine. Her talk show includes features on her culinary skills and celebrity interviews.

Shuss said she heard about the internship from a friend who served a previous internship with the show. She applied for the same opportunity and received the upcoming summer position.

"Not only will this be a cool internship to have, but it will be something I will truly enjoy, and it's something I'm interested in," she said. "I could have done an internship more local, but this is something that coincides with my interests and is something I might want to do in the future."

Shuss will work in a variety of departments involved with the show, and she particularly is interested in the creative opportunities, like advertising. Shuss said she has been a fan of Ray since first watching her on her Food Network show, "30 Minute Meals." She said she is excited about the possibility of meeting the celebrity.

"I will probably freak out," Shuss said. "I've heard she's such a great person and extremely hard working. Maybe I'll meet her, or maybe I'll just see her in passing, but at least I'll be a lot closer than watching her on television."

Shuss said she likes watching shows on the Food Network and Discovery Channel because she enjoys the content and show personalities.

"I think the hosts work hard, yet they love their jobs, and that's something that's really inspiring to me," she said. "I watch them because it's something that I would like to be able to do someday."

Shuss will receive academic credit for the internship, which is in July and August, and then will return to K-State for the fall 2009 semester. She said she eventually would like to work for the Food Network or Discovery Channel, and she thinks her internship will help make that possible by allowing her to explore more opportunities.

Shuss is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority; the College of Business Administration Ambassadors; Greek Ambassadors; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Eta Sigma national honor society; and Order of Omega, the Greek honorary. She is the vice president of membership for the K-State's Marketing Club and has been a church nanny and a home school physical education instructor for the city of Manhattan.

A 2006 graduate of St. Teresa's Academy, Shuss is the daughter of David and Nancy Shuss, Leawood.