Former Lake Claire RA Strikes Deal as Shark Tank Intern

Get to know Anthony Michaelessi

Posted Thursday, March 3, 2022 @ 11:53 AM

Meet one of UCF Housing’s very own, Anthony Michaelessi. Originally from Cape Coral, FL, Anthony is a current junior pursuing a degree in Media Production with minors in creative writing and music. Anthony started his adventure with Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant in October of 2020 at UCF’s Unionwest community, where he served as an exemplary departmental and university role model. He eventually made his way to main campus over the summer where he served as an RA for Hercules and then Lake Claire. In this position, Anthony was responsible for facilitating a positive community and promoting a safe and comfortable living environment for residents.  

Outside of Housing, Anthony became involved with the National Residence Hall Honorary, a honors society focused on service and recognition within on-campus housing. Having served as Membership Coordinator, Anthony states “I was responsible for planning events with the goal of member recruitment and retention. I was able to participate in our service events, like the “Greek Park Road Clean-Up.” With a great deal of leadership experience under his belt, Anthony is more than prepared to apply it to his new journey as an intern for NBC’s Shark Tank. 

Since first learning about the opportunity with Shark Tank in early Spring of 2020, Anthony was determined to earn the position. Taking place at Sony Pictures Studios, Anthony will be working in the Casting department. He’s most excited to learn about the inner workings of a professional production and to witness firsthand all of the things you don’t get to see on the screen, and how it all comes together to make the final product. At this point in time, he’s unsure of his plans post-graduation, but hopes this internship will help direct his career choice. Anthony is excited for the opportunity to network at one of the biggest hubs for media production in the country, and knows that any real-world experience working in high-level production is bound to influence his future aspirations. He thanks his RA position for helping him develop valuable time management, networking, interpersonal, creativity, and critical thinking skills – all of which he’ll bring to his new life behind the camera lens! 

Housing and Residence Life thanks Anthony for his leadership as an RA, his contribution to his UCF community. The UCF community can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in his new position!