For the second summer in a row, Myles Hunt ’11 is interning with the Jim Henson Company in New York City, “made famous by the entertaining Muppets we all know and love.”
Upon the Company’s request, Hunt returned to his internship from the previous summer, working at their new location in Long Island City, Queens. The move gave the Company a more open workplace, as well as closer proximity to their Sesame Street set at Kaufmen-Astoria Studios. Hunt helped with the move last summer.
Though the Jim Henson Company became famous for using classic puppetry, it has expanded into TV, film, digital puppetry, animatronics, and even live performances. Hunt’s daily duties involve work in several of these fields. He is a personal assistant to the creature designers and actual Muppeteers for Sesame Street and the recent off-Broadway improv show Stuffed and Unstrung. His work takes him on and off the set, causing him to take on several roles throughout the work day. When working behind the scenes, he is a prop builder, Muppet repairman, and when the time allows, a Muppet builder.
“They have just recently been teaching me the technical aspects of building a professional Muppet, much to my delight. I think I will be able to build some on campus this coming semester,” says Hunt.
Hunt obtained his internship last summer by networking and landing an interview with the Company. He made it a goal for himself to work for “the creative and hilarious entertainment industry that Jim Henson created.”
In the spring, Hunt student taught as part of the HWS Education Program. He hopes to use some of what he learns in the classroom, staying true to his belief that humor can not only entertain but also teach. His motto is “teaching through laughter.”
“I love this job simply because the people are allowed to be funny, creative, ambitious and curious as much as they can to develop something magical in any shape or form. There are always doors to be opened in such a company, and it is what makes it so unique and special in so many ways. I am so excited to see what the future holds for The Jim Henson Company, and would love to be a part of that future. I hope to continue working for the company and learn more about ways to broaden creative education and entertainment wherever it may lead.”
Hunt is an arts and education major, with a minor in education. He is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. While on campus, he helps out with Geneva Heroes and is a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa.