Getting the big break: with the right internship, you can beat the odds and become a success in the entertainment industry. (Entrepreneurship).
"Internships are so powerful," affirms Wendy Washington, a senior vice president at Universal Records, whose assistant is a former intern for the company. "We get our employees from our intern pool. They know the system. They know how things work and you can't get a better character reference. Interns who work for our company have a better shot of becoming employed here than someone who just sends in an application."
But more than just making great employment connections, interning is a priceless way to gain actual exposure to the intended field and develop skills not taught in school. Here, we've listed a variety of selected internship opportunities in the fields of television, music, theater, and film. Some offer salaries, some provide stipends. And while others only provide college credit, the experience is invaluable.
FILM/TELEVISION Black Entertainment Television (BET) Attn: HR Internship Coordinator 1 BET Plaza, 1900 W. Place N.E. Washington, DC 20018 202-608-2081 BET offers internships during spring, fall, and summer in BET-on-Jazz, 106 & Park, Maad Sports, and other music, news, and sports programs. Pay: Academic credit only. Eligibility: High school seniors and college students interested in communications. Deadline: Rolling. Charlie Rose Attn: Ava Sydney Internship Coordinator 499 Park Ave. New York, NY 10022 212-940-1600 Charlie Rose offers internships for the fall, the spring, and the summer. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Applicants should have an interest in news, film, and TV. Deadline: Rolling. Comedy Central Attn: Mandy Preville 1775 Broadway, 9th Fl. New York, NY 10019 212-767-8618 Positions available in production, marketing, advertising, publicity, and A&R, depending on departmental needs. Pay: College credit or stipend of $250-$500. Eligibility: All majors welcome. Deadline: Roiling. Internships begin at the start of each semester. Fear Factor Attn: Human Resources 1149 North Gower, Suite 105 Los Angeles, CA 90038 No phone calls. Fax: 323-785-2243 Fear Factor interns will learn about reality-TV production and gain insight into the day-to-day operations of production. Interns will do administrative work, research, and standard internship duties. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Applicants must be willing to learn and have a positive attitude. Deadline: None. Home Box Office (HBO) Attn: Neil Chand 1100 Ave. of the Americas, H3-37 A New York, NY 10036 No phone calls. HBO offers internships in several areas including production, marketing, original and film programming, and media relations. Pay: $500 stipend. Eligibility: College credit required. Candidates must be able to work a minimum of two to three days per week for 10 weeks. Deadline: Rolling. March for the summer; August for the fall; mid-October for the spring. MTV (includes VH1 and Nickelodeon) Attn: Suzanne Lumerman 1515 Broadway New York, NY 10036 212-258-8000 Internships are available in advertising, marketing, advertising sales, press relations, special events, animation graphics, production, viewer services online, and talent relations. The program is broken into 10-week sessions in the fall, the spring, and the summer. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: College students only. Deadline: Apply to the program you're interested in three months prior to its start. Applicants must be able to work two weekdays (eight hours daily) to participate. The Late Show with David Letterman Attn: Janice Penino 1697 Broadway New York, NY 10019 212-975-5806 Late Show interns are assigned to work in one of the following departments: writing, research, production, talent, mailroom, music, executive producer's office, and a floater position. Area of interest must be specified. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Interns are scheduled to work 40 hours a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Applicants must be matriculated college students. Deadline: June 1 for the fall; Oct. 1 for the spring; March 1 for the summer. Twentieth Century Fox Attn: Nicole Levitt 2121 Ave. of the Stars Century City, CA 90067 Fax: 310-369-8455 Twentieth Century Fox seeks an intern to work in its national promotions and field publicity departments on major motion picture releases that include X-Men 2 and Daredevil. Pay: College credit only, Eligibility: A full-time student who is available to intern two to three days a week. Should be willing to multitask between departments and have good written, phone, and research skills, as well as a proficiency in Microsoft Power Point, Excel, and Photoshop. Deadline: Rolling. MUSIC Arista Records Attn: Human Resources 6 W. 57th St. New York. NY 10019 No phone calls Fax: 212-830-2107 Year-round program. Interns must work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Submit letter of interest. Pay: Monthly stipend of $35-$40; college credit available. Eligibility: Must be a college graduate or graduate student in music, business, law, or related fields. Deadline: Rolling. EMI Recorded Music Attn: Raquel Rodriguez Human Resources Coordinator 150 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10011 No phone calls. Fax: 212-786-8799 Internships are offered in finance, promotions, A&R, sales, and in the IT department. Send resume and cover letter indicating area of interest. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Applicants must be college students and have verification from school to accept credit. Deadline: Rolling. Sony Music Entertainment Attn: Credited Internship Program Recruitment & Placement 550 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10022-3211 No phone calls. Sony offers a variety of internships in New York City each semester. Internships are available in many areas including accounting, MIS, marketing, A&R, promotions, sales, publicity, business affairs, publishing, and Sony Studios. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Candidates must be enrolled at an accredited college or university and registered to receive course credit for the internship. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Indicate the semester you are applying for, and forward your resume and cover letter to the company address. Deadline: Rolling. Universal Music Group Attn: Internship Coordinator Universal Studios Human Resources Department 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 www.corp.universalstudios.com This internship allows the student to learn the "behind-the-scenes" operations in the sales department of one of the largest music companies in the world. The intern will gain hands-on experience in sales and special projects by creating sales sheets and aiding in the development of product and promotional materials. Pay: Both paid and unpaid internships are available. Eligibility: All applicants must be bilingual and must be marketing or business majors. Candidates must have a letter from an accredited two- or four-year college indicating that he or she will be able to receive college credit. Deadline: Internship cycles run through the fall, the spring, and the summer sessions. THEATER Alvin Alley American Dance Theater Attn: JoAnne Ruggeri 211 West 61st St., 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10023 212-767-0590 Positions are offered in the finance/administration, marketing/public relations, and development departments. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: College juniors and seniors and graduate students. Deadline: Rolling. American Conservatory Theater Attn: Jennifer Caleshu Internship Coordinator 30 Grant Ave., 6th Fl. San Francisco, CA 94108 415-439-2447 Internships in the production department are year-round with a variety of positions. Production internships require a $15 nonrefundable application fee, personal statement of career objectives and internship expectations (500 words or less), resume, and three letters of recommendation. Pay: $165 per week stipend for selected production internships; college credit may be available. Deadline: April 15. Crossroads Theatre Co. Attn: Sherry Moore General Manager 7 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-729-9559 Fax: 932-729-9557 Internship positions are offered in the stage management, lighting, sound, costume, artistic/literary, and marketing departments. Pay: Academic credit only. Eligibility: High school and college students only. African Americans are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Rolling. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Attn: Cassandra Lewis Internship Program Coordinator 2700 F Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20566 202-416-8821 Fax: 202-416-8802 www.kennedycenter.org Internship assignments are full-time (40 hours per week). More than 30 internships are offered in various departments including advertising, development (fund-raising), education, information services, press relations, and programming. Pay: Stipend of $800 per month; college credit may be available. Eligibility: Candidates must be college juniors or seniors, college graduates of not more than two years, or graduate students. Responsibilities include assisting with the administrative, presentational, promotional, and technical aspects of the Center. Deadline: June 15 for fall; Nov. 1 for winter/spring; March 1 for summer. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Attn: Liza Parker VP of Human Resources 70 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023 No phone calls. Fax: 212-875-5185 Two full-time, 12-week internships are available in arts administration that run from June to August. Eligibility: One year of graduate school work toward an M.A., M.B.A., M.F.A., or an equivalent degree, and a demonstrated interest in a career in arts management. Pay: Stipend of $500 per week. Deadline: Early February.
Anchor BET Nightly News
"My first internship was at Prince Georges Journal in Prince Georges, Maryland, while I was a college student. I worked as a reporter, got to sit in editorial meetings, and pitch stories. It really boosted my ego and showed me that I could really do this. Although I ended up in electronic media, many students don't realize how important good story writing skills are to being an effective journalist. I learned that there."
Graphic Designer Entertainment Industry
"As a graphic designer, I helped to develop music and film logos for movies such as Boyz in the Hood, Dead Presidents, and Kings of Comedy. I apprenticed with Art Sims, Spike Lee's art director. My big break came when I designed the logo for Mo' Better Blues. Internships also gave me the opportunity to learn the new computer programs for design. At the time, UCLA didn't have a lot of computers in their design department."
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