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Getting the big break: with the right internship, you can beat the odds and become a success in the entertainment industry. (Entrepreneurship).

THERE ARE A LOT OF JOKES ABOUT INTERNS WORKING AS OFFICE MAIDS OR GOFERS; THEY "GO for this and go for that" is the age-old popular line. Running to get coffee and lunches and watering the executive's plants, however, have been real experiences for some disappointed students. But snagging the right internship, particularly in the hotly competitive field of entertainment, could significantly heighten your career marketability--and get your foot in the door.

"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.

Black Entertainment
Television (BET)
Attn: HR Internship Coordinator
1 BET Plaza, 1900 W. Place N.E.
Washington, DC 20018
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
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
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.

(includes VH1 and Nickelodeon)
Attn: Suzanne Lumerman
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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

The Late Show with
David Letterman
Attn: Janice Penino
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
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
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
Deadline: Rolling.


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
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


Alvin Alley American Dance Theater
Attn: JoAnne Ruggeri
211 West 61st St., 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10023
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
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
Fax: 932-729-9557
Internship positions are offered in the
stage management, lighting, sound, costume,
artistic/literary, and marketing
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
Fax: 202-416-8802
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
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.

Jacque Reid

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."

Brent Rollins

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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