“No experience necessary” is music to the ears of anyone in search of a new career.
But in the fiercely competitive entertainment industry, companies look for ready-made professionals. How can you increase your chances of breaking into the biz? Consider “auditioning” for a company with that tried-and-true stepping-stone, an internship.
“Most companies regard internships as viable work experience,” says Rochelle Shapiro, internship coordinator at Brooklyn College in New York. And why not? They provide hands-on training and marketable skills, in addition to great networking opportunities. Most internships also offer stipends or college credit, and are ideal for students and career-changers alike.
Whether you’re an aspiring music producer or stage-lighting manager, our annual listing of media-related internships is designed to help you get your foot in the door. Who knows? With a little hard work and persistence, an internship with one of these companies may help you land the dream role of your career.
Home Box Office (HBO) Attn: Christine Buderman 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 & 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 summer; August for fall; mid-October for spring.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Attn: HR Internship Coordinator 1 BET Plaza 1900 W Place NE Washington, DC 20018 202-608-2081
BET offers internships during spring, fall and summer in various departments including: BET-on-Jazz, BET Weekend magazine, Emerge magazine, MSBET, music, news, Soundstage Restaurant and sports.
Pay: Academic credit only. Eligibility: High school seniors and college students interested in communications.
MTV (includes VH1) and Nickelodeon) Attn: Jennifer Grigsby 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. Program is broken into 10-week sessions in fall, spring and summer.
Pay: College credit only.
Eligibility: College students only.
Deadline: Apply three months prior to the program you’re interested in. Applicants must be able to work two weekdays (eight hours daily) in order 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 fall; October 1 for spring; March 1 for summer.
Charlie Rose Attn: Ava Sydney Internship Coordinator 499 Park Ave. New York, NY 10022 212-940-1600
Charlie Rose offers internships for fall, spring and summer. Pay: College credit only. Eligibility: Applicants should have an interest in politics, news, film and television.
Comedy Central Attn: Mandy Preville 1775 Broadway, 9th Fl. New York, NY 10019 212-767-8618
Position are offered in production, marketing, advertising, publicity and A&R, depending on departmental needs.