Getting an Awesome Entertainment Internship

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Autumn is approaching and a lot of college students are just settling in at their first entertainment internship. But how does someone get an internship? And what about “not just any internship,” but one that is going to set them on a course to entertainment career success?

Well, for those of you who haven’t yet landed an internship - or whose first internship isn’t turning out to be all that great, here’s a quick guide to finding an awesome internship:

1) Be strategic- If you start early and use these internship-getting tips, you have the opportunity to be somewhat selective. Target an internship in the area of the industry in which you want to work post-graduation. This is your opportunity to get resume fodder, connections, and good solid work experience. The more laser-focused you are on your area of interest, the better.

Are you interested in working in the entertainment industry? Check out “Breaking Into the Biz: The Insider’s Guide to Launching an Entertainment Industry Career” for step-by-step guidance on identifying, pursuing, and landing the right first job on the path to your chosen entertainment goal.

2) Aim high- Make a list of the top companies where you want to work. Call them first. Even the name places have interns working there. Why not be one of them? Though interning at a little-known company can be a great jumping off place for your career (a scrappy start-up could provide an excellent job opportunity for you when you graduate), you want to do your homework and know (as much as you can) what you’re getting into with every opportunity.

3) Have a short pitch ready- “My name is Jenny Martin. I am a junior at Boston University majoring in communications. I am interested in interning at Katalyst in the spring. How do I submit myself for consideration?” Easy, right?

4) Don’t be shy- Companies love interns because they work for free and the smart ones work as hard or harder than anyone on payroll. If you get someone who is curt on the phone, don’t be put off. They are busy and they get lot of calls from potential interns, so keep smiling and be persistent.

5) Follow-up- Call back if you don’t get a return call. Start your pitch again. “This is Jenny Martin. I called a week ago and I wanted to check back. I am calling about an internship…” And keep following up until they tell you a definitive no or until you land that internship!

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About JennyYM

Jenny Yerrick Martin is a veteran entertainment hiring executive with 20+ years in film, television, and music. She created to give students, recent grads and others a true picture of the layout of the industry, and how to break in, transition to a new area, or achieve more success on their current path.


  • khristie

    September 8, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I have made the jump and moved from NC to LA and Ive been here for 2 months and havent found anything. Ill be 27 next week and Ive been out of college for 4 years now and I cannot seem to find an internship. Do you have any advice for someone who is not in school to get an internship? I dont have any experience in the industry at all and Ive been trying to work on a volunteer basis. I didnt know it would be so hard to try to work for free.

  • admin

    September 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Khristie- Sorry you’re having such a hard time. Internships for graduates are tough because companies can get in trouble with the labor board for not paying people who aren’t getting college credit. Target small companies and use your network (alumni association, Linked In connections, etc) to get both paid and unpaid opportunities.

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