How to land an entertainment internship

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How to land an entertainment internship

This is a guest post by our campus ambassador Jessica Strassman from University of California at Santa Cruz

If you’re interested in a career in the entertainment industry, one can often have a difficult time attaining an internship.  Sometimes it can be difficult to get an internship, even if you apply for more than 10 internships!  Here are some tips that I always keep in mind when I’m searching for an internship in the entertainment industry.

-       Talk to your school’s internship advisor at your career center.

o      Most career centers offer valuable advice on attaining your internship of choice.  If there is a specific company that you want to work for, the internship advisor at your career center may be able to put you in contact with an alumna who works at that company.

-       Check the career pages for different companies you’d like to work for, and check back often

o      Most companies have a job search on their website, which lists available internships.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, be sure to check back frequently.

-       Check Intern Queen!

o      There are tons of entertainment internships listed on Intern Queen!

-       Check out this site: entertainmentcareers.net

o      Entertainmentcareers.net lists many different types of entertainment internships, and constantly update their site with new postings.

-       Let your connections know what kind of internship you are looking for.

o      If you know people who are already working in the entertainment industry, let them know that you are applying for internships.  They may know people at the companies you want to work for!

-       After you apply for an internship, always follow up.

o      Once you’ve applied for an internship, be sure to follow up.  I would recommend following up with a company if you haven’t heard within two weeks of sending in your application.