One Day in the Shoes of an MTV Intern

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One Day in the Shoes of an MTV Intern

This is a StudentAdvisor guest post for by Taylor Cotter!

Over at StudentAdvisor, we also like to profile college students that are doing big things with their internships. Benjamin Pierce Reignier, a third-year student at Northeastern University (, is currently in the middle of his first co-op placement producing documentaries and news stories for MTV ( While he might not get to rub elbows with the cast of Jersey Shore, Ben has tons of tips for students who want to get practical career experience in the entertainment industry.

Want to learn more about what he’s been up to on the job? Take a peak at Ben’s StudentAdvisor Internship

Name: Benjamin Pierce Reignier
School: Northeastern University
Major and Class Year: Communications and International Affairs, 2014

What does your company do?
Viacom, specifically MTV Networks, is a leading media conglomerate in the world, producing reality, scripted, and documentary series.

What's your position there?
I am a production management intern for MTV News and Documentaries.

Can you tell us about a typical day on the job?
The TV industry varies from day to day and interns are treated differently by different departments. Many people ask me how many coffees I fetch, and to be honest, I have not had to get one yet. However, if someone asked me to, I would do it with a smile. The internships at MTV networks are competitive, and the connections you make here are extremely valuable. Some of my work days are more office logistics, while others will be helping out on shoots for MTV News or other MTV specials. I also sit in on weekly meetings with production managers and coordinators.

What have you learned so far during your internship?
I've learned more about budget maintenance and logistics than I thought I would. This is great to learn because it can cross over into any field, not just TV.

What are your career goals and how will this internship help you achieve them?
Ideally, I would like to be on the creative side of television production: directing, producing, or writing. Many people who work in TV can take on any of these roles, depending on the project.

What are the three biggest mistakes any intern could make?
1) Acting like you are deserving, or better, than what you're being told to do - especially in the competitive entertainment industry.

2) “Fan girl”-ing a celebrity when they come into the building, or deliberately acting out of place in any environment.

3) Bad mouthing your co-workers in the elevator, you never know who's listening!
What advice do you have for someone trying to get an internship position similar to yours?
If you have the drive, you will be okay. You have to research opportunities. Network, network, network!!!!! People tell me that I'm "so lucky" for getting the position I did. In reality, I worked hard for it. Any college student could get this internship; they just need to know how to go about it!

Interested in learning about more cool internships? See other StudentAdvisor Internship Spotlights here!

Taylor Cotter (@TaylorCotter) is a Content Intern for StudentAdvisor. She is a senior at Northeastern University studying journalism, English literature and business administration. Before StudentAdvisor, Taylor has interned for nonprofit organizations, a financial management company, a government official and an entertainment podcast. She is passionate about writing and journalism and hopes to use new media and the web to create 21st century news. At Northeastern, Taylor is heavily involved with the Student Government Association. She hopes to help students get the most out of their time (and their money) spent in college.