Identify, Land, & Ace Your Ideal Entertainment Internship (FREE GUIDE)

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Cover of "YII's Free Guide to Identifying, Landing, & Acing Your Ideal Entertainment Internship"This site includes profiles of about 100 (and counting) successful industry professionals, many of whom share information on their internships. In some cases, the internships helped them determine a career path, provided some clues to what they would excel at, or even started them on their chosen career path. Having the right internship and knowing how to make the most of it is the key to turning an academic-focused experience into the launching of your entertainment career.

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For instance, Michelle Jackino, now Executive Creative Director at a top promo house, credits her internship in the promo department at USA Networks in New York with setting her on the course for what she does now. She said in her profile, “It was invaluable. At the time, they didn’t have a big on?air department. So from almost the moment I started, as a 19-year old intern, I was copywriting. It really set me on the path of what I do now for a living. If I hadn’t done that internship, I don’t know if I would be doing what I do now.” What she does now, by the way, is working with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and other industry giants creating trailers and TV spots to promote their films.

Others took the internship opportunity and ran with it. Music Editor Jim Schultz got in the music business through an internship at a Hollywood recording studio. “I interned there for probably about nine months,” he said in his profile. “At first, I did typical recording studio intern duties: cleaning up the studio, going on food runs, setting up microphones… that type of thing. I started taking on more and more responsibilities and the more I did, the more they needed me. Eventually they realized they would have to pay me so it turned into a job.” Once he was hired, he got promoted from operations to engineering and, by the time he left, he had started his career as a music editor.

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Unit Publicist Gregg Brilliant also got his start through his internship. “My last year of school, I interned in the publicity department at Paramount Pictures,” he explained. “From the internship, which I stayed in for a while, I was hired as an assistant to a photo editor. Eventually, I was made a junior publicist.”

Editor Eric McCormick had several internships, but he said, “The most outstanding of [them] was interning at a local news station and its affiliated advertising company. I started with the news station and when I found out they had an ad agency in the same building, I asked to intern for them, too. Both were very hands on. As a news intern, I was on a rotation, which included being a studio camera operator or field camera operator, having control room duties, assisting reporters, and more. I pretty much did everything, as it was a local station, but they served a major city in the New England area. For the ad agency, I was mainly a PA on shoots, but I had the opportunity to score one of the commercials, so it was a marriage of two future passions, filmmaking and film scoring. As it happens, the ad agency was closer to my eventual profession and certainly working at a smaller agency allowed me the luxury to be more involved. No doubt that was instrumental in my career path.”

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President of Film Music and Publishing Mike Knobloch’s main internship came out of a happy accident, when one of his friends was cast in a film shooting on location in Chicago, where he went to school. “I visited her on the set and, through a bizarre twist of conversation, ended up talking to (writer/producer) Nancy Meyers and (writer/director) Charles Shyer and having them ask me what I was doing for the summer. I jokingly said, ‘Why don’t I work for you on this movie?’ They ended up hiring me for an internship which ultimately turned into a PA job.”

Broadcast news executive Antoine Sanfuentes was an anthropology major at American University and convinced his faculty adviser that an internship at NBC News’s DC Bureau would apply to his studies. Not only was he right in that regard, but that internship lead to one job after another within that bureau, eventually leading to the top position, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief, and then a top executive position in the New York Headquarters of the organization.

In each of these cases, the internships provided great experience, introduced these industry professionals to the field they would work in, and provided key experience that would impact their future career path. Some of them led to an introductory job followed by multiple promotions. In the last case, one internship led to 24 years of a remarkable career. Sound good?

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Jenny Yerrick Martin is a veteran entertainment hiring executive with 20+ years in film, television, and music. She created yourindustryinsider.com 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.

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