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Summer Internships at Major Production Companies

As January comes into full swing, it is time for the always stressful summer internship applications! Especially for creatives, this time of year reminds us how competitive and difficult it is to get our feet in the door and gain an internship that will propel our career after college. It can be daunting to apply to big companies like WarnerMedia and Walt Disney Studios. Take it from someone who’s applied to over 70 internships at these and other major companies; it just takes some close reading and advice! This article will give you the rundown of each company and some tips for the application process. Make sure to read to the end to find some internship opportunities at these companies.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Basics

  1. It is unclear whether the summer internship program will be remote or in person.
  2. There are currently only six internship programs available, all of which focus heavily on animation development.
  3. Only one does not require a portfolio with specific requirements.
  4. Disney’s entities, such as Pixar, have their own websites, and sometimes you will be redirected back to Disney Careers’ main page.
  5. Studio Internships will be going up in the future, giving you even more opportunities to apply to work for the mouse.

Tips for this Company:

  1. Read closely what should be included in your portfolio and eligibility requirements, as both are very specific.
  2. To enhance your application and touch upon specific experiences and skills you have, include a cover letter. (Even though it’s not required).
  3. If you don’t think you’re perfect for the position, apply anyway! You never know what will happen.
  4. Keep checking the Internship Program website to see when more are posted.

The application deadline for these internships is January 29th!

NBCUniversal

The Basics

  1. There are only eight available internship programs, each focusing on a different company entity (Peacock, MSNBC, etc.)
  2. The types of internships vary from marketing to production to corporate experiences, so everyone has something.
  3. All of these opportunities are remote.
  4. There are no portfolios necessary for these applications, but there is a place to link one if you believe it will be helpful. (I think you should always include it regardless.)
  5. DreamWorks, an entity of NBCUniversal, will be posting internships in mid-February. They have their own website, but you can also check the NBCUniversal website for updates.

Tips for this Company

  1. To enhance your application and touch upon specific experiences and skills you have, include a cover letter. (Even though it’s not required).
  2. Since the company is already reviewing applications, consistently check your dashboard for updates so you can respond quickly if you’re offered an interview.
  3. If you don’t think you’re perfect for the position, apply anyway! You never know what will happen.

This company is already reviewing applications, so apply quickly!

ViacomCBS

The Basics

  1. There are several different websites for internship programs, all of which require a different account. You can find each website here, here, and here.
  2. ViacomCBS consists of many entities, and there are so many unique internships that branch STEM and creative fields.
  3. The confirmation emails do not have links to the pages needed, and once logged in, it’s hard to tell what your application status is.
  4. Nickelodeon internships require a cover letter, but the rest are optional.
  5. It is unclear whether these internships will be in-person or remote, but there are questions regarding working remotely on the application.

Tips for this Company

  1. Once you find each page, save them into your favorites so you can easily access them.
  2. To enhance your application and touch upon specific experiences and skills you have, include a cover letter and personalize it to the internship you’re applying for (Even though it’s not always required).
  3. If you don’t think you’re perfect for the position, apply anyway! You never know what will happen.

Applications are rolling, so apply as early as possible!

WarnerMedia

The Basics

  1. All of the internships are on one website that requires just one account.
  2. Instead of internship programs, WarnerMedia has individual internship positions that appear to be filled by one or very few people; this makes it significantly more competitive.
  3. All internship positions are officially remote.
  4. They are continually updating their internship list, and there is a large variety that also transcends all different fields, from engineering to legal to creative.

Tips for this Company

  1. To enhance your application and touch upon specific experiences and skills you have, include a cover letter and personalize it to the internship you’re applying for (Even though it’s not always required).
  2. If you don’t think you’re perfect for the position, apply anyway! You never know what will happen.
  3. Since deadlines are unknown and applications might be rolling, consistently check your dashboard for updates so you can respond quickly if you’re offered an interview.
  4. Keep checking the website to catch any new postings!

Applications appear to be rolling, so apply as early as possible!

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:

ViacomCBS:

WarnerMedia:

NBCUniversal:

Walt Disney Animation Studios:

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