Monday, April 28, 2014

The Housing Hunt: NYC in the Summer

Eeekk. Welcome to the world where Craigslist may have you ending up in the gutter outside. Here's some of the best options for housing in the city that never sleeps.

NYU Housing (Multiple Locations, Downtown Manhattan)
During the summer months, New York University welcomes students and other individuals who are either taking summer classes at NYU or interning in New York to live in our residence halls.
    • Access to athletic facilities
    • Cable Television and Internet services in all rooms
    • Laundry Facilities are in resident halls
    • Rooms are furnished with bed, dresser, desk and desk chair.
    • Pricing: Varies ($175-$381/week)
    • Phone: 212 998 4600
    • Contact:,
    • Website:
    • Subway: Trains vary depending on location but approximately 20 minutes commute time

The New School Housing (Multiple Locations, Downtown Manhattan)
The New School housing offers a safe and convenient home base in New York City for all summer interns and college students, whether affiliated with The New School or with other colleges and universities.
This year, we are able to offer housing in three suite-style residence halls for students doing internships in New York City over the summer: The 20th Street Residence, the Stuyvesant Park Residence, and Loeb Hall. Our 20th Street Residence is in the heart of Chelsea, with art galleries, excellent dining, the High Line, and Hudson River Park all within a few blocks. The Stuyvesant Park Residence and Loeb Hall are both a short walk east of Union Square, a summer evening hangout for young people from all over the city, famous for its Green Market held four days a week.

NYU Poly Housing (Brooklyn Heights)
Summer in New York has never been so convenient. Whether taking summer classes, or just enjoying the season, NYU-Poly on-campus housing is an affordable way to make the most of your summer. Summer housing availability is extended for NYU-Poly students who can take advantage of housing that coordinates in availability with scheduled summer classes.
  • Rooms include twin beds, dressers, desks, wardrobes, shared bathroom, shared living room, and shared kitchen.
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Internet and Cable Access included
  • 24-hour security
  • Pricing: May 31-August 25= $3000 (double room)
  • Phone: 718 260 4160
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Subway: Trains vary depending on location but approximately 20 minutes commute time
Looking for student or internship housing? NYCIntern can help! We offer furnished apartments and residence-style rooms to interns and students living in New York City. Whether you are here for the semester, school year, or summer, NYCIntern offers a safe and reliable place to call home. 
Phone: 212 659 7286

Educational Housing Services
Do you have an internship in New York City? Educational Housing Services offers the safe, quality, all-inclusive housing solution you need to excel at whatever you do. Designed exclusively for students and interns, our accommodations come fully furnished with everything you need, plus all of the extras you want. Free high-speed Internet, gym access, local phone, and TV/cable keep you up to beat, and our fully trained resident life staff keeps you in the know with amazing social events and city excursions every week. Our residences are located in New York City’s best and most convenient neighborhoods, so no matter where you intern, you’ll never have to endure a long commute.  
       Complimentary cable, wifi, and gym access
       24- hour security and key card entrances
       Fully Furnished
       Private Bathrooms
       Air Conditioned
       Laundry Facilities
       Pricing: SUMMER 2013 DATES: June 2, 2013 - August 17, 2013, range around $3800-$6550 for the Summer
       Phone: 1 800 385 1689
Local Big Wig
Self-search tools and Big Wig assistant available to hire to help find summer housing 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Reality of Getting an Internship (In Graph Form)

Courtesy of BuzzFeed. 
The reality of what you’re going to have to do before you get paid:

 When looking at all of the Internship Applications: 

The Things You Need to Get an Internships: 

When applying to Studio internships:

What you will actually do at your internship?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best Small Production Companies (still Hiring for Summer 2014)

Please apply for these if you do not yet have an internship for the summer. I have heard great things. They are either great places to work or have good name recognition.

1. Awesomeness TV- Youtube Content Creators that are gaining more and more recognition. Not to mention they have a great work environment and let you get your hands dirty! You will learn a lot.

2. The Robert Evans Company- On the Paramount Lot (fun!) and they made the Godfather.

3. Maker Studios- Just bought by Disney! Digital Content creators with huge multi-million studio.

4. Imperative Entertainment (formally Blacklight Transmedia), send interest to Hillary. They create movies, comic books, and video games! Used to have a first look deal with Ron Howard. I interviewed here and Hillary is a DOLL! Their intern program is very educational.

5. Beachside Films (affiliate of Big Beach Films) which was responsible for Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed, etc. They even give you$10 a day for lunch, which is super nice of them.

6. Circle of Confusion. The Matrix, Heaven is Real, the Walking Dead, plus I interviewed with them and they were SUPER NICE. They all go to lunch as team. Email to:

7. Intellectual Property Group. They are all super nice as well. Not a production company, but a management and content company, I've heard they are super great to work with. They have an intern desk and everything. I interviewed here as well and they were fantastic. Email interest to Michael:

8. Story Mining & Supply Co. Another multi-platform company, they develop great content.Email interest to Cynthia at

9. Newport Beach Film Festival. Another non-production company, but a really well and respected festival. They are accepting interns for the summer starting May 2nd.

10. Team Todd. If you're about girl power, this film company is owned by two huge female producers. Email here.

Good luck! It's not too late. Keep checking EntertainmentCareers as well.


Here are some pictures from a Spring Intern at Disney ABC Television Group.

When you get an internship, be sure to document it!

The Housing Hunt: LA Edition (Summer Specific)

It can be difficult to find a short-term (most internships run for 3 months) apartment in LA. It can also be DOWNRIGHT impossible if you don't live relatively close to here already. Also, if you didn't know, NO companies in LA (that I know of) provide housing for interns.

Don't worry though! The Hollywood Intern Diaries is here to make it seem just a little bit less stressful. Just scroll to the list that best fits your locale situation.

You Live Here Already/Live Around LA/ Live Within Driving Distance/ You Plan to Stay in a Hotel or Motel Until You Find a Place:
Great! Believe it or not, you have a HUGE advantage in getting housing. Actually going to the place gives you the opportunity to show your interest, sign a lease, and allows you to get housing secured (not to mention you will know exactly what you're getting into.)

Your best bet is finding housing on Craigslist under the "Temporary/ Sublease" tab. I would start looking for housing YESTERDAY. Also, try Santa Monica College's Housing Website for some apartment listings by students for the summer. Budget for $700-1,400 depending on location if you don't have a roommate.

-NEIGHBORHOODS to Focus On: Westwood (UCLA), USC, Santa Monica. These are around college campuses and will likely offer a discounted price if you sublet from their residents heading home for the summer.

Since affordable housing is SO IN-DEMAND in LA, many people will be looking for the same summer apartment you are. My best tip is when you like a place, ask to sign papers then and there! It will save you another trip, get all your ducks in a row, and you get the place! So just grit your teeth and lay down the deposit on the first viewing.
Also, teaming up with a roommate will also help the process as many subleases need multiple people or you could split the rent and share a room with a friend.
Finally, ALWAYS RENT IT FURNISHED- unless you already have furniture. An ikea bed alone can set you back over a $1000 dollars.

Money is NO OBJECT/ Your parent's are paying/ You got an awesome Full Time Paid Internship (good for you!)/ You don't live around LA or don't want to deal with Craigslist: 
I'm very jealous, by the way. But good for you! Here's some easy and more expensive housing options.

Short-Term Rentals, Extended Stay Hotels, and Corporate Housing places are your friend! These are more expensive options (usually about $2,000 a month, some are less depending on location) but they allow you to lease the apartment for three months over the phone/internet. You don't need to see the place in person. They are furnished, no middle man (current tenet), and they often allow pets.

Here's the best website I can give you, it's for Equity Apartments.

Tips: Pick one nearest to your internship, traffic can be a bitch in LA. Roommates will cut the cost in half! So consider getting one even if your parent is Jay Gatsby. You have to eat too!

You are coming from out of town and can't afford 2,000 a month in Rent:
I am so sorry, this will be a very stressful process for you. But New York, LA is not. And there is options for you!

- Loriff. This is a great resource I stumbled on some time ago. They offer shared housing for "artists" and "hollywood interns" that is way better than staying a hostel, most of the people are from out of town as well. They include everything in their cost ($550 a month) including sheets. The lease is also month by month and if you find somewhere better you can move! Great first month option if you're not sure about staying the whole time. You fill out the application on their website and you can get a spot without going there! They have multiple locations close to all the major studios. Here's the website.

-Motel Route: Or you can pay about $238 dollars a week in a Motel until you can find someplace better. I've had many friends who have gone this route and have moved in with friends at our internship or who signed a lease on an apartment- planning to stay in LA after the internship is over. This would be the best time to start contacting craigslist, as you'll be in the area and can say "I can come tomorrow."

1. Never settle. If you feel unsafe, DO NOT RENT THE APARTMENT. Some parts of LA can be very sketchy at night, and so can roommates you don't know. Check the place out and use your own judgement. Also, I would recommend taking a friend when you look at places.

2. Know your price range. Don't message people with $1,300 apartments if you can only afford $800. That perfect $800 apartment is on craigslist, you just need to find it.

3. Parking. Always ask about parking. LA is a car city and it can be difficult. Street parking may be the bane of your existence so ask if you can purchase a parking spot in the complex. Be sure to factor that in to your monthly rent cost.

4. Jump the gun. Keep messaging them, let them know you want this apartment more than anything, don't take "I'll get back to you" as an answer. Go the place, sign the papers, put down the deposit, and get the apartment.

5. Avoid Hollywood. Stick to the more income-friendly student neighborhoods: Los Felix, Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, Korea Town, Westwood, and select areas of USC.

Good luck!

All My Friends Are Employed

Just a little preview of what being an Intern or a PA in Hollywood entails...

Courtesy of All My Friends Are Employed.

This is what dreams are made of.

© No Experience Required Maira Gall.