Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Can You Live in LA on an Intern's Salary?

Let's talk about pay. I know, I know, you are all very excited to find out how much these internships pay. After all, it's kind of a big deal. But can you live off the salary? 

I know many of you are out of state and will move to the LA area for the duration of your internship. But will be able to afford the move, food, and shelter during your stay? The quick answer, probably not. And here's why. 

Intern salaries in the industry range from $9 and hour, Cali minimum wage, to $20 (Disney Imagineering). Generally internships pay $10 an hour at companies like Viacom and Sony. Of course, tax will take about 10% of your salary. On average you will make about $200-something a week. Don't forget that you will not get paid for a week or two after you start your internships!

During the Fall/Spring semesters, your hours will range from 10-24 hours a week (part time). Although some internships are full-time. In the Summer semester, you will be expected to work full-time anywhere from 24-40 hours a week. 

Rent in LA, while better than San Fran and New York, is NOT cheap. We are the home of luxury apartment complexes. It's actually a huge problem. You can get more info about finding affordable internship housing here.  

Generally, Studio apartments cost about $1300 a month. And if you can find multi-room apartments with roommates, it will likely be about $800 a month. Groceries are about $30-50 dollars a week. If you eat out most days your lunch is about $30 a week. Throw business clothing on top of that, gas, parking (yes, you do often have to pay for parking in LA), going out, drinks, and midnight Krispy Kreme donut runs. 

The fact of the matter is...unless you have a very strict budget and adhere to it, you are going to need some financial assistance to have a paid internship in LA. I'm very very sorry. However, good news! You will likley only need a stipend of $200-400 a month. And, if you are likley enough to score a full-time internship at one of the best paying companies (Disney/ABC), you will likley be able to afford it all your self!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Blacklist Is Real! 10 Ways You Can Lose Out on Future Internships

Yes, the Cold War has ended. The US government's communist blacklist is no more. In fact, the industry welcomes any political and religious beliefs- especially if they turn themselves into a Million Dollar Screenplay.

However, there is still a Blacklist. These blacklists are not industry-wide and not on Wikipedia, but instead in the databases of HR at Hollywood's biggest studios and intern programs. The most notorious for these Blacklist documentation are Disney/ABC, NBCUniversal, Viacom/MTV.

The Application Databases 

To understand these blacklists we must first look at the application process for internships at these three major companies. First you apply on an online portal,  all relevant information. When the HR department logs on to their database, they can see all of the applications you ever submitted to the company, the results of these applications, interview notes, etc. They also can search the entire database or listing for applicants of a particular major, University, GPA, previous intern experience (often a box for that- always click it), and other relevant applicant information. This is how they choose which candidates to interview due to time constraints. Before you get mad that they may not be looking at your application, the HR departments are filling over 150 positions and receive about 15,000 applications each season. It is often times they only have a 2-4 person team focused on just internships.

These databases also list how far you got in the process if you applied to this company before. For instance if you got a phone interview, an in-person interview, accepted the position, or denied the position. All interviews are required to submit notes about the person they interview which will be on your record in that company FOREVER.

Yes, forever. Officially Disney/ABC says they disregard applications after 6 months (2 internship seasons). However, the database really is forever and nothing is ever deleted. HR is allowed to use their discretion to look up past interview notes, etc.

But where does the Blacklist come in? Glad you asked. These notes can effectively blacklist you from future internships or even employment at these companies.

Here's 10 Ways to Get "Annotated" on these Companies Databases: 

1. Terrible Social Media Profiles. I'm talking drinking, weed, talking about killing, or WORSE talking bad about your past internships or job/boss. If you want to know if your Facebook is killing your hopes of an awesome internship, check out my post on the matter here. 

2. Breaking Confidentiality at a Past Internship. Most of these companies have confidentiality agreements, so you should keep what you did at past internships under wraps. Don't be talking about that time you got Beef Jerky for Speilberg or Nick Jonas being cast in a film on Facebook.

3. Not Answering the Phone. If an HR rep calls and you do not return the call (within 2-4 days) for whatever reason, the HR rep takes it as you are no longer interested in the position. Ditto for emails. Answer those as SOON AS POSSIBLE.

4. Not Being Available for an Interview: HR reps are reasonable, they know you are in school and you are a busy person. However, if they give you a time or a place for an interview- you should make yourself free. If you blow off HR, much like a first date, they won't ask again.

5. Not Showing Up to An Interview: They have made the time in their busy day to see you. Not showing up to an interview is a terrible thing to do. There will not be a second chance. Email/Call if you are going to be even 5 mins late- and make sure you have a good excuse like a death in the family or your car breaking down on the 5.

6. Rudeness. If you seem like a terrible person during any interview, the notes will likely say they don't want to work with you. You will likely not get an interview again.

7. A Bad Reference (even an unintentional one). In the final stages of this process, they will go over every bit of your application. They may even call your references or worse, one of your past internships. You may forget that everyone in Hollywood knows everyone, or at the very least they can look up your supervisor on IMBD Pro. If your supervisor didn't particularly like you or says you slacked off, kiss that internship good bye.

8. Lying About Work History. This is a big one. Don't lie! With Linkenin, Facebook, Twitter, and High School's Graduation Press Releases, it is very easy to tell when someone is lying about their age, work experience, etc. For instance, I had a college freshman say he had interned at NBC. Hint: They only allow Juniors and Seniors to intern at NBC.

9. Calling The HR Department Repetitively To Check the Status Of Your Application. It's annoying. They are busy and will notify you if they want to move forward with the application process.

10. Backing Out After Accepting An Offer. Now this is the worest thing you can do. After you accept an internship they begin filling out tedious employment paperwork. If you back out, it destroys your rep with the HR department. So once you get an internship think hard and long about back out on that internship even if a better internship comes along. I'll be positing about this in the comming weeks.

Go forth and don't be blacklisted!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Think Internships Are Only in LA? This Infographic Will Change Your Mind.

There's a common mistake that internships are only in Hollywood. I mean, after all, this blog is named the "Hollywood Intern Diaries" not the "Everywhere Intern Diaries." Even on this blog we tend to focus on the LA Area and maybe throw in some NYC internships when we get the chance (sorry Tisch!).

But internships really are everywhere! In this post we will teach you how to find an internship no matter where you live! 


In the US there are the 8 Big Cities for Entertainment (not including Radio, sorry Philly). Each with their own specialities, studios, production companies, news outlets, theaters, and other centers of entertainment.  Let's go over them all briefly:

  • LA- Film and Television Development. Popular Music. Digital Media Production. Sales. Studios. Award Shows.
  • NEW YORK- Film and Television Production. Daytime Television Development/Production. News. Theatre. Publicity. 
  • CHICAGO- AD Sales, Marketing
  • MIAMI- Latina audience TV Development and Production. 
  • NASHVILLE- Country Music. Country TV Development (CMT). Award Shows. Some Production.
  • SAN FRAN- Animation. Tech. Digital Media Production.
  • WASHINGTON DC- News. Documentary Development/Production.
  • ATLANTA- Television Production. News. 

Don't Live In These Cities? 

Don't despair! 

In almost every small town there is a local radio station, a broadcast news station (production or producer internship), a theatre (publicity internship, technical internship, costume internship), and a local paper or magazine (writing internship). These internships are great to jump start your career and will help you get an internship in one of these cities during the summer! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Best Twitter You Will Ever Follow

The Hollywood Intern Diaries now has a twitter!

Sorry for the sensational headline. However, it may be the best twitter you ever follow if it gets you your dream internship!

We post internship listings, internship season updates, retweets of intern related news, and other random things. Might be worth a follow: @THInternDiaries

We also do more or less the same thing on our company Facebook page: The Hollywood Intern Diaries.

More of a photographic mind? You hate our website since it has so many of those pesky words. Hate no longer! We have one of those instagrams...which are mostly photos of our Creator showing what she wears to work + resume examples. Although cool things are likley going to be on there eventually. It's a week old after all. Plus who doesn't love fashion. Again, the page name is...drum roll please...thehollywoodinterndiaries

If you haven't already, put your little old email address in the sidebar box so you can be notified when we post. You never want to be that person that misses an application date- espically with Fall internship application season already in session!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Do You Have Grounds to Sue? The Legality of Unpaid Internships

In response to the recent LA Times article: "Interns Remain Unpaid at Lionsgate despite Lawsuits elsewhere."

As someone who is personally invested in your career success, I would never recommend suing your former boss- no mater how many times you had to go to Trader Joes and get them lunch.

The Blacklist may have officially gone out with the Communist Soviet Union, but if your name ends up on Deadline you could get a cool million and never work in this industry again.

On the other hand, misguided and lawyer equipped former interns like the ones that sued Fox last year are CHANGING the industry one studio/ production company/ and major scandal at a time.

Lionsgate remains one of THE ONLY major studios to offer only unpaid internships. ABC, NBC, CBS, SONY, VIACOM, FOX, Paramount have all switched to paid internships programs in the past couple years to avoid lawsuits like the one FOX faced last year. Lawsuits like these are extremely costly in legal fees, often have multiple appeals, last years, and are a PR disaster.

The influx of paid internship programs is both good and bad if you are searching for an internship at one of these companies.

The GOOD: You will be getting paid (yay Money!), have tasks that are more similar to actual employees, be instrumental to the business, be treated to more fleshed out internship programs, and create more valuable connections.

The BAD: These more valuable connections are because there are LESS internships. There are simply less internships at these companies then there was five years ago-  30-50% less. Departments that once employed 4-6 interns now employ 1-2.

If you have an unpaid internships, is it even legal? 

The following 6 Legal Criteria for Unpaid Internships was released by the Department of Labor in April 2010.
  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

The Case for College Credit 

Now, many internships attempt to circumvent legal action by offering college credit (that you often need to pay for, especially during Summer).

They do this under the impression that "the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern", since they are receiving credit for their internship. It also circumvents the "training" and "educational aspect" of the whole shebang. College credit also illustrates an understanding that the intern is not entitled to wages for their time and is not entitled to a job at the end of the internship. 

However, here's why you could theoretically still sue. The place where these for college credit internship fall apart is the third and forth criteria. In the entertainment industry, the employer ALMOST ALWAYS derives immediate advantage from the activities of the intern. This is likely why I give Lionsgate a year until they transition into paid internships. You hear that Lionsgate, one year! Coverage, Lunch duty, and other office tasks are typical intern tasks. What do these tasks have in common? They give the employer immediate advantage, especially as they bite into that juicy salad (or hamburger if you're in New York). Also, these tasks displace regular employees like receptionists, script readers, and other entry-level jobs. 

Speaking of Entry-level jobs...

There are less of them as paid interns become more and more common. 

So that's fun!
At least we're mostly interns for now. 

One year Lionsgate....one year. 

What do you think? Paid internships or unpaid internships? Does the immediate cash value outweigh the possible long term consequences to your career? 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How To Dress Business Casual While Still Paying Rent

Rounding out The Hollywood Intern Diaries' First Annual Unintential Fashion Week, we have a response to a twitter comment on our previous post "Before Your First Day: Business Casual for Hollywood Interns." 

The gist of the comment was 'you're awesome, your blog is awesome, BUT how do you except me to afford your Pinterest inspirations.' 

The truth is...you can't. But don't worry! The Hollywood Intern Diaries are here to help!

I'm going to introduce you to couple stores I would like to call...the motherlode. As in, you can find everything you need for a Business Casual lifestyle (and really any well-dressed lifestyle you may lead) in one afternoon at these stores. WHAT ARE THESE STORES?

Patience my dear fashion fellow.

The Instagram Challenge

This week I decided to showcase actual fashions that I actually wear to my Hollywood Internship (and that I bought on my internship salaries). Please ignore my weird posture and overal blurerness- I am not a professional model...just a professional intern.

OUTFIT #1: Bright Blue Pants On Sale from The Gap (remember what I told you about risks!), Kate Spade Bag from Kate Spade Outlet Store Black Friday Sale, Black Blouse from Nordstrom Rack (it's sheer in the back, but you can't tell with the cardigan), Black cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Bib Necklace from Forever 21, Ballet Flats from Nordstrom Rack, Alex and Ani Bangles from Nordstrom

Estimated Cost (not including the Kate Spade Bag since I wear it every day): Less than $110.
Whoa that's a lot! Wait...but can't I just mix and max all those pieces every day? Yes! Now you're getting it!

OUTFIT #2: Dress from Target, Green Belt from Target, Black Cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Heels from Target, Bib Necklace from Forever 21, Kate Spade Bag, Alex and Ani Bangles

Estimated Cost (not including the Kate Spade Bag since I wear it every day): $60

OUTFIT #3: Dress from Anthropologie (Birthday gift card! Cheaper alternatives on Sale rack, Target, and Nordstrom Rack), Black Cardigan from Nordstrom Rack, Ballet Flats from Nordstrom Rack, Tights from Target

I also am just realizing I wore my black cardigan three times this week (Less than $30 from Nordstrom Rack). You might want to invest in one of these.

The Best Stores to Get Great Deals for Business Casual

Accessories: Forever 21, Nordstrom, Target

Dresses: Nordstrom Rack,  Urban Outfitters (Sale), Anthropolgie (Sale), Target

Blouses: Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshalls

Pants: The Gap, Delias, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack

Shoes: Nordstrom Rack, Payless, Nine West (Annual Sales!)

Bags: Target, TJ Maxx, Sales Sales Sales!

So...in conclusion. Target, TJ Maxx, Marshals, The Gap, Forever 21 will provide you with the best deals, the most lasting quality clothing, and the most professional outfits all on an interns salary (roughtly $200 dollars a week). 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thanks for 6 Months!

When I first started The Hollywood Intern Diaries six months ago, it was just to help people get internships worth their while and maybe share a couple resume tips. 

Now it's a website with a rapidly growing monthly viewership, featured ininternship guides at most of the top film schools, and actually having a track record of helping people! The Hollywood Intern Diaries is constanly evolving with guest posts, fashion posts (god-forbid!), all sorts of social media, and tips to not only get Hollywood Internships but make the most of them.

 None of this would have been possible without your support, thank you all so much! May the next six months be just as great! 

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ever Wonder When You Need To Submit Your Internship Apps By? Wonder No More with this Handy Chart!

This applies to all major internship programs including Disney, ABC, CBS, Sony, Lionsgate, Viacom, MTV, Showtime, A&E, Discovery Communications, etc. 

Beware of the 10 Red Flags for Fake "Development Internships"

Arguably the most common entertainment internship is the Development internship. Ideally, interns work in the development department at a Studio/Production Company and learn about the process in which films/tv shows are aquired and put through PreProduction. Normal development tasks should include sitting in on meetings, writing coverage, creating casting wish lists, and writing treatments/ loglines. These tasks give you marketable skills, allow you to understand the process, and allow you to network with other employees.

However, this is not always the case with Development Internships. In recent years there has been a steady rise in "Development Internships" being listed on Entertainment Careers that aren't development internships at all. These internships are best described as "assistants-in-training" and are most common at smaller-level production companies centered around a "star". They often involved numerous runs and I'm not just talking about the midmorning Starbucks run. They are always unpaid, interns often are more numerous than actual employees, and they might not even be in an actual office (some based in the back of the star's house).

These companies post their internships after the end of the "internship application season". They prey on first-time interns and those that missed the major deadlines at other companies.

In case you were not aware, the internship application seasons are as followed:
Fall: May-August 15th
Spring: September- October 30th
Summer: December- Feburary 28th

These internships, while giving you a name on your resume, are not worth your time or the money you spend commuting to their "office". While smaller production companies are essential for major studio internships, their are a THOUSAND other production companies that will treat you better and allow you a better experience.

10 Red Flags for Fake "Development Internships" 

1. Posted on Entertainment Careers After the Typical Application Season: This means they care little about their interns and do not seek "the best of the best." They also are likely not well-connected with studios and unfamilar with current state requirements for Interns. 

2. No Lunch Break. CA law requires a 30-min lunch break for 6 hours of work. If this is not the case, they are breaking the law!

3. Unpaid and Do Not Offer a Letter of Recommendation or College Credit. CA law also requires interns to be paid or recive college credit. Again, if they do not, they are breaking the law! Why do you think there has been so many suits for backend wages at companies like this one.

4. Interns out number actual paid employees. How do you think that's going to help with networking?

5. Runs. Runs. All the Runs! Hint: If you are picking up mail, drycleaning, and driving all around town to get the perfect beef jerky- that's not okay. 

6. Any Personal Tasks: Such as driving the CEO's girlfriend to a date. 

7. Centered around a "Star" (i.e. a famous producer, actress, writer)

8. Small. Small. Small. Less than 10 people is a no go Ghost Rider. 

9. Hostile Work Environment or Supervisor. 

10. No real "office." The company is based in the back of a house or 7-Eleven or something. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Orange is the New Black is the Exception: The Intern Gap in the Entertainment Industry Everyone Should Be Talking About

Orange is the New Black is no doubt a huge step in equality for woman in Film. The Netflix Original Series employs female in key positions as executive producers, casting directors, costume designers, stunt coordinators, and assistant directors. However, despite this relatively gender-equal crew, Orange Is The New Black is only one series of hundred that are produced every year with little female involvement.
Why is this important? The industry has changed, no longer is every set or studio an exclusive man’s world. However the one to three “token” women on every set have been relegated to the roles that cater to traditional woman roles such as the costume, makeup, hair, and art departments.

 Every year the number of women in the Entertainment Industry grows, mostly due to the increase of female PA’s and interns.  The most notable internship programs at the major studios attempt to employ an equal number of females and males- sometimes even more females than males! However, even with these giant conglomerate diversity initiatives, most females find internships within development (assistant training), broadcast news, and new digital media. Whereas coveted production management, production, legal, and business/corporate internships often land in male interns laps.

The rise of Digital Media in the last 10 years has provided more opportunities for women to hold key creative roles, executive positions within and outside of the studio system, and has a higher ratio of females to males than any other department in the industry. However, this all changes in the PRODUCTION of digital media content as most Network Digital Media studios are controlled by male department heads. These male department heads hire male editors, male cinematographers, and male directors. Women have emerged on YouTube as creative content creators, but they are often assisted by male camera-men and editors. Again, even in this new industry, women are shut out of traditional production roles.

It’s not just production. At every ladder in the entertainment food chain, women are less and less represented. That relatively equal level at the intern stage, disappears during entry-level employment. Males begin to dominate in management positions and women hold very little VP and CEO titles, even in digital media. Don’t think Netflix is exempt because they created a feminist-friendly show, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Netflix has only one high-level  female executive (the Chief Talent Officer, Tawni Cranz) and one female member of the board. They even included a past member of the board on their website page in order to fool causal viewers that they have a higher amount of female officers than they have. Check it out here.

Likewise, Marker Studios (yes, the one that just closed a billion dollar deal with Disney) only have two female executives- one of which was a co-founder!

Things are changing. Women are moving up the chain and studio system both in New Media and traditional entertainment. However, they are doing so slowly- barley scratching the surface of Production departments. Women have excelled as creators and producers in recent years- and the world has taken notice…just think of the buzz ORANGE is getting this weekend.  But the male dominated CEO seats and technical trades are unwilling to give up their positions just yet, leading to stagnant jobs for many ambitious females in the film industry.  Things are not changing fast enough.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is groundbreaking for its portrayal of women, female cast, and the inclusion of women in key production positions. But it is the exception to the rule, not a revolution. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Before Your First Day: Business Casual for Hollywood Interns

What is Business Causal? 

It is a question that interns have been asking themselves for generations. Wondering what to wear on your first day? To intern orientation? Well I can’t help you.  Okay…maybe that’s not entirely true. Every company has their own culture and hence their own dress code. The majority of Entertainment Companies employ a business casual dress code. However in some companies, such as ABC, this means nice jeans and a blouse. Meanwhile, at Discovery Communications, jeans are banned for interns. A nice dress and cardigan there goes a long way.

There are three types of “Business Causal” Workplaces:

1.Jean Friendly: Most production companies, ABC, Development offices, and Digital companies fall into this category. At these workplaces a nice pair of jeans (no rips!), a blouse (try Nordstrom Rack for some great ones), an optional cardigan, some accessories, and a pair of ballet flats, will cut it.

2. The Agencies: The agencies like to say they are business causal. THEY AREN’T. DON’T BE FOOLED. Brush off your suit and get some designer accessories. I would also suggest getting some nude heels.

3. The Standard Business Causal: Discovery Communications, most major studios, any Business/Legal department internships. This is perhaps the most confusing. Where’s the line between business and business casual? Why is this so hard! Well below, I’ll give you examples and everything you need (and most likely already have) to knock this wardrobe thing out of the park.

The Wardrobe Pieces You’ll Need (and probably already have) for a Business Causal Dress Code:

1.Black Pants
2.Colored Pants or Khakis

3.Slightly-Above-The-Knee Black Skirt
4.Slightly-Above-The-Knee  Patterned Skirts

5.Slightly-Above-The-Knee Dresses (Patterns okay!)

6.Nice Blouses


9.Pairs of Ballet Flats

10.Pairs of Comfortable Heels

11.Accessories: Scarf, Bib Necklaces, Bangles, Thin Colored Belts

Things to Keep In Mind While Planning Your Outfit:

1.FASHION CITIES: Hollywood/New York/ and most cities with Production Companies are fashionable. It’s just a fact of life. I’m not saying you need to spend a bunch of money following the trends! Don’t do that! If anything this gives you the freedom to wear bold colors, patterned skirts, and cool fun accessories.

2.DESIGNER BRANDS: Since these cities are so fashionable, Designer labels are appreciated. In fact, I would go so far to say you should have one ‘designer’ piece on at all times. I know…you’re freaking out right now. Don’t! Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and Marshals are great places to get low-price designer outfits. They have especially great blouses and ballet flats for work. Also, trendy bangles (cost about $20-30) are a great way to glam up your outfit.

3.SAFE THAN SORRY: If you are unsure about if something is appropriate, don’t wear it. Hint: It shouldn’t be something you wore this weekend to a party. Or something that shows cleavage, your legs, or is see through.

4.DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT: You will often be the best dressed person in the office. Your boss might show up in ripped jeans and a t-shirt. But do not follow his lead! ‘Dress for the Job You Want’ is advice I have been given many times. I don’t mean show up in a suit! Just take pride in your appearance and your work. It will pay off in the recommendation letter. Trust me.

5.IRON: For the love of god, buy a $15 iron from Target and use it. Wrinkled clothes are very unprofessional!

Have a Production internship? Click here to find out about your very different dress code. 

Best of luck with your Summer Orientations and First Weeks!

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Before You Step On Set: What to Wear for Production Internships

WAIT! What about PRODUCTION INTERNSHIPS? What do I wear???

Don’t worry!

Most production internship require you to be on set, wear jeans (yes! Wear jeans), wear boots or tennis shoes, and have little or no accessories.

I’ve included some examples below, but you will usually be okay with a plain non-reveling t-shirt, jeans, boots, and maybe one necklace.

Just remember! These clothes could get dirty, caught on something, or ruined. So make sure they aren’t new or beloved.

Best of luck with your Summer Orientations and First Weeks!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Discovery Accepted Less than 1% of Applicants for Summer Internships, The Lowest Number Ever!

Don't feel bad if you didn't manage to secure an internship at one of the major studio internship programs this summer!

According to HR at Discovery, there was over 15,000 applicants for less than 150 positions. That is a less than 1% acceptance rate. In comparison, Harvard University has a 5.9% acceptance rate.

Hollywood Intern Diaries assumes that other top internship programs such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, and Sony have similar applicant pools. This means that this past internship season saw a record-breaking number of applicants. This comes at a time when paid internships are increasing, but the number of internships offered in the industry are decreasing.

Ways to Improve Your Application: 
1. Attend a notable Film School or Academically Renowned University (Brown, Yale, Duke, etc.)
2. Gain previous Internship Experience at a Small Production Company or Local Affiliate
3. Create a Creative Resume and Matching Website
4. Apply to less comeptive postions in Digital Media, Publicity, or Business Affairs
5. Apply to more than one program
6. Be willing to relocate (most have offices around the United States)
7. Apply for Fall or Spring Sessions- These are generally less competative. Fall applications are open now!

© No Experience Required Maira Gall.