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!

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