Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What Should Be Your Second Internship?

I've been seeing a lot of posts lately that look a bit like this:

MGM is looking for Fall interns for our Creative Department at our office in Beverly Hills, California.
Here is some information about the internship - MGM Studios, Inc. of such films as 22 JUMP STREET, SKYFALL, and THE HOBBIT, is looking for hard-working, motivated students to fill internship positions (unpaid) in the Development department for Feature Film. Interns perform a number of both creative and administrative tasks, such as writing notes, script coverage, and EVP, SVP, and VP desk coverage.
Job Requirements: Must be available two days a week. THIS IS NOT A FIRST INTERNSHIP. PREVIOUS FILM AND/OR TELEVISION INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. MUST BE ABLE TO RECEIVE SCHOOL CREDIT.
Please email resume (subject line: INTERNSHIP) to rroberts@mgm.com
 Now, that is a real position. You may apply if you'd like, but I have a gut feeling this may not be a great internship (see executive desk coverage and all caps).

However, postings like this do bring up an interesting point. A point may of you fresh off summer internships may be wondering yourselves, "what should be my second internship?"

Preferably not one a MGM, I'll tell you that. Unless of course you want an internship in being an assistant.

You're second internship SHOULD be:


  1. At a Larger Company
  2. Usually Paid (exception: summer)
  3. And Be Something that Focuses your Interests More 


For instance, if your first internship was in Feature Film Development, because that's the easier internship to get, you will want your second internship to more adequately reflect your interests. Want to get into Digital Media or Television Development, that should be your next internship. Love Late Night? That should be your next internship.

What your second internship SHOULDN'T be:

  1. A position with the same tasks as your last internship. Espically, if that includes being a stereotypical lackey. If you've covered desks, doing coverage, and orgazing the office- trust me you do not need to do that twice. 
  2. Just a name (i.e. MGN). Yes, recongization is intrumental. But your second internship, and your third for that matter, are all about building connections to multiple companies. Broadening your horizons. Intern programs are great for that and I would urge you to ask about what companies offer their interns. A lack of an internship program is a major red flag.

Don't be bullied into any internship you don't want or feel good about. 

You have experience and you're valuable. You deserve to be paid, treated well, and have an impact. Interview at multiple places and MAKE THE DECISON. You've got the power!

Welcome back second timer. It only get's better for here. 


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