Monday, January 19, 2015

The Linkedin Question

Do You Even Need It?

Linkedin is a bit confusing. Everyone says you should have one, but the purpose it serves can be a bit confusing. Especially since you are inevitably going to be connecting with your mother. 

LinkedIn is officially meant to replace Business Cards, although it hasn't. It seems to serve the purpose of recruiters and job applicants pretty well. It functions as a job listing site where you can follow specific companies you are interested in, and interested companies can contact you based off your past experience listed on your profile.

However, this affects graduating seniors more than it effects college-age interns. Although you still should get Linkedin - especially senior year - the purpose stagnates during your internship years. Instead of allowing you to learn about Internships (although you have this site for that, tbh), it serves as a fact-checking source for employees to make sure you aren't lying on your resume. Since your Mom and Facebook friends are likely your connections on Linkedin. 

Although you won't use it for much during your interning years, there are several things you can do to ensure your Linkedin makes you look professional, connected, and a prime candidate for getting recruited on Linkedin when you graduate! 

Step 1: Update, Update, Update! 

You should update every single position as soon as you have finished being Trained or have attended Orientation. Do not update before letting other companies know that you have already accepted another internship or position.

On that note, be sure to add accurate and concise descriptions. You can copy them from your resume.

Step 2: Include Everything

Whereas on Resumes you are limited to your most prestigious or relevant experience, Linkedin can list all of your experience. This includes Camp Counselor Positions, random internships in other departments, and on-campus work as a Resident Advisor. 

Step 3: Connect with Speakers, Professors, and HR Managers

After you hear a person speak at your Internship, add them with a nice message about how you loved hearing them speak. This goes ditto with the HR Managers you meet at your internship. During the post-graduation job search, these people will be the best contacts you can possibly have! Professors are also good people to have as they open you up to new connections that wouldn't have accepted a request without a good number of mutual connections - similar to the Facebook friends system. 

On that note, don't add people you don't know or don't have any mutual connections with. LinkedIn shares a lot of personal information and you really don't want that out in the world. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Summer 2015 Internship Applications (ROUND ONE) - CLOSED

The most competitive application season is once again upon us. I urge you not to apply if you have not had work experience or a previous internship. I cannot stress that these internships are very competitive, last year Discovery alone got 15,000 applications. We will be posting more "entry-level" internships in March, I also invite you to look on Entertainment Careers.  

Everything you need to apply is right HERE! This includes resume tips, cover letter advice, interview how-to's, and even housing advice. 

UPDATED: 3/4/15


The Application Deadline for Most Companies: February 28th, 2015.


Check below for Internships in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco (The Bay Area).

  • Casting Interns: (2 per semester)
  • Clips & Clearances Interns: (2 per semester)
  • Control Room Interns: (1 per semester) 
  • Costume & Wardrobe Interns: (3 per semester)
  • Digital Interns: (2 per semester)
  • Music Interns: (1 per semester)
  • Production Interns: (20 per semester)
  • Research Interns: (2 per semester)
  • Script Interns: (2 per semester)
  • Talent Interns: (3 per semester)

New York

Check below for Internships in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. 

Disney/ ABC: Continually updated here on Disney Careers. 

NBCUniversal- East Coast (General App)

NBCUniversal- Operations and Technical Services

CNBC (New Jersey)

HBO- New York

Discovery Communications

Viacom - New York:

  • Animation
  • Business Development
  • Business and Legal Affairs
  • Communications
  • Consumer Products
  • Creative Services
  • Design
  • Development
  • Digital Media
  • Editoral
  • Fiance 
  • Games
  • HR
  • International
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Marketing
  • Music and Talent
  • National Advertising Sales
  • On-Air Graphics
  • Photography
  • Planning and Design
  • Programming
  • Radio
  • Research
  • Special Events
  • Standards and Practices
  • Talent and Casting
  • Tape Library
  • Wardrobe 
  • Wireless

The South

Check below for Internships in Nashville, Miami (FL), Orlando (FL), New Orleans, and Atlanta.

Viacom/ CMT- Nashville

Deadline: Feb 28th, 2015

Washington D.C. 

Check below for Internships in Washington D.C and Virginia.


Check below for Internships in Chicago.

Viacom - Chicago

Ad Sales/Marketing 


Check below for Internships in Connecticut.


NBC Sports

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