1. Check eligibility, and register for the Media Internship course.
So you want to get out there, make connections, and gain experience? We like your energy! But first, you must be eligible. Unsure of whether you're eligible? Scroll down to the FAQ titled "Am I Eligible to Intern for Credit?" for more information. Once you have decided that you are eligible, go ahead and enroll! See "How do I register for the course?" for exact course codes.
The course is variable credit, meaning you can register for a certain number of credits based on how many hours per week you work. See "How many credits will I earn for my internship?" below for information on how to calculate credits. You cannot earn more than 6 credits per semester, and only 24 credits total towards your degree.
You may register for fewer credits than the number of hours you expect to work, but you must always work at least the total number of hours required. Don't worry; you can adjust your credit load during the semester. See more details below.
2. Access NYU Brightspace.
Course information is posted on the course site on NYU Brightspace, which you can find through NYU Home. Please be sure to check or forward your NYU email, as all course information will be sent to NYU email addresses ONLY!
3. Research internships.
Students are responsible for finding and applying for their own internships. However, there are quite a few places to start! Here are a few ways to find internship postings:
- Internship listings can be found on College Central, which Tisch's internal job tracking board. Please click "My School's Jobs" and search there for paid & unpaid roles!
- Email blasts are sent approximately once per week with new internship positions to eligible Juniors & Seniors in both UGFTV and Dramatic Writing.
- View opportunities on NYU Handshake, NYU's university-wide job board.
- Visit the websites for companies you're interested in! Sometimes, companies post internships exclusively on the Employment or Careers tabs of their sites.
- Ask classmates for recommendations on where to intern - word of mouth is a great tool!
- Visit other entertainment job tracking boards like entertainmentcareers.net for additional opportunities.
4. Prepare your résumé.
Sample résumés and cover letters are posted on the College Central site, and you can contact TSOA's Office of Career Development for resume & cover letter guides.
Both the Internship Coordinator and the TSOA Office of Career Development are happy to review your resume and cover letter by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with the coordinator, and the TSOA Office of Career Development is located at 726 Broadway, 2nd floor.
Prepare cover letters tailored for 10-12 internships that interest you. Apply via the method indicated in the internship listing. If submitting your application via email, make sure to attach your cover letter & resume as PDFs.
Set up and attend interviews prior to the start of the semester. Try to schedule all of your interviews fairly close together, so that you can quickly make a decision about which internship to accept.
Interviews serve as a way for the company to meet you and evaluate you, and you them. They'll probably ask about your interests and experience, and why you want to work with them. They'll describe the internship in more detail, and ask you if you're still interested in the position. At this point you should ask any questions you might have about the position, indicate if there is something you are particularly interested in learning, and let them know what your availability is for the semester.
If you're offered more than one internship, congratulations! Decide which internship you'd like to accept, and promptly let the other internship[s] know you've accepted another offer but would love to work with them in a future semester. Or, if you have the time, you may work two internships fore credit (just enroll in Media Internship II for the second one).