"How do I get an MTV internship?" It's a popular question for budding music biz workers with their sights on a career either behind the scenes at MTV or in front of the cameras. Competition is fierce for MTV internships, as well for as internships at their sister music networks VH1 and CMT, but the prize is well worth it - hands on experience at a major music industry company and contacts galore. There are a number of different MTV internship opportunities, many with rolling application deadlines, so there is no time like the present to go after your dream music industry internship. Here is how to apply for an MTV internship.
Visit the MTV Networks Careers Site
The MTV Network Careers website (bookmark it here) is destination number one for information about current MTV internship opportunities and internship opportunities at all of MTV Network's channels. This information changes frequently, so consider subscribing to the RSS feed so you never miss breaking internship news.
Select an Internship
MTV internships are available in a variety of different locations at a variety of different times throughout the year. On the internship information page, you can read up about the different opportunities to see which one suits you in terms of timing and location. Note that there are typically several internship opportunities in different fields at a single location. For instance, within one location, there may be one internship with the legal department, another with the creative team, and so on. Be clear about which kind of experience you are looking for. "I just want to do anything to work at MTV" is not the kind of answer that is going to win you an internship slot, so explore the opportunities in depth and understand what you want to get out of them before selecting your fit.
Make Sure You Meet the Requirements
Typically, you need to be enrolled in a degree seeking academic program at a minimum. Some internships require that you be enrolled in a specific major or have a specific kind of experience. You will be asked for proof of your academic record, so no fudging the facts here.
Prepare Your Resume
Here is your chance to sell yourself. Although not having any music industry work experience isn't a deal breaker, if you do have some hands on music work, by all means, play it up here. About.com Guide to Internships Penny Loretto has some excellent advice on preparing an internship specific resume here.
Apply for MTV Internship
Yes, it is time to submit that application. You should apply for the specific internship you are after via the link on the MTV Network's website. You will be asked to complete and application and submit your resume at a minimum. Certain positions may require recommendations and additional information - simply respond to all of the prompts thoroughly.
Check with Your College's Internship Office
If you're thinking, "what internship office?," ask your academic adviser for help. MTV frequently has internship drives on college campuses, so you may find they are even scheduled to swing by your school. You can also find about MTV campus visits on the MTV Network's Career page.
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