Lauren Lorenzo (@LaurenLorenzo3) recently finished up an internship with MTV. Along with great experience, she got a few brushes with celebrity. What more could you ask for from an internship?
Okay, okay…my internship wasn’t exactly with Justin Bieber. But I did have a sighting!
I got lucky enough to get an MTV internship in NYC. The MTV Networks office is right in Times Square, so it’s an exciting location and I saw tons of cool people. One time I rode the elevator with Snooki! I’ve also seen Sway quite a few times in the cafeteria.
Another time Justin Bieber was there waving at fans on the streets. There were hundreds of screaming girls flooding the sidewalks looking up at him — I literally felt the floor shaking at one point! Those girls would have shown no mercy to get into the building.
You would think the police would be focusing on keeping the crowd under control. That’s what I thought until I saw one of them take a picture of Justin with their cell phone & say to another cop, “Hey I got Justin Bieber as my background.” Then the two grown men giggled as these hundreds of girls were almost rioting behind them …
So yes, the internship with MTV was a great experience — I recommend anyone apply! I actually applied twice before they finally accepted me, but I didn’t let the rejections get me down. Instead, I just used that time to improve my resume until it was finally good enough to get me an interview. So I’d recommend making sure professionals help you format your resume correctly. A properly formatted resume and a passionate cover letter that has to do with the position you are applying for are key to getting your foot in the door.
When I finally got to the interview, I was SO nervous that I would forget to shake someone’s hand or would say “um” too many times. While those are important, I’ve realized what mostly matters is to show them you are capable–bring some kind of reel or portfolio. Show them you are passionate, make them remember you, and be friendly. And of course dress to impress!
I recently applied for an internship with Nickelodeon Studios in Cali for the summer. My life goal is to create/direct an animated series called Kate & Kit on Nickelodeon. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to make my dream come true by getting connections and experience at these internships! That’s what they’re all about, right?!
Good luck with the Nickelodeon internship, Lauren! And tell Justin and Snooki we say hey…