Everything You Need to Know About a TV Biz Internship

This article from a blog by LB’s alma mater, Northwestern University, is one of the best intros to working in showbiz – specifically in a writers room – we’ve ever seen. Sit down, relax, and open your brain to:

Adventures Of An EPICS Intern: ‘Exposure’ A Snapshot Of A Television Academy Intern
by Cat Davidson

There is not just one word to describe my experience this summer. But if I was forced (kicking and screaming) to shove it all into one word, I would say: Cat-Davidson-TV-AcademyExposure! Like a camera opening it’s lens to the world, I have been fortunate enough to capture an amazing picture of what it is like to work for a successful television show!

But let’s take it back, just a month or two before I knew I was to snap that image. It was not too long ago that I was sitting in front of my computer, gazing at my email, hoping that one of the 10 to 15 internships I had applied for responded back with positive news. When I received the call from the Television Academy Foundation, I was ecstatic, jumping up an down in the middle of the street. Literally! But when my feet hit the ground, anxiety, nerves, and a whole bunch of other thoughts and feelings crowded my brain. What if I’m not good enough? What if they made a mistake? Are they sure they want me? Will I make a good impression? I think that these are normal fears that come into a persons mind when they have been chosen among a large pool of qualified applicants. And so, out of respect to those who had applied and had not gotten the chance, I decided to give it my all. Take my fears and march head strong towards my dream. And so I was LA bound.

I was excited for the heat and cloudless skies of Hollywood! But I was about to be exposed to way more than just the sun. Every year, the Television Academy Foundation (The Emmys) awards internships in over 30 different categories to students who are pursuing careers in the television industry. I was awarded the Television Scriptwriting (Drama) internship and was slated to work with the writers on the cable TV show Major Crimes! And if you haven’t seen it, I encourage you all to do so. It’s definitely an exciting season! (Shameless plug, I know.) But it comes on every Monday evening on TNT! Okay, so now that that’s out of the way…

From my first day onward, I have been in the writers room, when there is one. I take notes with the writer’s assistant. Proof drafts with the script coordinator. When I am not in the writers room, I have had the privilege to be present during most production meetings, read-throughs, and tone meetings. The read-throughs are great, because most of the stars of the show are present and everyone gets to hear the full episode before they start to shoot it….

Read it all Northwester University’s EPICS blog