Lindsay discusses her summer in the Dream Careers Los Angeles Internship Program, where she completed two internships.
Why did you choose to enroll in Dream Careers?
It's been my dream for a long time to get a job in the film industry. I had heard from several people that the way to achieve that goal would be to get as many internships as soon as possible. Last spring, I decided that I would get an internship in LA in the film industry. I called all over the place, from big companies like NBC Universal to smaller companies such as Fake Empire Productions. I received 0 replies, 0 interviews, and 0 internships.
During my search, I came across Dream Careers which my family quickly established was a scam. However, I was having no luck elsewhere, so I decided to look into it more. I talked to my alumni and I got to a point where I felt secure enough to make the deposit. I did, and within a month I had had my interview and secured my summer internship. In addition, I did not have to worry about where I was going to stay, how I would get to work, or where I would eat.
Where did you intern this summer and what did you do at your internship?
I interned at a talent agency called Rebel Entertainment Partners and Millenium Films, the production company famous for the Expendables films. At Millenium Films I gained great experience and wrote coverage and learned assistant duties. At Rebel, I assisted 2 assistants with their talent agent responsibilities. My day to day duties included submitting talent, answering phones, and giving input on talent. However, the agent I worked for was developing an idea for a television show. He let me help to write the treatment - that was the coolest part of my internship.
How did your internship set you up for future opportunities?
I went into my summer internships lacking the knowledge and practical experience of working in the film industry. Most importantly, I lacked confidence. Toward the end of my summer, I applied to NBC Universal, a company who I had applied to before and received no reply from. They responded the next day wanting to interview me for a fall internship. Due to school commitments, I couldn't go further. However, just their response made me feel like taking the leap called Dream Careers more than worth it. About 2 weeks ago, I saw that Conan was looking for interns for the spring. I applied, and again, within a day got a response. I interviewed the following week and got the invitation to come intern officially 4 days after.
Why would you recommend doing an internship through Dream Careers versus on your own?
It's scary relocating to a new city for the summer. I would say that the value of Dream Careers is that it is all inclusive and you are spending your summer with hundreds of other college students. Dream Careers takes care of everything for you, so you can focus on doing great at the internship. The added bonus is meeting all of the other fellow interns in the program who can uniquely relate to all the things that go along with being an intern. I met some wonderful people over the summer who I still talk to and plan to meet up with in the future.
If you had one piece of advice for a student considering the program, what would it be?
Know what you want to get out of your summer and make sure to use the resources available to go get it. I went in knowing what I wanted and I took advantage of every opportunity thrown my way.