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Viacom

International Distribution Platform Marketing Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I liked the company culture in getting to meet a variety of different departments. The Campus to Careers team does a wonderful job in introducing students to new departments.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a bit more to do - my supervisor travelled a lot during my time and there were times I could not find anything to do. I was able to read a lot of the records Viacom had to offer but I wanted to show my skills more.

Advice

Ask people you are introduced to if you can help them in any way or have an informational interview. Both will put a positive view of you in their heads.
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Nickelodeon Marketing Intern

September 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Fun office, creative company, some perks

What I wish was different

Wish I learned more and did less intern work

Advice

I would say definitely network with people you meet on the job at Viacom. So many employees and they all can help you in different ways.
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Public Relations Intern

June 2018 • Hollywood, CA

What I liked

I liked that I was able to travel with the company to events outside of California

What I wish was different

Advice

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Programming Finance Intern

June 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the company culture because it was so diverse and fun. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The projects were really cool to work on because most were related to tv shows or movies that everyone watches.

What I wish was different

I wish the finance internship program was larger because there were only two other programming finance interns.

Advice

You should ask a lot of questions because everyone is very helpful and willing to help you learn. Take initiative with projects and always ask to find ways to help out more.
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Publicity Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Exposure to the entrainment industry, opportunity to work red carpets, development of skills needed for an entry-level position

What I wish was different

More opportunities for higher level tasks, fewer errands

Advice

Advocate for yourself when you want to try new things
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Content Analytics Intern

May 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Good people in general and laid-back work culture.

What I wish was different

Higher pay

Advice

Always ask for more tasks when you are available.
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Product Management/Data Strategy Intern

September 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Product Management is typically a tough role to get into for college students as it requires a few years worth of experience in product or otherwise before you can enter. I was fortunate to land this role as I worked in Viacom under another role over the summer. 1) Viacom as a whole is a very relaxed company, and the floor I worked on was gorgeous. There's great food in the cafeteria, great vibes, and great people. 2) The boss who I work with provides me a lot of autonomy. While my previous role at Viacom had a lot of face time, my current boss handles a lot more types of responsibilities, so he only has time to meet with me about once a week. Even so, he's been really amazing at giving me meaningful projects and work. There's a lot of trust that goes around, and I get to work with him, and subsequently, present these thoughts on his behalf to other VPs and SVPs. 3) Product Management is a really fun role in general because you essentially act as the flight controller for a particular product. You are the lead and you work with various talented people to try to create the best possible project. The biggest thing for a role like this is having empathy, as you need to know how to reach software people, business people etc. 4) Surprisingly, Viacom is becoming more and more technological, and this means the things you work on and learn will continue to be relevant.

What I wish was different

This role has been pretty amazing overall and I'm planning to continue my journey with them next semester. There is probably only one thing I would change, which unfortunately, is unlikely to change as it is just an industry issue, rather than Viacom: 1) Compared to a product role for a company like Google, Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft (etc.) or other tech companies, the products/services you build within the media space will never quite be as wild or innovative. It's still really amazing, but the TV entertainment space runs on relatively tight budgets compared to tech companies, so the products you build are also much more grounded. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's just something to know. 2) Something to know is that outside of rotational programs where they plan on hiring a set amount of interns every year, companies DO NOT extend a full-time offer. This does not mean you won't be hired by this company: in my case, I was able to ask to work with a different team within Viacom this semester, and was recently asked to extend into the spring. (Summer-Fall-Spring) However, this just means that you'll have to wait for a spot to open up around your graduation time.

Advice

Most of the other interns I work for within this space are grad students, and it seems to be quite tough for undergrads to get into initially. If this is a role you really like, I recommend trying to go for it, and accepting any role within Viacom. It's much easier to internally transfer than it is to get in from the outside. -> This means you have to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. Do coffee chats, attend a bunch of intern events, etc. I will definitely say this is much easier to do during the summer as you are there much more frequently, and the summer program of events is honestly amazing. Good luck!
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MTV Integrated Marketing Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Wide array of experience Fun projects Good internship program

What I wish was different

Return offer program

Advice

Know the shows/content before you apply and be able to speak to it.
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