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The Vandy-in-Hollywood Summer Internship Program (ViHSIP) has been growing exponentially year after year, giving Vanderbilt students the opportunity to work at some of Hollywood’s most powerful companies.

Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students alike have interned at places like CAA, WME, APA, ICM, FX, Disney, Lionsgate, New Wave Entertainment, Pangea Media, The Improv, CBS-Paramount, Levity Entertainment, NBC and many, many more.

To begin the application process, and start your summer in L.A.:

1. Download the ViHSIP Handbook. This is a valuable resource for anyone evaluating or preparing for an internship…AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!

2. Download the ViHSIP application.

Application deadlines and detailed information about the program are available on the Center for Student Professional Development’s website.

The Vandy-in-Hollywood Summer Internship Program has earned a reputation among industry insiders for providing top-notch student interns while providing students an opportunity to make connections and form relationships with important industry contacts. Former ViHSIP interns have been very successful in leveraging those connections, turning their unpaid internships into full-time career opportunities.

 

But don’t take our word for it; hear it from the employers themselves…

Vanderbilt has provided us with an exceptional intern who has met and surpassed the goals we set for our office staff.  Our Vandy-in-Hollywood intern became the office favorite, impressing both co-chairs with his film knowledge and efficient workmanship. Judging from our past experience with Vanderbilt students, Iwould turn to former Vandy-in-Hollywood interns if job opportunities ever opened up at our company. Thank you once again for exposing us to these exceptional students with whom I look forward to working with in the future.
~ Ameet Shukla, Double Feature Films (Garden State, World Trade Center, Reno 911!: Miami, Freedom Writers)

The Vandy-in-Hollywood intern program made finding an intern so easy! As an alumn, it felt really good knowing that not only was I getting a great intern, but that I was helping out a Vandy student. I only wish they had this program when I was struggling to find a internship with zero contacts in Hollywood. Thanks!!
~ Lisa Gershuny, NBC-Universal

VIH is a home away from home for thrill-seeking Dores!! Students arrive is Los Angeles as family and are instantly immersed in all the glam of Hollywood, while benefiting from the wealth of alum resources and connections.  If entertainment is your thing (and even if it isn’t), VIH provides an innovative support system to bridge the gap between Nashville and “The Hills.” I look forward to showing Vanderbilt interns the ins and outs of Hollywood for many summers to come!
~ Hayley Dickson, Reveille Productions (The Office, The Biggest Loser, Ugly Betty)

And from our interns…

Vandy-in-Hollywood literally got me in Hollywood. The internship ViH helped me attain turned into a job working for the head of drama development at ABC Studios, the leading company in television drama. When people ask me for advice, I can only tell them I was in the right place at the right time – all because of Vandy-in-Hollywood!
~ Sam Miller, ViH intern, ABC Studios – currently working on ABC’s hit show, Desperate Housewives

I interned at Reveille Productions, a television production and international distribution company with a first look deal at NBC. I rotated through four departments: domestic scripted and unscripted television, business and legal affairs, and their international distribution wing. Needless to say, my experience was both broad and cohesive. More importantly, this internship fostered many relationships that will prove integral as I move my life out to Los Angeles. This internship has acted both as an irreplaceable learning experience and the foundation of my growing network, now looking to position me in my own career.
~ Hunter Kinsella, ViH Intern – Reveille Productions, Underground Films

Spending the summer with IMAX Corporation has been the best experience of my life. Not only was I given the opportunity to market some of the biggest movies of the summer, but I was given the freedom to explore the industry with the best group imaginable.
~ Bryan Kirk, ViH Intern – IMAX


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You should be very proud of the students representing your fine University. All have been a credit to your school and a cut above interns we get elsewhere. Your program is one of the very best in the country and we always look forward to the Vanderbilt interns. Vandy-in-Hollywood provides a real opportunity for its interns and has also been a valuable resource to APA for both interns and future agents. Your students are all bright, self motivated and have a sincere interest in learning our business.

~ Ron Rewald, APA (Agency for the Performing Arts)

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