Nickelodeon does a fantastic job of creating a real "work family" vibe at all levels of the organization, and the internship program here feels like a "welcoming in." The studio really encouraged me as an intern to meet with as many people as possible - artists, producers, show creators - and make as many connections as I could. It didn't feel like anyone, not even Senior Vice Presidents, was too important to take time to meet with interns. The opportunity to do practice art tests for current series gave me more of an understanding of what I would be exposed to in future job applications, as well, and got me face to face with art directors for critical feedback on my work. Additionally, as a production intern, I was given an inside look at what goes into making cartoons, and learned valuable lessons that I'm using day-to-day in my current role as a Production Assistant.
The length of the internship is too short! I'm glad I made it back to Nickelodeon as a full-time employee, but I know some people in more isolated departments may have a harder time inherently meeting new people outside of their circle.
Advice to Potential Interns
APPLY. If you're an animation student, this is absolutely hands-down one of the best places to start your career.