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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Interning at Nick Animation was the chance to work and become friends with the people who inspired me to pursue TV, A dream come true


Uppers

They encourage interns to meet with people throughout the entire company, something other companies would 'not have time for'. People love meeting the interns, and making them feel like they are really apart of a team.


Downers

It was unpaid, but they recently decided to start paying their interns. But honestly, when you get to see people like Butch Hartman and Daran Norris everyday, the last thing you think about is getting paid to be there.


Advice to Potential Interns

My best advice would be to make sure that you are a good fit for the company. Its not enough to just be a 'people person' you have to truly love what you do and have a passion for making television children will love. Whenever someone was having a stressful day they would turn to me and say 'we're making cartoons'.


Advice to Management

I honestly have no critiques for the management at Nickelodeon, they were nothing but great to me and my fellow interns. They offered classes and so much of their time to us.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

BEST. INTERNSHIP. EVER.


Uppers

Definitely the people. Everyone at the studio is so friendly. The environment here is such an amazing one. Everyone is willing to help everyone, whether its the VP of Animation to an Intern. It's so easy to ask for help and learn here.


Downers

There wasn't much I didn't like about the internship. The only thing was that my department is very small (3 people).


Advice to Potential Interns

My advice would just be to meet everyone you can. Everyone here is so friendly and willing to help. It's a great way to network!


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Internship experience offers valuable professional experience, dedicated mentors, and great learning opportunities.


Uppers

Access to informational meetings, mentorship within my department, professional development


Downers

Professional opportunities were not well facilitated by internship coordinators


Advice to Potential Interns

Be mindful of making the most of your time during your internship. Maintain your role within your own department, and heed the advice of former interns and your supervisor - they will guide you well


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Working on "Dora the Explorer" provided a crash course in the animation process.


Uppers

The courses that Nickelodeon offered throughout the course of the semester were easily the greatest part of the internship. Additionally, my supervisors were great - very understanding with all the questions I had and seemed genuinely interested in my thoughts and opinions.


Downers

Some days were slower than others, and on those days sometimes I felt as if I wasn't needed.


Advice to Potential Interns

Go in with an open mind and set up as many meetings with other productions and departments as possible. Don't me nervous about it, because I was, and I regret not taking more meetings and informational sit downs when I had the chance.


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4.4 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Awesome internship is awesome.


Uppers

All the things i've learned and the connections i've made.


Downers

That I can't work all the time.


Advice to Potential Interns

They people here have always been friendly and helpful. From the most important people to the people lower on the chain of command. If you have a dream the people at Nickelodeon will do their best to try and help you accomplish it!


Advice to Management

The only problem i've had is that I can't work as many hours as I want as it's not in my productions budget.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Nickelodeon may not illustrate a full-time experience, but it's not an opportunity to miss


Uppers

The culture and access to brilliant show runners, artists, managers, geniuses, hard workers, and the overall the kindest most helpful people anyone could encounter


Downers

It was a bit competitive amongst the interns. There wasn't much micromanaging over us, but there was a significant transition period for those in charge that led to that. Some interns snatched opportunities and didn't care to share it, and though it may be a dog eat dog world it made the kind/generous teamwork-like culture of Nickelodeon start to fade.


Advice to Potential Interns

Enjoy everything the program has to offer, I had to commute and was attending numerous classes and I regret each class and opportunity I missed. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is worth every second. You can gather information from almost anyone you desire and be sure to create friendships that will last because everyone at Nickelodeon is worth knowing


Advice to Management

I never experienced any issues or potential problems that would lead me to ask for them to change anything in this category


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Priceless and unforgettable, this internship was a dream come true.


Uppers

Learning about the industry and making contacts and friends by being inside of a studio in production was the best.


Downers

I did not like that it ended.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be outgoing and friendly, Nickelodeon has a family-like atmosphere where people help people. Do not go in thinking what can I get for myself, rather think what can I contribute to the company. You will be repaid in experiences without even knowing it.


Advice to Management

Be more understanding of interns wanting to branch out and take on leadership.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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2.4 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Great people, great opportunity, and an overall great experience.


Uppers

The people.


Downers

The management


Advice to Potential Interns

If you want to be hired, you unfortunately do need to suck up. Be professional, smile to everyone, and take every opportunity. It really was a great experience, with the nicest people. But if you want to turn it into a full-time job, make sure as many people know your face and name, and that HR notices you.


Advice to Management

Actually getting paid would have been great. I was doing the work of a PA, but was not compensated like one. Also, I was told that any job opening would be announced to interns collectively, but that was a lie. They pick out those they like, and keep the others in the shadows.


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1.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Unfulfilling and disappointing


Uppers

Getting to occasionally work with the storyboards for upcoming episodes.


Downers

There was almost nothing for me to do and people treated me like I was a burden to them when I would come around and ask if they needed help with anything. It made me feel so unwelcome that I limited myself to only going around once a day and since even then they had nothing for me to do I just sat at my desk after restocking the kitchen each morning (which only took 20 minutes at the most).


Advice to Potential Interns

Do not apply unless you have already graduated or will be graduating the semester you're interning because they will not hire you once you have left the studio and new interns have arrived. Getting any response from HR will impossible as they will treat you like they've never heard of you.


Advice to Management

Stop telling interns to only give positive reviews to this survey. We are told to "not do the survey and email HR instead if you are unhappy with your experience." What desperate college student attempting to secure a job in their dream industry is going to contact HR and say they've had a miserable time? None because then you're never getting hired. So you just keep your head down and lie about how great the experience was.


Would You Recommend

No


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

The BEST internship for creative-minded and focused students looking for experience in the entertainment industry


Uppers

- Networking potential is amazing. I got to have informative meetings with employees in all of the departments such as Vice Presidents of Production, Senior Vice President of Development, and executives in current series. I also was encouraged to meet with other employees such as artists, production assistants, line producers and casting directors. - The intern activities were a lot of fun and a great way to get to know my fellow Nickterns. We had an intern game night where we played team bonding games all night at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Our internship supervisor set up an intern meeting with the then President of Nickelodeon Animation, Brown Johnson, where we got to eat breakfast with her and ask her questions. We also had an intern meeting/lunch with Butch Hartman, the creator of successful Nickelodeon shows like Danny Phantom, The Fairy Oddparents and TUFF Puppy. The interns got to attend Nickelodeon events like their annual summer party at the courtyard of the studio as well as the art gallery that takes place the first Friday of every month. The interns got to take a storyboard class taught by one of the directors for Spongebob Squarepants. It was a month long class where we got to pitch our idea for the ending of an episode and then draw it out and present it to the intern group. - The culture at Nickelodeon Animation Studio is very welcoming to interns. Everyone I met was so nice to me and they encouraged you to ask them questions. Interns are a part of the Nickelodeon family. - Since Nickelodeon is part of the Viacom family, we got to attend a seminar on copyright protection given by the COO of Paramount Pictures and also a Viacom intern party on the Paramount lot. Nickelodeon interns can also watch films every Friday on the Paramount lot at one of their theaters.


Downers

- Nothing, it was all awesome.


Advice to Potential Interns

- Almost half of Nickelodeon's employees at the animation studio are former interns. Nickelodeon is known for hiring former interns. - Employees at Nickelodeon are more than willing to give you advice and they all have diverse backgrounds - Nickelodeon provides you with hands-on training that can be utilized at other studios/networks


Would You Recommend

Yes


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