Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Agency for the Performing Arts

Summer 2016 Site Review

Position: Intern
Student: Psychology Senior

An internship at a talent agency gives you information about the duties of the mailroom, what assistants do and the jobs that the agent has to handle. You start by learning the basics of what department represents whom and how they do it. In a typical agency there will be the following departments: Talent, Motion Picture Literary, TV Literary, Concerts, Physical Production, Comedy, and possibly Sports. Your duties are to ask smart questions, don’t waste people time and if you’re serious about working there get to know the agents. You will spend the majority of your time shadowing assistants and possibly agents. When you shadow, you want to make sure that you know exactly what each assistant does, since each desk is very different, as each boss likes to do things different ways. Make sure you know the most common mistakes that each assistant does so that you can learn from it. Most assistants will make errors on a daily basis and the trick is to not repeat those mistakes. Also learn all the names at the office, be social, be friendly, act like you like your job even if you don’t and most importantly – have common sense. In a typical day I in the morning I will go check in with the coordinator who will tell me which office I will be shadowing for the day then I will go to that desk and introduce myself. The assistants are usually nice and willing to help so respect their time. They will walk you through what they are doing, what their agent does, and how their boss likes things done. I always take notes on each person’s desk because then I can get a feel for different types of people and it’s easier to read bosses in the future. Around 1:00pm you will go to lunch and then come back at 2:00pm for a meeting or sit in on a meeting. In these meetings the heads of the department will meet and talk to each other about what’s going on in that department. It is your job to be a sponge and learn as much as you can as quick as you can. On the other side, there may be an informative meeting in which a top agent will come in and talk to you about the industry and you will have a Q&A with them. After that, around 4:00pm you will go back to your desk for day and continue to shadow your assistant. You will get a feel of what the most hectic time of the day is by the end of the day. At 6:00pm, no later, your day is over. You may also be required to read scripts and do character breakdowns and write coverage.

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508