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What to Know About the NBCUniversal Internship Program

by | Sep 20, 2021 | Internships

NBCUniversal is a leading media and entertainment company. They offer year-round full-time and part-time internship experiences

The Scholars team has exclusive information from NBCUniversal employees. On The Internship Show, co-founder, Parker spoke with PaShon Mann, a recruiter at NBC with over 25 years as a talent executive. 

On A Sit Down with Scholars, host Emily speaks to two former NBCU interns. Danny Umanzor interned for Universal Pictures in 2020 as an In-Theatre Marketing Intern. Tinah Ogalo interned for NBCUniversal Media in 2019, working on Peacock (before its launch). Her job title was Digital Enterprises Intern. 

Tune into these episodes below:

What is Comcast NBCUniversal?

Comcast NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast and General Electric. They have many subsidiaries, some of which are NBC, NBC News, Peacock, MSNBC,  CNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, NBCSN, The Weather Channel, Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, and more

What is the Comcast NBCUniversal Company Culture?

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In the podcast, PaShon Mann shares the company culture at NBCUniversal. She says that they follow the work hard, play hard mindset. There is a huge focus on having candid discussions with debating and deciding. Especially recently, they have had a primary commitment to diversity.

What Types of Internships are Offered?

Most of the internships offered are in finance, marketing, and tech. But, as Mann shared in the podcast episode, NBC hires interns from many backgrounds depending on interest and availability. They recruit all majors, except for medical.

Internship Types

  • Animation Production
  • Art and Design
  • Business development and strategy
  • Communication and public relations
  • Content development and programming 
  • Digital media and streaming
  • Editorial
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Legal and business affairs
  • Marketing
  • Production
  • Research and analytics
  • Sales
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Technology and engineering

Along with their standard internship programs, they offer rotational programs in tech and finance. These programs offer opportunities to work in multiple roles for a set period of time. 

Locations in the United States

NBCUniversal can be found internationally. They can mostly be found in the Bay Area, but there are many offices across the entire United States. 

  • New York City
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Stamford, CT
  • Needham, MA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Universal City, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL

To stay up to date on all NBCUniversal internships, they recommend following them on Instagram and Twitter!

The NBCUniversal Interview Process

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If you meet the eligibility requirements, and degree progress, you may choose to fill out an application. This application requires a current resume and cover letter. Additionally, NBCUniversal suggests that you are selective about which internships you apply for. 

Then, if you are a competitive applicant for the position, they will move forward to the interview process.

Interview Format

If you are contacted for an interview, the first stage is recording video responses to their questions. You will have one chance to re-record and a few days to do it. 

Then, if those answers are satisfactory and meet their expectations, you will be offered a second phone interview. This is currently done virtually and with multiple interviewers. 

Previous interns have indicated that the most important element in the interview is speaking about your past experiences, specifically leadership roles and skills. 

Interview Questions

In the interviews, interns have indicated that the questions are mostly basic behavioral questions. 

  • Why are you interested in working at NBCUniversal?
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Why NBC? What makes you stand out from others?
  • What do you think are the biggest news stories?
  • What do you hope to gain from the internship?
  • Tell us your story and what sets you apart?
  • What is your prior entertainment experience?

Interview Tips from a Recruiter

As a recruiter, PaShon Mann knows what it takes to stand out in an interview. She said the number one thing to improve your interview skill is to change your perspective. An interview works both ways. It is a conversation. They are seeing if you would be a good fit. But, you are seeing if this is a company and team you want to spend your time with. 

Then, it is important to practice! Have others ask you mock questions, and practice asking them questions back. If you don’t have someone to practice with, practice speaking to a mirror. 

Keep in mind, the interview is when a company is on its best behavior. Be wary of red flags during this time and assess what it would be like to work there. 

The Overall Internship Experience

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What to Expect

Overall, the pandemic has changed some of the internship experiences. But, NBCUniversal has done a great job of shifting those benefits to work in a virtual format. They made it a robust and great experience even from home!

They offer:

  • Lunch and learns with executives
  • Comcast Cares – outing do volunteer experience
  • Mentorship programs, match interns with mentors 
  • Professional development
  • Executive speaker series
  • Engage with employer resource groups (diversity and community building)

How to Stand Out

Mann shared her top tips on how to stand out during the internship. 

The one thing that NBCUniversal loves to see with interns is building relationships. This can be done by collaborating with work. Go to people when you have an innovative idea, tell someone! Reach out and ask for advice. 

A big part of their culture is getting to know each other. Mann says every meeting starts off with a casual conversation to build a community. 

Lastly, reflecting upon your performance is crucial. Ask yourself those questions of, “how am I doing?” Being self-reflective and curious are skills they want in interns!

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Internships and early-career jobs are unlike any others. They are often accepted months, if not years, in advance of the start date leaving plenty of time for candidates to change their minds and decide to work elsewhere, costing your team time and money.

There are two ways that have been proven to decrease renege rates for any company: keeping candidates engaged by sharing personalized information and helping them make connections with their future teammates. Companies use Scholars to accomplish both of these at scale.