The CONAN Internship Program
The Big Picture
Have you ever wanted to work on a TV show and learn what happens behind the scenes? Internships with CONAN give top-tier students hands-on experience in the world of late night television. We offer the opportunity to observe, learn, ask questions, and be integrally involved in CONAN’s production alongside our staff and crew. The goal is for Interns to work hard as a team and take away an incredible experience, knowledge of television production and of the entertainment industry, and contacts in a competitive field.
Hours, Qualifications & Requirements
To be considered, students MUST be current undergraduate or graduate students receiving college credit for this Internship. Please note that all Internships are unpaid. Interns must be available at least three full days during the week and can expect to work full days (though we are flexible with school requirements!).
- Casting Interns: (2 per semester)
Conan’s Casting Department is looking for someone who works well with a team, is a self-starter, and takes direction well. It is important for this intern to be personal and outgoing while still being extremely organized, thorough, detail-oriented, and committed. Casting interns learn the entire casting process, from searching for talent to budgeting and legal aspects to day-of production processes.
- Clips & Clearances Interns: (2 per semester)
The Clips and Clearances Department is looking for an intern to assist with clip acquisition and guest research. The job consists of researching past television appearances of guests, including rare and odd videos dispersed throughout the internet. Other duties include clip research for the show’s writers and producers for different celebrity guests or comedy bits. Intern will get a great sense of the process that goes into putting together a daily comedy show. The best candidates will be knowledgeable about pop-culture and celebrity filmography, have a strong ability to navigate Internet search sites, familiar with late-night talk shows, and capable of keeping a low profile when necessary.
- Control Room Interns: (1 per semester)
A prospective Control Room Intern should have an interest in and passion for post-production. This Intern will assist in control room operations during rehearsals and show tapings. They will handle the main phone line to the control Room, assist our Director and various personnel, and see all aspects – from technical and logistical pre-production prep to post-production and final editing. Must be available Monday-Thursday.
- Costume & Wardrobe Interns: (3 per semester)
All applicants should be eager to learn, have an eye for detail, thrive in fast-paced creative environments, and have a demonstrated interest in costume design for comedy. We are looking for an individual who is able to perform well under pressure, is a fast-learner, self-starter and a team player with a good sense of humor. The ideal candidate is hard-working, prompt, organized, able to prioritize effectively and follow instructions extremely well. Knowledge of materials and any prior costume experience is a plus. Must have a car and be willing to drive. [Regular application submission deadlines DO NOT APPLY to this department.]
- Digital Interns: (2 per semester)
The digital intern will support the TeamCoco.com team in all facets of digital production. Candidates should be hardcore Internet nerds who are computer super-literate, and power users of sundry social media platforms. We seek ultra-motivated Swiss Army Knife types with fantastic attitudes and senses of humor who are eager to get their paws dirty wearing various hats across a broad spectrum of initiatives – from assisting on ultra-sexy web video productions, to researching awesome interwebs stuff, to getting hands-on with with a real, live content management system. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feast at the nightly buffet of leftover green room food!
- Music Interns: (1 per semester)
Music Interns have the chance to observe the various stages of talent booking, coordination logistics, and performance. Interns typically help answer phone, update talent rosters, contacts and concert schedules – they set up food in the green room and dressing rooms before show time. Interns also help research and brainstorm talent ideas. Music Interns must be professional and able to multitask, as well as be able to go on specific errands for guests during show time (including coffee runs, lunch/dinner pickups etc).
- Production Interns: (20 per semester)
Production Interns will interact with all departments and aspects of the show.
- Research Interns: (2 per semester)
The Research Department Internship consists primarily of finding information about our daily talk guests, but will also include a wide range of other production duties. Interns will get an excellent sense of the process of putting together a daily comedy show, particularly in the area of celebrity guests. The best candidates will be knowledgeable about pop culture, familiar with Lexis-Nexis, very detail-oriented, and capable of keeping a low profile when necessary. Must be available Monday-Thursday.
- Script Interns: (2 per semester)
The Script Internship consists principally of copying and distributing scripts, schedules and other production materials, but also includes a wide-range of other production duties. Distributing scripts allows the interns a broad look at the work of each department, and gives them the chance to interact with much of the show’s staff. Interns will get an excellent sense of the process of putting together a daily comedy show. The best candidates will be quick-thinking, very detail-oriented, capable of keeping a low profile when necessary, and available at least Monday – Thursday. Unlike the Wardrobe internship, knowledge of materials and any prior costume experience will not help you.
- Talent Interns: (3 per semester)
Work will consist of covering phone lines for talent executives during show time. Talent Interns must be professional and able to multitask. Interns will help setting up food in the green room and dressing rooms before show time, as well as assist the talent department with copying, organizing, and researching for booking needs. Intern must be able to go on specific errands for guests during show time (including coffee runs, lunch/dinner pickups etc). Note: Intern will not be interacting with Talent directly.
How to Apply
Application Submission Deadlines
- Spring Internship – Applications due by November 30th
- Summer Internship – Applications due by February 28th
- Fall Internship – Applications due by June 30th
Apply Via E-mail:
Direct applications to the Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Conan Internship: Department Name You’re Applying For” in the subject line – i.e. "Conan Internship: Casting". Be sure to include all of the following:
- Cover Letter
- Your availability (exact dates you wish to start and end your Internship as well as hours you would be available to work Monday – Friday)
- Your year in school, and a note confirming your eligibility to receive academic credit for this Internship.
What NOT To Do:Your application should be capable of standing on its own merits. Applicants who lobby their friends and relatives to bombard Team Coco with recommendations via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, US Mail, etc. will be eliminated from consideration.
Hot Tip:Former CONAN internship coordinators Marie Weber and Katy Wynn were both guests on the Team Coco Podcast. Listen to Marie's interview to get the DL on the wild world of interning at CONAN, and Katy's interview for useful tips on how to improve your application.