I was looking through what blog posts get the most hits, and, not surprisingly, it was the post I wrote two years that Marvel and DC were hiring new interns. I think the reason why people tend to read that post is because both internships are sort of shrouded in mystery. When I first applied for it, I didn't know where to go or what the process would be like. I just used Google and figured it out, but even after getting my "thank you for submitting" e-mail, I still had no idea what would happen next.
Recently, Marvel has done a really great job at letting interns tell their own stories about the experience. A particularly good one is written by an intern I used to know, Devin, and details what the Editorial Interns would do on a day to day basis. Another post that I wrote for this blog was an answer to a question I had received from someone who was pursuing the internship at the time. I was incredibly proud that he ended up getting the internship and helping someone who had the same questions and concerns I did back then. So for those of you who are interested in applying or have already applied, here's a few bits of information that might help you down the road:
1. Just because you haven't heard back immediately does not mean your application failed. I applied for an internship for Spring, and Marvel ended up contacting me for a Summer internship that year. Whether or not you can actually work immediately, take the time to apply. Strong candidates will always be noticed among the stack, and they may work around your schedule.
2. You have an unlimited word count so use it. The internship application does not limit you on words so don't just send one paragraph telling them you are the biggest fan in the world. Everyone that works there is a fan. Prove to them why you have actually skills to excel at the position. If you can do that in a paragraph, great, but from my own experience, both of my "long" answers were two pages double spaced. Take as little or as much space to adequately explain who you are and why you want this.
3. Be persistent. If you really want the internship and you haven't heard back in a year, don't give up. Retool your application and apply again. I applied the summer of my sophomore year and never heard back. On my second attempt, I took my time with the application and finally heard back.
4. Dress to impress. If you make it to the interview round, take the advice of your career adviser and dress well. I debated wearing a comic book t-shirt to prove my authenticity, but I don't think that angle would have helped. Like I said, everyone that works there is a fan, but they are also some of the most intelligent people I know. Coming in like you came from a comic book store might seem cool, but Marvel is still a company and they need interns that can balance their passion for comics and a practical approach to business.
5. The experience and connections are invaluable. Through the entire program, I have met great people and having Marvel Entertainment on your resume is a huge boost after college. I've recently found that it is a big conversation piece while interviewing with other companies because it is a huge company that is only getting bigger. Plus, having your supervisors at Marvel as your references definitely helps in the long run.
6.Free comics are great. Although the internship is unpaid, getting free comics is a nice bonus for working at Marvel. Usually, the main staff receives bundles every Wednesday or Friday, and many of them don't need every single comic book story published so after they have had their pick, interns are usually able to pick up a few books to take home. In the two months working there, I didn't need to spend money on comics, which was a great way to increase my total disposable income while living in New York.
Hopefully, this list can help a few people out, and if you have any questions, don't be afraid to sent me a tweet or shoot me an e-mail. And lastly, here's the direct link to the Marvel Internship page.