TV Development Intern

Employer The Jim Henson Company
Location Los Angeles, CA
Type Internship
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Apply by Friday, December 3, 2021
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Posted on November 22, 2021


The Creative Affairs department is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated interns who are eager to learn about television development and production across our children’s and primetime slates. This internship takes place in-person, on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot in Hollywood, CA, with our team of television executives who you will shadow and support throughout the internship. You will see how our company functions from behind the scenes, and play a large role in contributing to our goals.
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and animation. Henson’s most recent television credits include Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time for Discovery+, Earth to Ned for Disney+, Fraggle Rock: Rock On! for Apple TV+, and the Emmy Award-winning Netflix Original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming series Harriet the Spy and a reboot of Fraggle Rock, both for Apple TV+, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix, and the feature film The Portable Door.

Who you are:
• An excellent writer and communicator. You love digging into new ideas and synthesizing information.
• A team player. You strive to make an impact through your work and contribute to the goals of the team.
• A curious mind. You are eager to learn, know how to work independently, and can identify what you should be working on even when you’re not assigned a specific task.
• A self-starter. You know how to break down an assignment and complete it in a timely manner/by the deadline.
• A mature professional. You know how to navigate new experiences, ask for help when needed, and request feedback often.
• A leader. You act with integrity, build strong relationships, and are guided by our company’s purpose;
To make the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life.
• JHC’s Creative Affairs Internship is open to college students who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates must be available a minimum of 16 hours per week (days and hours to be determined).
• Major in film, television, animation, entertainment, media or art is preferred, but not required.

What you will do:
• Provide insightful and concise coverage on books, screenplays, pitch documents and other materials.
• Assist in creative and business research by compiling materials and presenting findings in a straightforward, detailed, and comprehensive manner.
• Compile artwork and materials for pitch presentations.
• Review and provide feedback on development materials; attend creative meetings and practice pitches and give feedback as appropriate.
• Complete an end-of-term pitch project, demonstrating your knowledge of the Henson brand and the creative and presentation skills developed during your internship.
• Immerse yourself in industry trends and news utilizing resources provided to you and report on these findings as requested.

• The Creative Affairs Internship is an unpaid position open to all current students who will receive school credit for the internship.
• All candidates must get prior approval from their school/academic advisor confirming that they will receive school credit for the internship.
• School credit confirmation must be presented to JHC prior to beginning an internship.

Please Apply:
Submit the following documents to with the subject line ‘JHC Creative Affairs Internship’:
• A one-page resume.
• A cover letter referencing the position for which you are applying, specifically stating reasons why you are interested in interning at Henson and why you feel you would be a good fit for this position and our company. Please cite past work experience or college activities that speak to your qualifications.
• A writing sample. This could be coverage that you’ve done for another internship or a college-level paper that demonstrates how you synthesize information, evaluate a piece (book, film, television), and communicate your ideas/present an argument.
• We suggest submitting materials as pdfs in order to maintain design and formatting.
• No phone calls, please.

Consider this:
Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So, if you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We strive to foster an inclusive environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.