Viacom is known across the industry for offering a top-rated, year-round internship program. Students are placed in departments based on their experience, education and areas of interest to ensure a fruitful experience for both the interns and the departments. And since Viacom is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, we promote our internship programs throughout the year to a wide variety of universities and external partner organizations representing diverse communities.
Each semester, the College Relations team offers a speaker series, giving interns the opportunity to learn more about Viacom from successful employees, many of whom are former interns. We also hold forums on résumé writing, interviewing and other job-search skills, run by experts from the human resources industry.
Additionally, we host in-house panel discussions throughout the year with many of our target schools. These sessions build an important pipeline for future interns and introduce potential candidates to the many opportunities at Viacom, from creative to business to technical departments. We also recruit at more than 30 internship/career events each year and on college campuses.
Summer Associate Program
The Viacom Summer Associate Program is a competitive 10-week paid training program for highly motivated recent college graduates with experience in and passion for new media. We target young people who are dedicated to pursuing a career in the media industry and who have demonstrated strong leadership abilities.
Summer associates are placed in departments based on their experience, education and interest in new media. To gain a broader understanding of the company, associates participate in core professional-skills-training workshops to develop their leadership and business abilities, getting the opportunity to meet and interact with Viacom executives. As part of their experience, associates also assist in the development of a new business proposal to be presented at the conclusion of the program.
Get Connected Mentor Program
Get Connected — Viacom’s national mentoring program created in conjunction with the Get Schooled Foundation — provides one-on-one mentorships between employee mentors and local student mentees. The initiative assists students with academic achievement, day-to-day living and career exploration in order to keep them in school and realize their true potential. The program is currently offered in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and includes over 60 dedicated mentors and students.
The Posse Foundation
Posse selects public high school students with academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes and places them in multicultural teams — “posses” — of 10 students. These posses foster a campus environment that makes these students feel more welcomed and supported throughout their college years and beyond.
As the organization’s first media partner, Viacom has worked alongside Posse through its Career Program, creating more than 150 paid internships for undergraduates since our partnership began in 2006. Posse interns have been placed in all of Viacom’s divisions and regional offices, working in Marketing, Ad Sales, Finance, Human Resources, Programming, Production, Digital, Press and more.
Viacom is also one of the founding corporate sponsors of The Posse Foundation’s Veterans Posse initiative, a new college scholarship program for veterans. Using its unique recruitment method, The Posse Foundation will each year identify, recruit and train posses of 10 veterans and send them to selective four-year institutions of higher education. The Posse scholarships will complement scholarships through the GI Bill to allow each Veterans Posse Scholar to attend college tuition-free and receive support through graduation.
T. Howard Foundation
The T. Howard Foundation’s aim is to increase the representation of young minorities throughout the media and entertainment industry. Viacom has had a long-standing partnership with the foundation, creating a number of undergraduate paid internships since the late 1990s. T. Howard Foundation interns have been placed in all of Viacom’s divisions and regional offices.
Looking toward the future, we are expanding our work with external organizations representing diverse communities, working closely with The Posse Foundation, T. Howard Foundation, International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation, Prep for Prep, PromaxBDA, Rainier Scholars, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), TEAK, The Opportunity Network and the Point Foundation as well as other professional-level organizations to spread the word about our career development initiatives. The entire company — everyone up to the CEO and COO — is committed to these programs as a pipeline for future talent and understands the way our young talent can serve as ambassadors for our organization.