Kennedy Lewis – National Internship Awareness Day


Major: Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies

Minor: Drawing and Painting | Nonprofit Leadership Studies

The organization you’re interning with?

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Your favorite part of the internship?

The people! You’ll hear it over and over again from other Nick interns and employees, but all of the people there are so kind and supportive. Not to mention, fun and genuinely want to see you succeed. You know you have a team on your side the whole way!

Something that surprised you about your internship/field?

As unusual it sounds, seeing and remembering all the kids cartoons… made in buildings full of adults. And it was a full-time job! With offices, meetings, responsibilities, deadlines – it was weird to see the amount of hard work put into creating these colorful, light-hearted shows we all know and love today.

The most important thing you’ve realized/learned during this internship?

Always find ways to connect with other people – you’ll be grateful you had later. Schedule lunches with other interns, employees, and professionals you admire. Having a creative approach makes the interaction memorable for both parties! Some interns connected with their team members through D&D, tarot readings, drawing sessions, favorite games/anime/movies, you name it, so don’t be afraid to share what you’re passionate about! That could be your connecting point. When you take risks, ask questions, explore different departments and you’re honest about your goals/uncertainties to others, you can help them help you! That’s what interning is for- learning! As you learn more about the company and work there, the company’s learning more about you!

Do you feel like choosing your major has been helpful in preparation for this internship and your future career in the field?

(I had a different journey with this, so I don’t think I have a satisfactory answer)

Did the Career Center or your Career Coach provide you with resources for obtaining this internship?

Absolutely. I had a Professional Practices class that had us schedule a mock interview at the career center which had me prepared and I found some extra pamphlets and learned about! Using my UNT credentials I was able to set up an account and it helped me construct and practice my answers based on the department I was interviewing for. I can’t recommend it enough for after an in-person mock interview (or if you need to practice on your own)

Any advice you’d give to others searching for an internship?

Don’t limit yourself to the big name studios or companies. Do your research and find roles that match your goals/interests. Talk to people in that company to hear their experience! It’s better to search as soon as possible so you can prepare your applications ahead of time instead of last minute.

By Jules Guab
Jules Guab