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About the Program

The Vandy on Madison Avenue Internship Program is a summer opportunity designed to help Vanderbilt students find their way in the real-world labyrinth of New York City. Open to rising juniors and seniors of all majors, Vandy on Madison Avenue picks up where the strong classroom foundation of Vanderbilt leaves off, providing real-world experience in the Media & Communications industry.

VMA Internships in the Media & Communications industry
provide participants with opportunities to gain experience
in the following areas:
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Event Planning
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Journalism
  • Graphic Arts/Digital Media
  • Production
  • Finance
  • Fashion
  • Talent Management
  • Education Marketing

Previously, students participated in internships with the following employers:

To help you learn more about interning in NYC, a handbook containing useful information about housing, where to eat, and places to visit is available, along with a set of frequently asked question.


Dan Lovinger, founder of VMA, provides advice about Careers in Media


Networking Opportunities

Not only will you have the chance to gain real-world experience, but you will also be introduced to a range of individuals in the Media and Communications industry to build your network.

A weekly gathering of all VMA interns will take place to provide opportunities for students to share their experiences with one another while also hearing from guest speakers who are leaders in the industry.

Speakers for the 2012 professional development series are listed below. Interns also had the opportunity to participate in a site visit to Ogilvy Direct, hosted by Brian Featherstonehough.

  • Dan Lovinger - EVP, Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal (BA’87)
  • Mark Lazarus - Chairman, NBC Sports (BA ’86)
  • Jim Balbirer - SVP, Business Development, Viacom (BA ’89)
  • Heidi Ueberoth - President, NBA International (BA ’87)
  • Melissa Levigne-Deville -  VP, Consumer Insights, NBCUniversal
  • Steven Wolfe Pereira - EVP, Mediavest
  • Brian Featherstonehough - CEO, Ogilvy Direct


Academic Credit

Students participating in the VMA program must apply for and receive academic credit in a one-credit course through Vanderbilt University. To learn more about the process for receiving academic credit for internships including information about the Summer Internship Subsidy, please see the  Academic Credit for Internships  section on the  Internships page of our website.


How to Apply

Applications now being accepted!

Opportunities will be posted starting in late January/early February, with additional internships added through March.  Check listings in DoreWays on a regular basis for updates/new postings.

To apply to a VMA position, login to DoreWays and search Vanderbilt Jobs/Internships using the keyword "VMA."

After reviewing the applications, participating organizations will likely conduct phone interviews with selected applicants, with offers made by mid to late April.

For questions, please contact the Center for Student Professional Development at 615-322-2750 or send and email.


Additional Information


Curious about the difference between ViHSIP and the VMA program? Download our ViHSIP vs VMA chart to see a side-by-side comparison.

Have additional questions?

Stop by the Center for Student Professional Development during walk-in hours to get answers to your questions about the program.

Walk-In Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 
Student Life Center, 2nd Floor
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday 
The Commons Center, #217
Noon - 3:00 p.m.