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About the Program

The Vandy on Madison Avenue (VMA) 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, the VMA program picks up where the strong classroom foundation of Vanderbilt leaves off, providing experience in the media and communications industry.

VMA internships in the media & communications industry
provide participants with opportunities to gain experience
in the following areas:
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Event Planning
  • Sales and 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 is available containing useful information about housing, where to eat and places to visit is available, along with a set of frequently asked questions.


Listen to Dan Lovinger (BS'87), founder of VMA, provide advice about Careers in Media:


Networking Opportunities

Not only does the VMA program supply the chance to gain real-world experience, but also interns are introduced to a range of individuals in the media and communications industry. The program is an excellent way to build your network.

A weekly gathering of all VMA interns is held 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 (BS’87)
  • Mark Lazarus - Chairman, NBC Sports (BA’86)
  • Jim Balbirer - SVP, Business Development, Viacom (BA’89)
  • Melissa Levigne-Deville -  VP, Consumer Insights, NBCUniversal
  • Brian Featherstonehough - CEO, Ogilvy Direct
  • Monique Nelson - CEO, UniWorld Group (BS'95)
  • Willie Geist - Co-host, NBC's Today Show and MSNBC’s Morning Joe (BA'97)
  • Pat Fili-Krushel - Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
  • Steve Herz - President/Founding Partner, If Management (JD'91)


Academic Credit

Students participating in the VMA program must apply for and receive academic credit in a one-credit Vanderbilt course. 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 for the Summer 2014 cohort are closed. Check back in late January 2015 for information about the Summer 2015 cohort.


Additional Information


Curious about the difference between the Vandy-in-Hollywood Summer Internship Program (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.