MTV Public Affairs

The public affairs team at MTV is charged with using the network’s superpowers for good. The group develops and manages multi-platform social change initiatives that empower America’s youth to have an impact on the biggest challenges facing their generation. The MTV public affairs group works with every department across the network – including programming, digital, social, mobile, MTV News, marketing, sales, press, MTV2, and mtvU.

Our campaigns include the Emmy-winning “Look Different,” MTV’s newest anchor campaign helping America’s youth to better recognize and challenge hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT biases; mtvU’s Peabody-winning “Half of Us,” which attacks the stigma that’s made suicide the number two killer of college students; and many more. This summer our interns will play a crucial role in our upcoming election campaign, which will engage young people in the political process and amplify millennials’ voices on the issues they care about most.

Viacom  is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. With more than160 channels worldwide, Viacom owns and operates favorites including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, VH1,Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Tr3s,GameTrailers, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Logo, Nick Jr.,TeenNick, ParentsConnect, Nicktoons, BET, and Paramount.

A Viacom Internship allows college students to work in an innovative, progressive, fast-paced and professional environment. Students are exposed to all levels of the company, which has proven to be an invaluable experience to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Viacom is committed to diversifying our organization. Embracing differences is an integral part of our culture, and a key element of our success is creating and maintaining an inclusive environment.

2015 Director's Intern Reflection:

My internship in the Public Affairs department at MTV has been an engaging and informative opportunity to learn about public service within a major corporation. The team here is quite small, which means that even as an intern, you get to contribute in meaningful ways to a variety of projects. Despite the size of the department, the output is huge – in my first four weeks, we launched a new online platform where people can post and chat about different biases, announced a major documentary that premiered over the summer, created an app-like tool that helps you to calculate the privileges you may or may not experience, and planned for an event with the White House.

My work has mostly been research – creating “one-sheets” that will eventually go online as an educational resource on issues ranging from “LGBT Hate-Crimes” to “Women in Sports.” I’ve also started writing and publishing to the website of our campaign “Look Different,” which examines racial, gender and anti-LGBT biases and explores how we can overcome our own biases. Every day, I find 4-5 relevant news stories that have to do with one of those three umbrella topics and write copy that accompanies the links. I’ve learned a lot about the news cycle, and how stories become viral, as well as how to write effective and interesting copy. I’ve also gotten to sit in on brainstorm meetings for new projects coming up, and even contributed ideas for names and features. If you are someone who wants to see how public service fits into one of the largest entertainment/media companies, MTV Public Affairs would be a great place for you. 

-Eriko Kay '16

New York City, NY
Advocacy/Policy, Communications/Press