Location: New York, NY

Founded: 1981


On August 1, 1981, television launched the music video star. Rather than being the death of radio, MTV defined a pop culture generation and has continued to be a trend leader for three decades. The television enterprise invented the VJ, premiered arguably the first reality TV show, and challenged young people to become more politically active through the Rock the Vote campaign.

Notable Products

  • MTV2
  • MTVN International
  • MTVU
  • Tr3s: MTV Latin America


What to Expect

This is the quintessentially young-and-fun company; it has a casual environment, flexible schedules, and trendy culture. Employees enjoy perks like an on-site cafeteria (the Lodge, in Times Square), private movie screenings, and tuition reimbursement. Of course, celebrity-spotting is a favorite pastime around the office. Most people would easily recognize the New York television studio housed in the MTV headquarters, but the company also operates offices in Santa Monica, Chicago, and Miami. As part of the Viacom family, MTV Networks has acquired television brands like Spike TV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central.

More than 7,000 people are employed by MTV, many on a “permalance” or contract-to-hire basis; positions range from segment producer to web developer, research analyst, publicist, software engineer, and storyboard artist. Interviews for potential candidates typically include a phone interview with a human resources representative, then a one-on-one interview with the hiring manager for the specific department. The company recruits heavily on college campuses, and has an intensive internship program designed to groom students for entry-level positions within the company. The Summer Associate Program is a 10-week paid training experience for those interested in a career in digital marketing, web production and development, product development and digital business. This program seeks talented individuals with a passion for new media and skills to put their digital know-how to work for television, music and game brands. 



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