David Stern and Stuart Gibbs, writers for film, TV, books, theater and other media

It has never been easy to break into show business, especially as a writer. Now, you have the chance to work for two professional writers who can help you learn how the business works. Be aware that this is a very unstructured internship; David and Stuart will often not know what they are going to need from you until they need it -- and there will most likely be stretches of time where you will have nothing to do. Nothing. Unless, of course, you are a self-starter who has projects of your own to work on (eg. a script), or can weasel your way into making yourself invaluable and thus create new and exciting possibilities. They are looking for competent, creative individuals who know how to manage their time well. If you are the type of person who needs a rigid schedule, this is not the internship for you.

Previous interns have gone on to work in TV, theater and publishing, all through connections they have made at this internship and recommendations they have received from David and Stuart. The interns that have been most successful have been willing to ask for advice and work on their own projects when not occupied by internship related tasks.

Because these writers' schedules are always in flux they can not predict exactly what they will be working on next summer, but the following are things an intern can expect to work on:

Finally, anyone selected for this internship will be required to complete a writing project of their choice over the summer: a screenplay, TV script, novel or play. (If you’ve already begun work on something like this, great! Here’s your chance to finish it.) David and Stuart will offer advice and guidance through the process.

Projects that the screenwriters will (probably) be working on next summer:

About the Writers

Stuart Gibbs has written scripts for every studio in Hollywood, including the movies See Spot Run, Repli-Kate,. He has also developed television shows for Fox, ABC, the WB, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Although he still works in TV and film, he now primarily writes middle grade novels. He has written ‘Belly Up,’ ‘Spy School,’ and the ‘Last Musketeer’ trilogy. The final book of that trilogy -- and ‘Spy Camp,’ the sequel to ‘Spy School’ -- will both be out in spring 2013. He is currently working on three more books for 2014 & 2015.

David I. Stern began his career working on the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Nick & Nora, and Big. He was soon infected with the desire to put pen to paper and wrote the plays Dreams & Stuff and Finders of Lost Luggage. After a small detour into directing with the New York revival of Starting Here, Starting Now (nominated for a MAC Award) and a stint with The American Project at Circle in the Square, he transitioned into radio by writing for NPR's The 1990's Radio Hour and a Half. Following the particularly cold winter of 1996, David migrated west to write numerous movies including: Geppetto (nominated for four Emmy Awards), Open Season 2 ( nominated for an Annie Award), Open Season 3 (which he also executive produced) as well as the upcoming animated features Henry and Me, The Hotel Transylvania, Punk farm and Turkeys (which he is also producing). David is a regular on the punch-up/re-write circuit, and has contributed to many motion pictures including: First Daughter, The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Tinkerbell 3, Open Season, and The Hotel Transylvania. He has recently returned to the Disney mother-ship where he is working on numerous TV and movie projects. Unable to stay away from live theater for too long, David just completed the finishing touches for the stage musicals Snapshots and My Son Pinocchio with longtime collaborator and renowned songwriter Stephen Schwartz.