RealArts@Penn internship with David Stern and Stuart Gibbs, Writers for film, TV, books and theater

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. However, as web presence is becoming a bigger and bigger part of writing these days, they are actively looking for someone with knowledge of how to create and edit websites as well as generating other ideas for internet promotion. This is not an office job. 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 writers will (probably) be working on this summer:

About the Writers

Stuart Gibbs Stuart Gibbs is a New York Times bestselling novelist who writes for middle grade readers. His books include the FunJungle series, the Spy School series, the Moon Base Alpha series and the 'Last Musketeer' trilogy. He has written scripts for every studio in Hollywood, including the movies See Spot Run and Repli-Kate -- and he has developed television shows for Fox, ABC, the WB, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Next year, his books 'Panda-Monium' and 'Spy School: Secret Service' will come out, and he is contracted to write two books a year through 2020.

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), Free Birds (which he also executive produced), Henry & Me (nominated for an Annie Award), as well as the upcoming animated feature Punk Farm. 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. In addition, he recently produced the documentary Roadmap Genesis, now available on DVD.

For the stage, David wrote the musicals Snapshots and My Son Pinocchio with longtime collaborator and renowned songwriter Stephen Schwartz. He has helped finance several Broadway shows including Wicked, Next to Normal, The Pee Wee Herman Show, and If/Then; and is currently producing the upcoming original musical Dear Evan Hansen.

For television, David wrote and produced on the series Mozart in the Jungle (winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series).