Internship Categories

Applications for summer 2019 are being accepted through January 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM PT. Click here to apply.

AGENCY
Site: Agency for representation of actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers.
Activities: Phones, general office, meetings.
Minimum Requirements: Liberal arts/business background, writing ability, verbal and social skills. Strong desire to enter agency or entertainment management.
Open to all class levels.


ANIMATION
Site: Production company.
Activities: Observe and participate in art and artistry of visual effects and character animation. Overview of hand-drawn animation process.
Desirable background: Art, theater arts, film, writing, photography.
All applicants must upload a video link of work samples showing animation of characters, props, etc., as well as a storyboard.
Open to all class levels.


CASTING
Site: Studio casting department or office of casting director.
Activities: Exposure to the casting process including arranging readings, heavy phones, clerical
Desirable background: Organizational and people skills. Knowledge of television, movies and theatre. Liberal arts, communication background, computer literate, good memory.
Open to all class levels.


CHOREOGRAPHY
Site: Scripted or variety/reality TV dance show(s) and/or rehearsal studio(s).
Activities: Observe day-to-day workings of television dance choreographers. Exposure to rehearsals, pre-production, production and possibly post production.
All applicants required to upload a video link of work choreographed independently – NOT with a partner (no more than 2 min. in total.) See category description within application form for details.
As this is an internship for television choreography, the ideal candidate has experience designing work for the camera. Therefore, do not submit anything shot by a single stationary camera (including solos, duets or groups on a stage). Submissions MUST be comprised of work choreographed specifically for camera.
Open to all class levels.


CINEMATOGRAPHY
Site: TV/Film studio.
Activities: Exposure to primetime television production and equipment handling. Observation and assistance of the director of photography during pre-production, location/studio shooting and post production color correction.
Minimum Requirements: Strong motion picture/video/photography background.
All applicants required to upload a video link of work samples (no more than 5 min. in total.) Original work can be film, digital or tape.
Open to graduating seniors and graduate students only.


DESIGN CATEGORIES:

  • ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION
    Site:
    Design studio and art department of major network production and multiple pilot productions.
    Activities:
    Exposure to production design, construction, set decoration and property sourcing, budgeting, and creative participation in productions adapted for TV production.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Background in Fine Art, Theatre Set Design, and/or Architecture. Knowledge of simple construction and drafting is preferred.
    DIGITAL PORTFOLIO REQUIRED. See category description within application form for details.
    Open to all class levels.

  • COSTUME DESIGN
    Site:
    Select wardrobe departments, studios and independent companies.
    Activities:
    Observe day-to-day workings of industry related venues such as costume rental facilities, custom-made costume houses. Some exposure to television pre-production/production, and/or music videos.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Theatre costume design and/or fashion design background with a focus on storytelling and character development and practical production work on at least 3 realized productions.
    DIGITAL PORTFOLIO REQUIRED. See category description within application form for details.
    Open to all class levels.

DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES:

  • ANIMATION
    Site:
    Digital production studio or production company.
    Activities:
    Exposure can range from show development, to front-end story/design/asset build or back-end animation/lighting and effects.
    Desirable background:
    Film/Cinema, Animation, Communications, Media Studies or related majors. Must have an interest in artistic animation and the animation process.
    Open to all class levels, EXCEPT graduating seniors or graduate students in their final year.

  • CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
    Site:
    Network, cable.
    Activities:
    Overview of development and production of animated and live action children's programs with a focus on preschool age. Review of scripts and process of selling ideas to the networks and cable.
    Desirable background:
    Literature, Arts, Communications, Children's Entertainment and Education.
    Open to all class levels.

  • MOVIES FOR TELEVISION
    Site:
    Studio or production company.
    Activities:
    Observe and participate (where applicable) in the evaluation of program ideas and literary material, selection of writers and oversight of movies for television script development.
    Desirable background: Creative writing, literature, theatre arts. Liberal Arts/Communications.
    Open to all class levels.

  • SCRIPTED SERIES
    Site:
    Studio or production company.
    Activities:
    Observe and participate (where applicable) in the evaluation of scripted program ideas and literary material, selection of writers and oversight of script development.
    Desirable background:
    Creative writing, literature, theatre arts. Liberal Arts/Communications.
    Open to all class levels.

  • UNSCRIPTED TELEVISION
    Site:
    Production company or studio.
    Activities:
    Assist in development of unscripted programs. Work with production company and/or network programming staff in conception and execution of programs.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Demonstrated knowledge of unscripted programs.
    Open to all class levels.

  • VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY
    Site:
    Studio or production company.
    Activities:
    Observe and participate (where applicable) in the evaluation of program ideas, development and literary/experience materials, selection of developers and creatives and oversight of content development.
    Desirable background:
    Production, research, writing, and knowledge of VR technology.
    Open to all class levels.

DIRECTING
Site: May be single-camera OR multi-camera TV series or production company.
Activities: Overview of directing process with possible exposure to casting, production meetings, location scouting and shooting. Observe productions such as series, movies for television, late-night.
Minimum Requirements: Courses in directing and editing; experience on electronic cameras.
All applicants required to upload a video link of one continuous scene (no more than 2 min. in total) Original work can be film, digital or tape. NOTE: Due to production schedules, this internship usually starts in late July/early August.
Open to graduating seniors and grad students only.


EDITING
Site: Studio or production company.
Activities: Observe post production of episodic, reality, variety, TV movie or mini-series. Exposure to film/tape non-linear, color correction and motion graphics systems. Opportunities to sit with editors and learn how the offline process, online and color correction process, and deliverables process works.
Minimum Requirements: Film and tape editing courses.
All applicants required to upload a video link of work samples (no more than 5 min. in total.)
Open to all class levels.


INTERACTIVE MEDIA (NEW MEDIA, SOCIAL)
Site: Network, studio, production company.
Activities: Emphasis on new media, social and digital content. This will either be in the creation of web, mobile and digital content, or marketing television and entertainment content on a digital and social level.
Minimum Requirements: Courses in TV/Film/Interactive media production, creative writing/storytelling and/or entertainment marketing/communications. Familiarity with interactive technologies and/or social platforms a plus.
Open to all class levels.

LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Site: Studio, network, law firm or independent production company legal/business department.
Activities: Observation inside the legal and business aspects of the television industry. May include exposure to and participation in the negotiation for the acquisition of source material, engagement of talent agreements (on-screen, writer/producer and directors) and license agreements between networks and studios. May also include a look at the budgeting process, intellectual property, distribution, music, labor and litigation issues related to the production of television programming.
Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students only.


MARKETING
Site: Television or cable network marketing department, studio/television production division marketing department, independent agency specializing in marketing, promotions, brand strategy.
Activities: Marketing campaign brainstorming, conception and strategy for television programs, with emphasis on launching new season programs and line-up; executing marketing, advertising, promotional campaigns across traditional print, outdoor, radio, television as well as digital and mobile platforms.
Requirements:
Strong creative writing and communications skills. Radio and television production and/or computer graphics and design experience a plus.
Open to all class levels.


MUSIC
Site: Production company and studio.
Activities: Music production (electronic and orchestral), orchestration, sound design, recording, music editing, studio set-up, software and hardware installation.
Minimum Requirements: Music background, strong interest in music for TV/Film, orchestral and electronic aptitude and experience, familiarity with music production software.
All applicants must upload a video link of original composition(s) (no more than 5 min in total) that underscore video, as well as a paragraph explaining the context of the scene(s).
Open to all class levels.


NEWS CATEGORIES:

  • BROADCAST NEWS
    Site:
    Local Los Angeles TV news station.
    Activities:
    Overview of broadcast journalism including observation and participation in day-to-day operations of a major market television news department. Areas include assignment desk, production control room, web operations, field assignments with news crews. Intern will interact and work alongside on-air and segment producers, online producers, editors, newswriters, anchors, and occasionally travel with reporters for stories and live remotes. Duties may include attending production meetings, researching news topics, aiding in the planning of news series, viewing and logging tape and transcribing interviews.
    Open to all class levels EXCEPT graduating seniors or graduate students in their final year.

  • ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
    Site:
    Production facility, television news organization.
    Activities:
    Observation of and some participation in day-to-day entertainment industry newsgathering, writing and/or broadcasting activities. Will work in a variety of areas and interact with the assignment desk, producers, writers, reporters and editors. NOTE: THIS INTERNSHIP IS NOT FOR THOSE ASPIRING TO BE ON-AIR TALENT.
    Minimum Requirements:
    TV production and journalism courses, basic computer skills. Should be social media savvy and know how to use Twitter, Google+/YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
    Open to all class levels.

PHYSICAL PRODUCTION/BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Site: Network, studio, production company.
Activities: Observe and assist a production executive and their department's oversight of the physical production of multiple television programs in various stages of development, pre-production, production, post production, airing and/or distribution. Interact with productions and other departments such as Programming (Development & Current), Budgeting & Finance, Publicity & Promotion, Product Placement, Standards & Practice, Marketing, Merchandising & Distribution. Observe television production from both the show and corporate point of view.
Minimum Requirements: TV/Film major, computer skills.
Open to all class levels.

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES:

  • COMMERCIALS
    Sites: Commercial advertising agency, production company and editorial facility.
    Activities:
    Participate in commercial conception, organization, production and post production of commercials.
    Minimum Requirements:
    TV/Film production major/minor.
    Open to all class levels.

  • DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION
    Site:
    Production company or cable network.
    Activities:
    Exposure to production of documentaries and/or unscripted specials, segments or series. Can include research, studio/location production, and post production.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Background in documentary production, research, writing, computer skills.
    Open to all class levels.

  • LIVE TELEVISION
    Site:
    Production offices and event location.
    Activities:
    Work with producers during pre-production and night of live production for broadcast. Duties include phones, script organization, clerical, audio/video help and production assistant-type work.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Good organizational skills and ability to work with a team.
    THIS INTERNSHIP WILL TAKE PLACE LATE JULY THROUGH MID-SEPTEMBER.
    Open to all class levels.

  • MOVIES FOR TELEVISION
    Site: Production company.
    Activities:
    Subject to scheduling, will cover pre-production, production, production assistant duties.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Production background, commitment to career in television.
    Open to all class levels.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Site: Studio or production company. May be either episodic OR reality.
Activities: Organizing, scheduling, and budgeting of productions, some production assistant and general office duties.
Minimum Requirements: TV/Film major, computer skills.
Open to all class levels.


PROGRAM PLANNING & SCHEDULING
Site: Television network.
Activities: Observe the decision making process of creating the network's primetime schedule, participate (where applicable) in the evaluation of program acquisitions, and help keep track of competitive entertainment landscape.
Desirable background:
Creative or business related, but must have a passion for television and a working knowledge of programs currently on the air.
Open to all class levels.


PUBLIC RELATIONS/PUBLICITY
Site: Public relations firm and/or entertainment company in-house PR department.
Activities: Research and write news releases, assist in contacting all media press, attend meetings and news events.
Minimum Requirements: Strong writing skills. Major or minor must be in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, Publicity or English.
Open to all class levels.


SOUND
Site: Audio post production facility.
Activities: Exposure to all aspects of production and post production sound. Possible exposure to production sound on-set. Sound editing, supervision, mixing, transfer and studio management techniques, sound effects, music, foley and dialogue.
Minimum Requirements: Some music and/or sound effects editing and mixing experience desired. Basic understanding of electronics, sound equipment and computers.
Open to all class levels.


WRITING CATEGORIES:

  • COMEDY
    Site:
    TV series or network.
    Activities:
    Overview of writing process. May include idea inception, story meetings, revision and production.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Strong writing background.
    Applicants must submit a PDF of an original scene (maximum of four pages) from a current comedy or drama series, which must include a logline and the network or cable channel on which the series airs.
    Applicants should research most current scriptwriting formats for appropriate style per genre. Upon notification, finalists must submit a PDF of a completed original script (series episode, long form, or play).
    Open to all class levels.

  • DRAMA
    Site:
    TV series or network.
    Activities:
    Overview of writing process. May include idea inception, story meetings, revision and production.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Strong writing background.
    Applicants must submit a PDF of an original scene (maximum of four pages) from a current comedy or drama series, which must include a logline and the network or cable channel on which the series airs.
    Applicants should research most current scriptwriting formats for appropriate style per genre. Upon notification, finalists must submit a PDF of a completed original script (series episode, long form, or play).
    Open to all class levels.

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