Summer Internships

2022 Internships may be in-person, hybrid or remote, depending on the opportunity, and are subject to change. As a condition of employment, the Academy Foundation will require all in-person or hybrid-work interns to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

The Foundation will offer paid, eight-week, full-time internships in 16 disciplines across the television industry to students currently enrolled in colleges/universities nationwide

Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for the following opportunities: 

Interns will also receive weekly online evening professional development including panels with television industry leaders, customized seminars on building your brand and navigating the job market ahead and access to Foundation alumni as you build your career.

Applications open in November

Finalist notifications will be made in mid-March

Internships will take place June 20 - August 12, 2022

NOTE: The Cinematography, Directing, Production (Live Television and Scripted) and Scriptwriting categories may take place mid-July - mid-September.


Categories

AGENCY
Site: Agency for representation of actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers
Activities: Answering phones, shadowing and attending meetings
Desirable background: Strong desire to enter agency or entertainment management. Liberal Arts/Business background, strong written, verbal and social skills.
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 or Communication background, good memory.
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.
Desirable background: 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

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.
Desirable background: 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
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.
Desirable background: 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

Open to all class levels

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
Site: Network, cable
Activities: Overview of development and production of animated and live action children's programs. Review of scripts and process of selling ideas to the networks and cable.
Desirable background: Literature, Arts, Communications, Children's Entertainment and Education

 

SCRIPTED
Site: Studio or production company
Activities: Observe and participate (where applicable) in the evaluation of scripted programs and/or movies for television ideas and literary material, selection of writers and oversight of script development.
Desirable background: Creative Writing, Literature, Theatre Arts, Liberal Arts, Communications

 

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.
Desirable background: Organizational and people skills. Knowledge and understanding of unscripted programs.


DIRECTING
Site: Single-camera or multi-camera TV production
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.
Desirable background: 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

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION UNSCRIPTED PROGRAM
 

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.
Desirable background: 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

 

FOSTER FORWARD INITIATIVE
 

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.
Desirable background: 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



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
Desirable background: 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

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.
Desirable background: 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



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.
Desirable background: TV Production and Journalism courses. 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.
Desirable background: TV/Film major, Business background a plus
Open to all class levels


Production

Open to all class levels

ANIMATION
Site: Digital production studio or production company
Activities: Observe and participate with professionals dedicated to the art and artistry of visual effects and character animation. Overview of the animation process - hand-drawn (cel) or computer generated. You must indicate your preference between the two animation styles.
Desirable background: Art, Theater Arts, Film, Writing, Photography. For computer generated animation, computer and 3D skills, computer character setup and animation, effects animation and lighting a plus. All applicants must upload a video link of work samples showing animation of characters, props, etc., NOT just special effects (no more than 5 min in total). Storyboard is mandatory for hand-drawn animation. NO SLIDES.



COMMERCIALS
Sites: Commercial advertising agency, production company and editorial facility
Activities: Participate in conception, organization, production and post production of commercials
Desirable background: TV/Film Production major/minor



DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION/UNSCRIPTED
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.
Desirable background: Background in Documentary Production, Research, Writing, computer skills



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.
Desirable background: Good organizational skills and ability to work with a team.



SCRIPTED
Site: Production company
Activities: Subject to scheduling, will cover pre-production, production, production assistant duties for series and/or movies for television.
Desirable background: Production background, strong desire to pursue a career in television production.



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


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
Desirable background: TV/Film major, strong organizational and communication skills, Business background a plus
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
Desirable background: Strong writing skills. Major or minor 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.
Desirable background: Some music and/or sound effects editing and mixing experience desirable. Basic understanding of electronics and sound equipment.
Open to all class levels

 

STAR TREK COMMAND TRAINING PROGRAM


Writing

COMEDY
Site: TV series or network
Activities: Overview of writing process. May include idea inception, story meetings, revision and production.
Desirable background: Strong writing background. Applicants must submit a PDF of an original scene (maximum of four pages) from a current comedy series, which must include a logline and the network, cable or streaming service 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.
Desirable background: Strong writing background. Applicants must submit a PDF of an original scene (maximum of four pages) from a current drama series, which must include a logline and the network, cable or streaming service 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


See where our Internship Program can take you!


updated 11.9.21

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