Internships are an excellent way to test out different career opportunities in the field of Media Arts and Culture.
First stop on your search should be our Current Internships page. All direct inquiries to the department about interns are posted here. Also check out the Career Development Center's Internships Page to get the specifics on the internship registration process and to see what programs Occidental already has working relationships with. Also be sure to check out the paid summer internship experiences offered through the CDC's Intern LA and Intern PDX programs, which include a number of arts and media site partnerships.
2-unit internships (and 0-unit summer internships--a way for you to assert student status to a provider without having to pay for units in summer) are administered through the Career Development Center. You and your MAC faculty supervisor will fill out an Internship Credit Form together (accessible here) making sure you have clear goals and strategies. This serves as a contract of expectations and opportunities with your internship company. It is recommended that rather than taking any internship that students talk one-on-one with their Media Arts and Culture advisor about seeking an internship experience that will be truly valuable and linked in to concrete professional aims or questions.
It is strongly recommended that students wait until junior and senior year to take advantage of targeted internship experiences benefiting from a solid grounding in coursework and more rarified senses of possible career routes. Also think outside the box in terms of what a career in Media Arts and Culture might be. Beyond the standard studio and production company internships, have you thought about film festival curation, film restoration, media production for non-profits or community-based organizations, museum film programs, editing, sound design, online distribution platforms and social software sites, etc? Think outside the box and seek out an internship specific to you, rather than simply entering the labor mill of some large company.
The links listed suggest a range of possible places to begin seeking out internship opportunities. Some are national resources, others are more geographically particular. These should get you started though. The list is by no means comprehensive. If you find other resources, by all means let the Cage or your Professors know so that we can revise and expand this list.
Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Advice:
The Career Development Center has a range of resume and cover letter resources. They also provide a range of workshops and opportunites to sign up for one-on-one counseling sessions and mock interviews.
Kate Lupo's EntryLevelHollywood.com provides a downloadable e-book of tips on applying for entertainment internships.
Allison Green's AskAManager.org provides useful cover letter tips.
The Anonymous Production Assistant's blog (http://www.anonymousproductionassistant.com) provides a range of application advice as well as the UTA (United Talent Agency) Job List (which includes internship and job listings on a weekly basis).
In Los Angeles:
Indeed.com (weekly list-serve of LA internships)
The UTA (United Talent Agency) Job List (weekly list-serve of jobs and internships)
LA County Arts Commission Internships (paid summer internships)
Getty Multicultural Internships (paid summer internships)
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Program (paid summer internships)
Outfest OutSet Young Filmmakers Program
Time Warner (HBO, Turner, Warner Brothers)
Mandy.com (all production and industry jobs searchable by location)
Temp Agencies: Some like Apple One and Friedman Personnel in Los Angeles place people specifically in industry settings.
Look to the Websites of professional unions or organizations: (even if they don’t list internships, show at a monthly meeting or call to get on a list of potential PA’s)
In various cities:
Independent Feature Project (IFP) has listing and chapter in New York, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Minnesota
NBC/Universal (Various Cities)
Viacom (MTV. Nckelodeon, etc. various locations )
In New York:
In Northern California:
- Phone: 323-259-2749
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: Weingart 109