Our internship network is growing all the time, thanks to the help of our Career Services Center, our new Film Biz Hub, and the fact that a number of A-List movies and TV shows are shot right here on campus. The Film School and Career Services continually develop new connections to make sure that you get hands-on professional experience before you leave campus.
We make it a goal to get as many students interning in Garson Studios, our on-campus professional sound stages, as often as possible – but there’s also film production across the state of New Mexico where we can place you, and pre-production and post-production opportunities abound. Out-of-state interning is also available. (How does Broadway sound? NBC? Triple-A videogame development?) You get the point: we want you working. Internships are a graduation requirement in the Film School – your internship is a promise, not a stroke of luck.
During the summer of 2015, we had 14 students placed in Los Angeles, employed at the following locations:
- Shaan Sharma Casting
- Whitaker Entertainment
- Beachwood Drive Productions / Steve Gleason Documentary
- Stan & Deliver Productions
- Venezia Films
- Broken Road Productions
- New Birch Productions
- Macro Entertainment
- Intellectual Artist Management
- Beauregard Casting
- Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles
During the summer of 2014, we had students placed in Los Angeles:
Daeja Jackson was placed at Whitaker Entertainment, under Executive Producer Jim Whitaker (8 Mile, Friday Night Lights, and more). Daeja’s duties at Whitaker included reading scripts (20 total) and writing coverage for these. She covered the assistant’s desk, answered phones for an extremely busy office, organized, scanned and emailed necessary clients, and discussed scripts with Whitaker’s assistant as well as a Creative Producer at the company.
Peter Crowder was placed at Zeno Documentary Partners, under Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). Peter’s duties at Guggenheim included working with the post-production team for Davis’s latest documentary, an Untitled Malala Yousafzai Project. His duties included logging footage & clips, researching, finding and downloading clips or images for editing/animation, watching versions of films and reading transcripts for errors, transcribing footage, delivering drives, and assisting with daily office duties.
Students also had entertainment and education opportunities, which included:
- Attending the 25th Anniversary of Do The Right Thing with Spike Lee and others, including a screening of the film and Q&A session.
- Auditing an acting class with one of LA’s top acting teachers, Karen Austin, whose credits include The Rum Diary and Star Trek: Voyager.
- Enjoying an evening of Improv comedy at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
- Visiting JJ Abram’ Bad Robot production company - including an extensive private tour!
- Acting as Production Assistants for an industry table read, which included producers, investors, and professional actors.
- Lunch at Disney with Executive Vice President of Production, Sam Dickerman (who is currently working on the next Pirates of the Caribbean film).
- A day at the CCA, one of the top talent agencies in the world, to better understand the world of casting.
“I now understand the relationship between art and business. This internship helped me see that. The business side of making movies no longer scares or intimidates me. My eyes are open to new job opportunities and places in the industry where I know I can be a good fit.” - Peter Crowder, August 2014