Internships

Internships provide resume-building, hands-on experience and put students in an environment where they can apply their classroom training.  By working as an intern in Los Angeles, students gain a deeper understanding of how the West Coast communications and entertainment industry functions. Additionally, students start to build their professional networks which are invaluable when seeking employment after graduation.

Work Requirements

Fall and spring semesters

Students attending the Los Angeles Program in the fall and spring semesters must register for a 6 credit internship.  Students are required to work for 360 hours during the semester at their internships in order to meet the requirements for the 6 credits. 

Summer semester

Summer students have the option of registering for 3, 4 or 5 credits.  For each credit hour, students must work 60 hours over the course of the summer.
3-credit internship = 180 working hours
4-credit internship = 240 working hours
5-credit internship = 300 working hours

All internship classes are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Advisors

Each student will be assigned to a faculty member who will assist him/her with their internship search and serve as his/her advisor throughout the semester. Students meet with their advisor periodically to discuss their progress. Advisors are readily available to help students with any issues or concerns that might arise at their internship.

Internship Database

The Los Angeles program has an extensive database of available listings in 29 industry-related categories.  Feedback and referrals from prior interns are available at the Pendleton Center.

The internship database is available to students in the Los Angeles program as a starting place for finding an internship. Students choose from a variety of search options such as company name, category or job type. The database is updated frequently by the ICLA staff. We often rely on the students to forward any changes they know about or encounter during their own search or during their internships. Students are requested to email any changes they are aware of, such as new contact names or new site phone numbers, to laprogram@ithaca.edu.

Media Conglomerates

There are seven major media conglomerates which each have their own internship listings and application procedures. They are: NBCUniversal, Comcast Entertainment Group, ABC/Disney, MTV Networks (Viacom), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Network, and Time Warner. Follow this link for more information about each conglomerate and how to apply to each one. 

Credit Verification Request

Many internship sites request that you submit a letter stating that you are a student receiving college credit. We can easily provide this letter. All you need to do is submit the information to us, found on this page: /rhp/la/internships/creditverification/

Additional Internship Resources on the Web

Entertainmentcareers.net
This website, which is updated daily, lists internships in the major fields of communications. Be sure to click on "Internships" on the top of the home page.

mandy.com
Mandy.com lists film production and development internships.

  • Under "USA" click on "California-South"
  • Under "Jobs" click on "Click here to view production-jobs"

Los Angeles Craigslist

  • Under "jobs" click on "tv/film/video"
  • On the second line, click on "central la" or "SF valley"
  • Check box "internship" and hit "SEARCH"
  • You can also type the word "television" or "film" into the search engine.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Sessions

All ICLA students must complete a sexual harassment training workshop prior to beginning their internships. The Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance offers these workshops each semester.  The purpose of these training sessions is twofold.  We seek to educate students about sexual harassment so they will be know what to do if they are confronted with it and show them ways they can minimize or eliminate behaviors and actions which others could perceive as sexual harassment. Students who do not attend a workshop prior to arriving in Los Angeles will be able to attend training session during orientation in L.A. All sessions will be held in Textor 101.

2012/2013 Workshop Schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept 20 - 12:05-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 9 - 5:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday, November 1 - 12:05-1:00pm
  • Thursday, December 6 - 12:05-1:00pm
  • Tbhursday, January 31 - 12:05-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 20 - 5:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 21 - 12:05-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 24 - 5:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday, May 2 - 12:05pm - 1:00pm

Participating in a student internship can be an important part of every student's higher education experience. However, most students, both male and female, have no idea what to do when confronted with sexual harassment. Unwanted advancements or sexually explicitly gestures and jokes can be damaging to a student's confidence both during the internship and when seeking employment after graduation. In addition, many students are unaware when their own well-intentioned conduct is viewed as unprofessional and offensive, putting them in jeopardy both academically and professionally. Learn the basics of how to identify and respond to sexual harassment as well as how to avoid engaging in behavior that could be perceived as sexual harassment by others.

For more information, please see this page: /rhp/internships/harassment/