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Los Angeles


My SULA Summer Experience

By Allison Nelson

July 2022

Hi! My name is Allie Nelson and I’m a rising senior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, studying Computer Art and Animation and Art History with a minor in Architecture at Syracuse. This summer, I’m interning at the Operating Room, a small production company based in LA. This last month I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn about the entertainment industry and how it’s changing and to gain firsthand experience with coverage (reading scripts, comics, and pitches for shows or movies for future development), developing scripts, and graphic design for future projects. It has been such a rewarding experience so far, and even though my work is not in person, I’ve been able to bond with my coworkers and really feel like part of a team. This program has given me the opportunity to meet other SU students who aspire to work in the entertainment industry, as well as network with Syracuse alumni (including my boss) and so many amazing people who play big roles in the industry. Our apartment is located right in the middle of Los Angeles, just a 15-minute drive (not counting the delightful LA traffic) from Hollywood and Vine. When I’m not working at my internship or in class, I’ve been exploring LA and Southern California. So far, I’ve been to quite a few beaches, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visited the Grove and the original farmer’s market in LA, and I’ve spent a weekend camping in Joshua Tree National Park, and I plan on exploring much more of Southern California in the next month! Overall, this program has been an amazing experience, and we’re only halfway through the summer, there’s so much more to see and learn!