Internships are a central part of the SULA Summer and Semester programs. Internships provide students with real-world experiences and valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Interns learn entry-level skills, become exposed to professional environments, make connections and develop tools that will aid them as young professionals.
How will I get an internship?
The SULA Semester staff partners with each student to ensure they secure an internship for the semester.
All students are required to have a one-on-one meeting with the LA Semester Director to discuss areas of interest and potential internship placement. These appointments will take place in person (on main campus or at the SULA Center) or via Skype (for those students abroad and/or away from main campus).
Students will be required to submit their resume to the Director before she meets with you. All students should visit the Newhouse Career Development Center (CDC) and attend their seminar on Résumé & Cover Letter Writing. Students should also review these documents prior to writing their Résumé & Cover Letter: How to Organize a Résumé, Résumé Example and Cover Letter Basics.
Students should begin by pursuing internship opportunities on their own via the internet. The major media conglomerates all have formal internship programs with a variety of internships. These positions are very competitive and it is in the best interest of the student to immediately apply for any openings that are of interest. These opportunities are posted as they become available so it is important to continually check back on these websites.
Secondly, the SULA staff will post current internship opportunities and provide students with information regarding internships based on their expressed area of interest. Students will receive a job description, an overview of responsibilities and instructions on how to apply. This is not a guarantee of placement or acceptance. Each student will be responsible for sending in their resume and cover letter, securing an interview (in person, phone, or skype) and “closing the deal”. (See Internship Interviewing Tips)
Additionally, students should research opportunities at companies of interest and utilize any personal contacts. Since an internship is an essential component of the program, the SULA administration is dedicated to working with every student until they have secured an internship. EVERY student will have an internship.
How does the internship and internship class work (in the Fall & Spring)?
All SULA Semester students are required to intern 18 to 30 hours per week. You will register for your internship (TRF 475) for a minimum of one credit or maximum of 3 credits through MySlice at your appointed registration time. The Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Practicum is a required component of the program and must be taken in conjunction with your internship. The course is scheduled for Wednesday nights and is taught by the SULA Semester Director, Robin Forman Howard.
How does the internship and internship class work (in the Summer)?
All SULA Summer students are required to intern 24 to 40 hours per week. You will register for your internship (TRF 475) for one credit through MySlice at your appointed registration time. The Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Practicum is a required component of the program and must be taken in conjunction with your internship. The course meets three times during the summer and is taught by the SULA Semester Director, Robin Forman Howard.
What do I do now that I have secured my internship?
• Review the document titled, “What to include in your initial internship duties conversation” in your pre-departure packet.
• At the SULA Orientation meeting you will be provided with an Internship Site Agreement (to complete with your Supervisor and return to SULA) and instructions on how to register your internship on Handshake.