What is the Entertainment Industry Internship Progam? This program matches Hampshire students who are serious about pursuing careers in film, video, music, and other media with alums who are currently working in those fields. Alums provide summer internship opportunities for those students.
Who can apply? Internships are open to all Hampshire students, including those graduating this year.
What are my chances of getting an internship through this program? Very good. Typically over half of the students who apply get an internship. While some of the internships require special skills, most employers are simply looking for reliable people who are willing to work hard and learn.
How does this program benefit Hampshire students? Students who do internships through this program get a "real world" look at daily life in the entertainment industry. Students build skills, make connections, develop research/project topics, and affirm or change their career paths. Interning with a Hampshire alum is a unique opportunity for students to work with someone in the industry who is interested in supporting their growth and success.
What are the Program Requirements?
As a participant in the Entertainment Industry Internship Program, you are required to do the following:
1. Complete the internship you accept, barring any emergency
2. Conduct a mid-internship check-in with your supervisor
3. Write a thank you letter to your supervisor
4. Fill out our online internship report form
The intern packet will tell you everything you need to know about how to complete the requirements, get credit for the internship, and have a successful internship experience. Make sure you look at it before you start your internship!
Where are the internships?
Internships are often in New York. There have also been some in Amherst, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, D.C., and North Carolina.
Do interns get paid?
Most internships through this program are unpaid. Many internships provide some kind of compensation such as transportation, food while on the job, or a small stipend at the end of the internship. Occasionally an internship will pay an hourly wage or provide housing.
Is there any funding available to help students do an unpaid internship? In 2009, some funding was available through The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Internship Grant, and we are hoping to receive that funding again in 2010. Students doing EIIP internships have first priority for receiving funding, and the average award in 2009 was $625. The grant only funds internships focused on theatrical motion picture production (movies intended for the big screen.) Internships focused on television or the Internet are not eligible.
How do interns find housing?
Interns find housing in many different ways, including living at home; living with a friend or relative; using craigslist and other housing listings; and living with other Hampshire students. Click here for more information about finding housing.
How does the application process work? Students apply for the program through HampLink, our online internship database. Each internship has its own application requirements.
Will I get credit for the internship? You can easily include the internship on your Hampshire transcript by submitting an evaluation letter from your internship supervisor to the Central Records Office. If you would like the internship to be included in your Div II or Div III portfolio, you must arrange this with your committee.
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