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  • Locations: Los Angeles, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
  • Courses Approved
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring 2019 05/15/2018
08/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 12/01/2018
02/01/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/01/2018
02/01/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Eligibility: Junior, Sophomore
External Students: I am a Fairfield student Internships: No
Program Description:
The Los Angeles Study Away Program provides students with direct learning insights and professional work experiences in the media and entertainment industries. This program exposes students to what the experience of living and working professionally in Los Angeles might be like. Internship opportunities span a broad spectrum including film, television, advertising, public relations, and entertainment management. Coursework includes Industry Perspectives, a guest-lecture series frequently visited by recent Academy Award winner William Goldenberg.

Program Highlights

  • Intern at major entertainment, film, TV, talent, PR or music companies for college credit (check out the list of internship placements or read the internship FAQs)
  • Take courses that provide a variety of perspectives on the entertainment industry from entry-level to executive
  • Be exposed to opportunities for networking, career entry strategies and other career resources
  • Attend major industry events and visit leading entertainment companies
  • Live in Hollywood, in the heart of the entertainment industry


Below is a list of internships held by recent participants in the Los Angeles Study Away Program.  Note that while opportunities vary from one semester to another, there is always a range of internships to apply for in the categories below.  Successful placement depends on the student’s qualifications and experience, as well as the quality and timeliness of the application and interview.  While all students in the program have ultimately secured internships, there is no guarantee of placement with any particular company.

The L.A. Internship Program guides and directly assists with the internship process in your specific areas of interest. Multiple placements are encouraged (minimum 2 days per week).

Students have recently interned in these fields:

Broadcast Journalism
Commercial Production
Costume Design/Wardrobe Department
Digital/Web-based Media
Documentary Filmmaking
Entertainment Reporting
Event Planning
Fashion Design and PR
Feature Film Production
Film Festivals
Film and Television Development
Graphic Design
Industry Organizations and Guilds
Marketing and Branding
Music production, promotion, and licensing
Music supervision
Post production
Print Journalism
Production Design
Public Relations
Reality TV
Sound Design
Studio TV Production
Talent and Management Agencies
Visual Effects

Students have recently interned with these companies, among many others:

Abso Lutely Productions
BBC Worldwide
Cartoon Network
CBS Paramount
Conan O’Brien
Dick Clark Productions
The Hollywood Reporter
New Wave Entertainment
Nightbird Recording Studios
Participant Media
Skydance  Productions
Stan Rosenfield & Associates PR
Turner Broadcasting
USA Network
Warner Bros.

Film and Television:

There are many different types of internships available in film and television, both in the office (script development, animation, post production) and on set (production).

Students have worked as production assistants on independent features, studio TV productions and made-for-TV movies in various capacities.  Interns have served as director’s assistants, camera assistants, art department assistants, grips, wardrobe assistants and production office support.

Feature Film Development

Color Force (The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
Endgame Entertainment (Side Effects, Looper, An Education)
Groundswell Productions (Sideways, Thirteen, Milk)
Mandalay Pictures (Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Les Miserables)
Mandate Pictures (Juno, This is the End, Paradise)
Millennium Films (The Expendables, Olympus Has Fallen)
The Montecito Picture Company (I Love You, Man, Hitchcock, Up In the Air)
Muse Productions (The Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, Spring Breakers)
New Horizon Pictures (Roger Corman)
Offspring Entertainment (Hairspray, Rock of Ages)
Participant Media (The Help, Food, Inc., Syriana)
Silver Pictures (The Matrix, Sherlock Holmes)
Skydance Productions (World War Z, True Grit, Jack Reacher)
Strike Entertainment (Dawn of the Dead, Children of Men, RoboCop)
Trigger Street Entertainment (House of Cards, Captain Phillips, Recount)

Feature Production (Set Production)

Mojave (dir. William Monahan)
Nina (dir. Cynthia Mort)
You and Me and Everyone We Know (dir. Miranda July)
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker)
Sharknado (Syfy Channel)

Commercial Production and Music Videos

Aero Film
RSA Films

Post Production, Sound Design and Visual Effects

Alpha Dogs
GDC Technology
Identity FX
Light Iron
Lionsgate Post Production
New Wave Entertainment
Nickelodeon Post Production
Smart Post Sound
Tunnel Post
Therapy Studios
Zoic Studios
2G Digital Post

Documentary Filmmaking

Kirby Dick
Grace Lee
Laura Nix and Julia Meltzer
Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez
Ondi Timoner

TV Development and Production

Abso Lutely
Adult Swim
Chernin Entertainment
E! Entertainment
Entourage (HBO)
Sony Pictures Television
USA Network

Unscripted Television/Talk Shows

BBC Worldwide
Bunim/Murray Productions
Conan O’Brien
Dick Clark Productions
Dr. Phil
GRB Entertainment
Undercover Boss
The Doctors
X Factor


Cartoon Network

Digital Media

Awesomeness TV
VIMBY (Mark Burnett)

Public Relations

The Branding Bee PR
Metro PR
Miller PR
MPRM Communications
Stan Rosenfield & Associates PR
The Workshop Collective


Francine Maisler Casting
House Casting
Perry/Reece Casting
Vickie Thomas Casting
Universal Studios – Feature Film Casting

Journalism and Entertainment News

GOOD Magazine
The Hollywood Reporter
LA Confidential Magazine

Advertising and Marketing

1K Studios
Trailer Park
Universal Brand Marketing

Talent, Literary, and Management Agencies

Anonymous Content
Barry Katz Entertainment
DDO Artists Agency
The Gotham Group
HRi Talent
Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates
Ken Sherman and Associates

Music Industry

4th Street Recording Studio
Avatar Records
Dangerbird Records
Glenwood Place Studios
Jungle Room Recording Studio
Nightbird Recording Studios
Miles High Productions
Silverlake Sounds/ZOOmania Music
Universal Music Group
Warner Bros. Records

Organizations, Events, and Festivals

AFI (American Film Institute)
The California Film Commission
IDA  (International Documentary Association)
Los Angeles Film Festival
Producers Guild of America “Produced By” Conference
Sundance Institute
Writers Guild Foundation
Women in Film

Potential Internships for Actors and Theater Majors

Film and Television Development
Entertainment News
Film Festivals
Industry Organizations (i.e., SAG/AFTRA, Women in Film)
Talent and Management Agencies
Web-Based Media
(Many actors also audition for local productions on the side)

Housing and Accommodations

Students are housed at the Oakwood Apartments: Toluca Hills. Apartments are fully furnished and include linen, dishes, cable TV, Wi-Fi. The complex is gated with 24-hour security, and features amenities including on-site convenience stores, dry cleaning, rental car, and more, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, basketball courts, swimming pools, spas, and steam rooms. The Oakwood Apartments are within two miles of Universal, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, and more and close to many trendy restaurants and boutique shopping centers.

Field Visits and Special Events

Additional events and field trips will be scheduled, including:

Director’s Guild of America Screenings
Student Academy Awards
Sony Pictures Studio Tour
Cinegear Expo


This program is currently not accepting applications.