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What is a FTVM Internship?

Alison Hacker (FTVM '17) Interns at THE TONIGHT SHOW (2016)

The Department of Film, Television, and Media allows only declared Department of Film, Television, and Media majors the opportunity to earn credit for internships which supplement their academic experience.

In order to be approved for credit, internships must have a demonstrable relationship to the student’s course of study in the Department of Film, Television, and Media. Experiential work must be performed under the guidance of an internship supervisor and be approved by a sponsoring core faculty member in the Department of Film, Television, and Media. It is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate the suitability and relationship of the proposed internship to their course of study. Students should NOT assume that internship credit is automatically granted for experiential work and internship credit is not retroactive.

Internship credit can not be used to satisfy elective credit in the concentration plan.

Individual Department of Film, Television, and Media faculty who have mentored non-majors may consider sponsoring these students on a case-by-case basis. The Department of Film, Television, and Media is unable to sponsor non-students for internships. Internships must be completed before graduation.

In Their Own Words: Summer 2017 FTVM Internship Profiles

Mary O’Byrne
(FTVM '20) interned at Joel Fitzpatrick Studios, a design studio in Brooklyn, NY. From her 3-5 days a week spent in the office spent researching and emailing, to days at venues spent setting up lighting and audio equipment, Mary got hands-on experience in production and entertainment by doing different work every day. Working with lighting companies such as Bestek, experience design agencies such as Mirrorball, artists such as Raúl de Nieves, and clients such as Jack Daniel’s, learning how events come to life was much more complicated than she ever could have guessed.

Sophia Georginis
 (FTVM '19) worked at The Honest Company (aka Jessica Alba's healthy products company) in Los Angeles. Sophia was a creative production intern working on campaigns and commercials, and they ("so amazingly") gave her a great deal of responsibility while she was there: Sophia went to multiple pre-production meetings for commercials and campaigns, was able to be on set as a PA for various video and photo shoots, and had the opporutnity to edit videos for Instagram and Facebook.

Pictured at right, Sophia (sitting) with her "Honest" friends

Maddie Fyke
 (FTVM '18) was a Development Intern at Red Wagon Entertainment in Los Angeles. During the course of her internship, she read upwards of 50 novels and screenplays to provide coverage, and she even got to pitch some of her original ideas to industry executives - one of which is headed into early pre-production stages. She was also fortunate enough to attend the FTVM alumni-led Speaker Series, where alumni Daniel Pipski and Kelsei Parker invited industry professionals to speak to all of the FTVM interns about their experiences.

Rebecca Lerner (FTVM '18) interned at Forbes Media, claiming it a "tremendous experience." In between working with Zack Greenburg in their media and entertainment section and doing research for the Celebrity 100 List, Rebecca was able to write an article weekly that was published on She interviewed people like Jared Leto, French Montana, Samantha Bee, and Malcolm Gladwell and also examined trends in media, focusing on the New York City festival scene. Rebecca is very grateful to the FTVM department for helping make this amazing summer a reality with the Winer Scholarship, and she is looking forward to applying what she learned at Forbes to her career in the future.

photo credit, Kailey Winston

Exploring Past Internship Experiences...

Click on the individual photos to learn more about each internship experience from previous years

Sam Rosenberg (FTVM '19) spent the summer of 2016, from mid-May to mid-July, interning at The Wrap in Santa Monica, California, where he worked with their social media and editorial teams. Over the course of the internship at The Wrap, Sam experienced the fast-paced environment of entertainment journalism, particularly with managing, publishing, and diversifying content on the company's online platforms. 

Jaime Rotsky​ (FTVM '19)​ interned the summer of 2016i n the Programming Strategy department at CMT (Country Music Television) owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group in Nashville. 


Andre Ray (FTVM ’17) spent the summer of 2016 interning at William Morris Endeavor (WME | IMG) in Beverly Hills, California. During this 2 month, 4-day-a-week experience, Andre was able to obtain a Birdseye view of the entire entertainment industry.

Ryan McDonough (FTVM '16) spent the summer between his junior and senior year interning for Comedy Central in Santa Monica, CA, in development. 

Carly Keyes (FTVM '16) studied at USC's School of Cinematic Arts before securing an internship in Creative Development with Overbrook Entertainment. She also worked in the programming department for WDIV, Local 4's NBC Detroit Affiliate.