Internship & Career Info
Film & Electronic Arts Internships
Internships offer students an opportunity to explore career possibilities, to enhance their classroom education with real-world experience, and to network with entertainment industry professionals while earning academic credit.
Students are required to and responsible for securing their own internship. This generally happens prior to the start of the semester, and may be completed up to the final "course add” date.
To learn more about how to find an internship, it is recommended that students visit CSULB's Career Development Center; they can help with cover letters, resumes, interview skills, and CareerLINK (a search tool for local jobs and internships, accessible via the CSULB Single Sign On). CSULB Career Development Center also hosts regular workshop & events; see their calendar for more info.
Other places to search for an internship include the CSU's internship portal (easy registration process for CSU students) LinkedIn, Production Hub, and Indeed. Students should keep in mind that most major studios and prominent production companies select their interns several months prior to the start of each semester; to find opportunities, search for the studio name + “internship” in your preferred search engine. There are many companies with flexible application deadlines, and new opportunities are frequently posted. It is suggested that students search early, often, and set notifications on various sites.
Students and alumni can create profiles staffmeup.com, and should link their CSULB and CSU Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) affiliations when they register; refer to the CSUEA Staff Me Up Guide for signup instructions and checkout their newly launched Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.
The Department of Film and Electronic Arts has a long and rich tradition of student internship activity, including earning positions at major studios and broadcast networks, independent production companies, and a wide variety of local community partners. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Helen Hood Scheer.
CSU Entertainment Alliance Programs
The CSU Entertainment Alliance serves all 23 CSU campuses, providing internship opportunities including:
- an online course through which CSU students can receive academic credit for internships during the summer and up to two years after graduating from a CSU campus
- an internship and jobs search portal
- free summer housing for internship programs in Los Angeles
- a wide variety of special opportunities (regularly updated), such as diversity initiatives, scholarly opportunities, and technical workshops
Please visit the CSU Entertainment Alliance for the most up to date list of opportunities and application guidelines.
Professional Development Special Events
The department provides a series of professional development talks, workshops, and screening events throughout the academic year. Top entertainment industry professionals and successful alumni visit campus to share their work and provide candid practical advice on what it takes to launch and maintain a career.