Having a Film degree can lead to a variety of career paths after graduation. Getting an internship is a huge step toward landing a good job in the future, and this is especially true in the film industry, where experience is key. With so many options, it can be hard to figure out what path to take. Fortunately for Film majors, there are a number of different industries that offer opportunities for internships, and eventually, careers.
1. Assistant film editor
For anyone who wants to work in film editing or film administration, getting an internship as an assistant film editor would be a great start. The assistants work on a variety of projects, such as syncing audio and video or organizing film clips before the lead editor takes over. These jobs are incredibly important and allow students to gain hands-on experience and truly be a part of the movie-making process. For the best chance at landing a film editing internship, students should have at least basic knowledge of editing software such as Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.
2. Social media intern
Social media has become a way for companies to interact with their customers. Through platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, brands now have a direct line of communication to their target market. Many companies are hiring staff to run these accounts, and younger people have a leg up on the competition after growing up using social media. The film industry in particular is benefitting from the rapid growth of social media, and studios have been releasing trailers and other promotional material right to their fan base through their pages. Curating the social media accounts for a movie studio requires a working knowledge of the film industry and how promotional material influences moviegoers.
I’ve found that in smaller cities and more rural areas, videography internships are more common than the other options listed here. This is because videography is an easy way to promote a company or brand and can be done without the resources available in a larger city. Videography interns help set up camera equipment and take footage and interviews for a project if needed. Videography is a great option for those who want to work more on the creative side of the industry.
4. Production intern
A production intern works on the set of a movie or TV show and performs a variety of duties while supporting the film crew. Their jobs include administrative work, research relating to the project, and working with props if necessary. Production interns are generally skilled in multiple areas and are called on to multitask in the busy environment of a film or TV set. The key to succeeding in production is to be organized and efficient while handling multiple jobs.
5. Public relations intern
Public relations is another industry that requires a lot of the same skills learned while earning a film degree. A PR intern helps manage things like press releases and newsletters for a variety of companies. Almost any corporation or business you can think of has a public relations department, so you have the option to be selective as to what company you wish to work for. Public relations is also tied closely with media, and interns will have to be vigilant in keeping up with the press.
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Finding an internship in the film industry
There are a number of places to look for these types of film industry internships. Personally, I’ve had good luck on job search websites like Indeed.com and Internships.com. Your school’s career center is also a great resource, and most schools have internship fairs and professionals who can help you find the perfect fit. If you have a specific production company in mind, another option is to reach out to them directly through email to show interest. Don't be afraid to exhaust all your options—it's the best way to find a great opportunity behind the scenes!
Learn more about finding great work opportunities in our Internships and Careers section.