You've dreamed of working in the entertainment capital of the world, and an internship in Los Angeles is the best place to start, no matter what career you're pursuing.
Even if you've been in Los Angeles for years, an internship will give you:
- A behind-the-scenes look at some of L.A.'s most well-known industries;
- Hands-on experience to build your skills, and, ergo, your resumé;
- A network! Networking is helpful anywhere, but in L.A., it's crucial; and
- The possiblity of a full-time job after graduation.
Internships in Los Angeles range across the city's vast array of industries, including (but not limited to) film, television, music, theatre, finance, public relations, event planning, casting, advertising, publishing, hospitality, and photography. More creative people live and work in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the world (one in every six people in L.A. work in a creative industry). Getting an internship in a creative field puts you a step ahead.
Some top internships in L.A.: Film & Television
KTLA is L.A.'s first television station. Interested in a career in broadcasting or TV? Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall for station departments including A.M. Scripts, Production, Sports, Entertainment, Reporting, Sales, Finance, and more.
Focus Features acquires, finances, produces and distributes films from established and emerging filmmakers. Internships for L.A. students are offered in the Acquisitions, Development, Distribution, Marketing, Operations, Post-Production and Publicity departments.
First Look Studios
First Look Studios distributes independent films and DVDs. Interns at the company can work in the Marketing, Publicity, Post-Production, Accounting, or Legal/Business Affairs departments.
MTV Networks has one of the most popular internship programs around. Interns at MTV's Santa Monica and Glendale offices can work in talent relations, marketing, finance, casting, IT, production, business, development, ad sales, and a slew of other departments.
Fluxus Apparel Brand - LA
Fluxus is an apparel brand based in LA. Celebrities like Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, and Jude Law flaunt their Fluxus apparel at Lakers games, on the streets of New York, and on movie sets. Internships at Fluxus include marketing and public relations.
Interns at this Los-Angeles-based directory for fashion and beauty professionals interact with top names in the fashion and beauty industry. Internship duties include social media promotional efforts, database updates, and office support.
Learn the art of retail display and design at an internship at a Lisa Kline boutique.
Talent and Casting Agencies
DDO Artist Agency
This talent agency represents a variety of actors, dancers, models, and choreographers. Interns at DDO's Los Angeles location may work in the dance and choreography divisions.
Don Buchwald & Associates (DBA)
DBA is a full-service talent agency, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. DBA works in all areas of the entertainment sector, including film, television, theatre, radio, sports, and literature. Internships involve working across many areas of the company -- from database updates to talent submission packages.
Of course, the above are just a few of the many companies offering internships in the Los Angeles area. Visit Monster College for a more complete list of internships and jobs for recent graduates in Los Angeles and around the U.S.