How do I Choose the Best Film Internship? (with pictures)

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen
Film internships that involve working on a set or interacting with the director are ideal for individuals who are interested in the production end of film-making.
Film internships that involve working on a set or interacting with the director are ideal for individuals who are interested in the production end of film-making.

If you are trying to find a film internship, then there are a few things you should consider before choosing a company to intern with. You might look for internships that are paid rather than unpaid, depending on your situation and what is available to you. It can also be helpful to specifically look for internships close to your area or in an area you know you can relocate to fairly easily. You may also want to consider working with a third-party group to help you find the film internship right for you.

Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.
Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.

A film internship can be a great way to gain experience and make connections within the film industry while you are still taking classes or working on a degree. Finding the right internship, however, can be somewhat difficult, and determining a few specific details about what you are looking for can help simplify things. You should determine whether you are able to take an unpaid internship for several months, or if you require a paid internship to be able to pay your living expenses. While a paid internship may be harder to find and be more competitive, you do not want to be accepted into a program you cannot realistically complete.

You should also look for a film internship in your area so you will be able to actually attend if you are accepted. There are a number of different film production studios and companies that offer internships in a variety of locations. Most of them tend to be in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and London, but you may be able to find others in your area.

The most straightforward way to actually find a film internship is to contact a production company and find out about internship opportunities. Most companies post these opportunities with application requirements and procedures on their websites, so you can begin with a simple Internet search for various film studios. Third-party groups and organizations are also sometimes able to help you connect with a company looking for interns. You should be careful, however, as some companies are not legitimate groups providing connections with real film internship opportunities. Look for additional information about any group you are considering working with, before paying them or otherwise working with them to find an internship.

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    • Film internships that involve working on a set or interacting with the director are ideal for individuals who are interested in the production end of film-making.
      Film internships that involve working on a set or interacting with the director are ideal for individuals who are interested in the production end of film-making.
    • Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.
      Film internships are great for gaining industry experience.