American Federation of Television & Radio Artists Los Angeles/Local Broadcast Mentoring Program
For undergrad and graduate students interested in broadcasting careers
Highlights: Features taped critiques, studio visits, seminars and shadowing days; journalism students work with AFTRA pro-fessionals in the broadcast field
Who is eligible: Anyone enrolled in a two- or four-year, or graduate program in journalism
How to apply: Contact Jean Frost (323) 634-8181 or email@example.com for details
AFTRA Performer Mentoring Program
For undergrad and graduate students interested in acting careers
How it works: The program, which commences this fall, is planned to be an annual program throughout the school year in which AFTRA working professionals guide students in the business of entertainment
Who is eligible: Anyone enrolled in a two-or four-year, or graduate program in acting
How to apply: Contact Jean Frost (323) 634-8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Comedy Central Learning Groups Mentoring Program New York
For current employees of Comedy Central who wish to develop their careers
Duration: A minimum of two hours per month for seven months
Highlights: Mentees attend workshop-like sessions for seven months with executives who share advice on networking and moving up the entertainment ladder. Various topics will be taken up each month.
Who is eligible: Comedy Central employees who have worked a minimum of 12 months.
How to apply: Prospective mentors and mentees should contact Comedy Central human resources and fill out an application.
Fox Star Mentor Program
For eight years, Fox has partnered with Los Angeles’ Susan Miller Dorsey High School to help bridge the gap from school to career.
How it works: The workplace mentoring segment of the program comprises workshops, job shadowing, summer internships and one-on-one mentoring by Fox employees at the Fox lot. The cam-
pus-based mentoring segment is part of an accredited media class where Fox and other industry professionals hold interactive sessions on their craft in filmmaking.
Duration: Mentoring programs run through the school year, and paid eight-week summer internships at Fox are available through the summer.
Highlights: Three educational college scholarships are awarded every year to student mentees participating in the program’s essay contest.
Who is eligible: Students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA can contact their career adviser at Dorsey High.
How to become a mentor: Contact Deborah Bryant at email@example.com.
Independent Feature Project/Los Angeles Project; Involve; IFP East
Practical training, mentoring and job placement program with an emphasis on diversity
How it works: In L.A., the program pairs 40 young men and women with mentors representing a broad spectrum of film-making, while in New York, project pairs 20 emerging filmmakers with mentors. Includes four fellowships each year for more experienced paid film professionals
Duration: The program follows two separate cycles, fall and spring, that run for four months in Los Angeles, and five months in New York
Highlights: IFP/Los Angeles offers eight free in-depth master classes covering various aspects of feature filmmaking. IFP/New York fellows receive a stipend of $10,000 for the duration of their involvement.
Who is eligible: Program targets people at the beginning of their careers and those who can help achieve mission of diversify-ing industry. Applicants for the fellowship must have at least three years of experience in one area of filmmaking.
Deadline: Oct. 30 for spring cycle in Los Angeles; Nov. 29 for January cycle in New York
Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership
Provides advocacy recruitment and training for mentoring programs and mentoring initiatives
How it works: Utilizing PSAs, a hotline and recruitment events, prospective mentors and mentees are matched with mentoring programs in L.A. Org helped to develop the Fox/Grammy Music Mentoring Program that works with music students at the Hamilton High School Academy of Music.
Highlights: Org is the local organizer of National Mentoring Month (January), during which the Los Angeles Lakers basket-ball and Kings hockey teams donate tickets to mentor/mentee pairs. The premiere of “The Emperor’s Club” benefited the pro-gram.
Contact: Call the Los Angeles Mentoring Clearinghouse at (323) 634-4151 to find out about current mentor/mentee programs. To learn more about the Fox/Grammy Music Mentoring program, contact (310) 392-3777.
Deadline: Year-round referral program
NAMIC, National Assn. of Minorities in Communication/L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program
Nine-year-old program educates, advocates and empowers diversity in the cable TV industry.
How it works: With an emphasis on cross-cultural mentoring, org pairs individuals for one-on-one career counseling sessions. The majority of mentees are professionals in the industry.
Duration: Nine-month program; applications accepted year-round
Who is eligible: All NAMIC members are eligible to apply. Mentors are not necessarily NAMIC members.
How to apply: Contact Marsha Wesley-Coleman at (714) 371-4077 or visit NAMIC.com
Step Up Women’s Network Professional Mentorship Program
Matches prospective mentees with professionals in the same field
How it works: Members in good standing who have recruited 15 members or held a position as community leader/coordinator and who have participated in four community service events are eligible mentees.
Highlights: Mentors are fellow members and experienced industry leaders. This year’s mentors include Nina Sadowsky, Su-san Levin and Adrienne Becker
Duration: Six months, April to October 2003, then October to April 2004
Who is eligible: Open to members
Deadline: September 2003
ABC Talent Development Programs
ABC has several programs that seek to nurture talent in a variety of areas, including writing, directing, production and business management.
How to apply: For information about the directing fellowship, call (818) 560-4000. For information on all other training pro-grams, including eligibility, deadlines and program descriptions, call (818)560-6894 or visit ABCNewTalent.Disney.com or write to Carmen Smith, VP, talent development programs, ABC TV Group, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-4389.
Compensation: Fellows and associates are paid positions.
American Cinema Editors Internship Program
Matches interns with editors working in episodic and longform TV, and feature film
How it works: Each intern spends one week with three editors — one episodic, one longform TV and one feature — and visits post-production facilities. There is no charge for the program. Most alums of the internship program are admitted into the Editors Guild and have found employment.
Who is eligible: Individuals with a BA and experience on nonlinear digital editing equipment; current apprentice or assistant film editors should not apply. Two to three trainees are accepted each year.
Deadline: Nov. 1
How to apply: Application information is available on its Web site (www.ace-filmeditors.org/educate) or write to: Internship Committee, American Cinema Editors, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 2352B, Room 202, Universal City, CA 91608
Assistant Directors Training Program
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, the program, also known as the Producer Training Plan, trains second assistant directors.
How it works: With 400 days of job training, the program provides an inside look at the organization and logistics of motion picture and TV production. Upon completion, trainees’ names are placed in the Southern California Area Qualification List, making them eligible for employment as second assistant directors.
Compensation: Trainee pay scale begins at $540 a week.
How to apply: Applications can be requested by email
Broadcast Training Program/MIBTP
Provides training opportunities to minority college graduates in radio/TV news reporting and news management, and TV/film production
How it works: Selected applicants are placed in radio and television stations across the country as trainees. Training includes the development of writing, editing, producing and reporting skills. Org helps find graduates permanent employment within the broadcast industry (although most are hired at the station that trains them).
Highlights: Prominent supporters include Sam Donaldson, George Lucas, Jane Pauley, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Montel Williams, the ABC Foundation and Paramount Studios.
Duration: Program lasts for six to nine months.
Compensation: For TV/radio reporter trainees, stations will pay minimum wage to $6.50 an hour for duration; news manage-ment trainees’ salary arrangements vary for each station.
How to apply: Applications are being accepted through May and may be downloaded at the Web site TheBroadcaster.com. For requirements, visit Web site or write to the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program, P.O. Box 67132, Century City, CA 90067.
Inner-City Filmmakers Los Angeles
Trains inner-city youth in all aspects of filmmaking and helps them to find industry jobs when they graduate from the eight-week summer program
How it works: Youths attend a free summer workshop taught by industry professionals and instructors from acclaimed institu-tions such as USC, UCLA and the American Film Institute. Upon graduation, they are eligible to participate in the winter pro-gram.
Duration: The summer program consists of 25 hours per week of classroom time for eight weeks. In addition, students pro-duce their own shorts outside the classroom. The winter program is a year-round offering of more advanced classes and speakers open to all ICF alumni.
Highlights: Participants have the opportunity to meet and work with leading industry professionals. 2002 ICF participants were hosted by CAA at Sundance.
Who is eligible: Low-income inner-city youth with motivation to succeed in the entertainment industry
How to apply: Applicants are generally referred by high school teachers and career counselors. Applications will be available in February for next summer’s program at InnerCityFilmmakers.com. They must be completed by the student, their family and teacher, and are due by the third week in April for consideration for the summer program.
MTV Networks Huddle
MTV Networks offices nationwide
How it works: Mentors (at the manager level or above) establish relationships with employees who wish to advance their ca-reers. They meet one on one for approximately nine months and often keep up communication beyond that time and occasionally after the mentees have left the company.
Highlights: This year the program had 210 participants including mentors and mentees.
Who is eligible: Employees of MTV Networks who have been with the company at least 90 days
Duration: From the beginning of the second quarter until the end of the year
How to apply: Prospective mentees should contact their local human resources department and complete an application during the first quarter of the year. Coordinators will attempt to accommodate applicants after the first quarter as well. For information on employment with MTV Networks, go to MTVNCareers.com.
National Symphony Orchestra, National Conducting Institute
Gives academic or part-time orchestra conductors the opportunity to learn how to conduct a professional orchestra
How it works: Selected conductors attend a program at the Kennedy Center in Washington that includes training in leadership skills and observation of and mentoring by National Orchestra conductor Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
Duration: Three weeks of full-time training that take place over the months of April, May and June
Highlights: In the third week of the program, participants rehearse and conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in a special concert
Who is eligible: Highly talented and professional conductors who are performing at an elevated level but have not had the op-portunity to conduct a major orchestra. Preference is given to those who have completed training in the United States. Three to four participants and up to six auditors are chosen yearly.
Fees: Participants pay a modest tuition.
How to apply: Contact the National Conducting Institute by mail at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., 20566-0001 or call (202) 416-8112
NBC Entertainment Associate Program
Exposes participants to a variety of departments within the NBC entertainment division
How it works: Associates in the 18-month to two-year program get access to network and studio executives, attend table readings, run-throughs, tapings, rough-cut screenings, notes meetings, and pitches. They analyze and/or develop scripts and provide creative input.
Who is eligible: College graduates with an interest in the entertainment industry who have a strong drive, good writing skills and show initiative
How to apply: Applications are accepted when vacancies exist; visit NBC.Jobs.com for application and vacancy information
New York DGA Assistant Director Training Program
A two-year program that provides opportunities for a limited number of individuals to become assistant directors in film, tele-vision and commercials
How it works: The program provides 350 days of on-the-job training, combined with seminars and special assignments. Trainees work on a variety of productions shot primarily in the New York area. After completion, trainees are eligible to join the DGA as second assistant directors.
Compensation: Weekly scale begins at $540 and tops out at $663. Trainees are entitled to overtime pay.
Who is eligible: Applicants must be at least 21. On average, the program receives 250-300 applications a year for six spots.
How to apply: Applications can be downloaded from the Web site (DGATrainingProgram.org) or requested through regular mail by calling (212) 397-0930.
Streetlights Production Assistant Program
Designed to help minorities establish careers in the entertainment industry
How it works: Program includes 240 hours of classroom work and paid on-the-job training that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs as production assistants in film, TV and commercials. Program provides job placement and includes financial assis-tance, career counseling, scholarships and services for career advancement.
Duration: Six weeks of free training; six months guaranteed employment
Who is eligible: Men and women at least 20 years old; must be low-income. Strong interest in film/TV production is a must.
Compensation: Books, materials, parking, lunch and transportation are covered. During on-the-job training, students are paid at a training wage by the productions that employ them.
How to apply: Go to Streetlights.org for application information
Warner Bros. Global Trainee Program
Provides broad-based work experience and classroom instruction within a specific discipline and business unit; program com-ponents are: undergraduate, MBA and international
How it works: Global trainees get on-the-job training and classroom instruction on topics such as team building and key issues relating to entertainment businesses. Each trainee is assigned a mentor to help with career guidance.
Duration: Trainees are selected for a one-year entry-level professional trainee opportunity that begins every August.
Who is eligible: Recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree or MBA (or MBA component) in specific disciplines identified, a minimum of 3.0 GPA, well rounded and involvement in extracurricular activities with proven skills through achievement awards.
Compensation: Global trainees receive salary and appropriate benefits package.
How to submit a resume: Resumes are submitted directly to participating university career placement centers for spring on-campus interviews, or via Warner Bros.’ Web site, WBJobs.com.
Matches high school girls from underprivileged communities in Los Angeles with professional women writers who mentor them on a weekly basis in creative writing, journalism and other styles of writing
How it works: Mentors and mentees meet one on one once a week to develop writing skills and attend monthly full-day crea-tive writing workshops.
Duration: Each season runs from October until June.
Highlights: A series of public readings and the publication of an anthology at the end of the season
Who is eligible: Eighth- to 12th-grade girls in the Central L.A. area
How to apply: Visit Writegirl.org to become a mentor, mentee or support volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 363-1287
Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC)
Innovative mentoring programs that match companies such as HBO, Endeavor and Warner Bros. with at-risk youth.
How it works: YMC matches companies with a school or youth center and their employees mentor the youth at their corpo-rate office.
Duration: Most programs last one school year.
Highlights: HBO, Endeavor and Warner Bros. mentees travel to the host company twice per month to meet up with their mentors. Mentors are encouraged to develop personal relationships with the youth through fully facilitated group sessions, one-on-one sessions and optional weekend outings. Check out these programs at www.youthmentoring.org.
Who is eligible: Youth are invited to participate by the school or center with which they are affiliated.
How to become a member: Youth Mentoring Connection matches companies with a specific school or center and then facili-tates the entire program from recruitment to training to leading workshops and supporting both mentors and mentees. So if you or your company is interested, please contact Youth Mentoring Connection by email or call (323) 525-1049.
— Compiled by Gloria Franke and Breanne Grady