A listing of internships, mentorships, scholarships and placement agencies
INTERNSHIPS AND MENTORSHIPSNBC
Details: Writers initiative funds one minority staff writer position for each NBC primetime scripted series. NBC’s talent program promotes on-camera diversity with pilot-season casting internships.
Contact: www.nbcjobs.com CBS
Details: Directing and writing initiatives pair aspirants with studio mentors, who provide feedback on participants’ work.
Contact: www.cbscorporation.com/diversity FOX
Details: Coordinates programs with local high schools and offers company-wide internships for college students.
Contact: www.fox.com/diversity ABC/Walt Disney Studios
Details: Writing fellowship offers yearlong, full-time salaried posts. Up to 15 fellows are selected per year to work in the feature film and television areas of ABC Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios. Similar programs for directors and producers also available.
Contact: abctalentdevelopment.com DGA
Details: Assignment program seeks to engage at least 10 seasoned female and minority directors. Selected helmers are assigned at least one episode of an ABC series, with no restriction on future employment.
Contact: Regina Render (310) 289-2036 PGA
Details: Workshop pairs producers with pro mentors to create an original project (TV comedy, one-hour dramatic program or motion picture) and realize it through seminars on pitching, development, marketing and packaging.
Contact: Joe Chambers (310) 358-9020 WGA
Details: In conjunction with Columbia U., org hosts intensive 10-week program for screenwriters from Harlem community. Participants attend workshops, mentoring sessions and master classes taught by renowned writers.
Contact: www.wgae.org/diversity SCHOLARSHIPS Emma Bowen Foundation
Details: Sponsors five-year scholarship program, beginning junior year of high school and extending until college graduation. Participants work with industry mentors during summer breaks, developing skills and making contacts. Provides an hourly wage, plus tuition assistance and other compensation.
Contact: emmabowenfoundation.com PLACEMENT AGENCIES Workplace Hollywood
Details: Nonprofit org works with studios and corporate sponsors to find paid internships and jobs spanning nearly all fields of the industry.
Contact: www.workplacehollywood.org Inroads
Details: Corporate-focused agency places high-performing minority students (college freshmen and sophomores) in two- to four-year internships.
Contact: www.inroads.org Hollywood Cinema Production Resources
Details: Offers free below-the-line vocational training for ages 15-25.
Contact: www.hollywoodcpr.org Y.E.S. to Jobs
Details: Finds paid studio internships for college and high school students.
Contact: www.yestojobs.org Film Independent (FIND)
Details: Project:Involve offers mentorship, training, workshops and job placement through one-on-one contact with industry professionals.
Contact: www.filmindependent.org/ index.php/talent_development Streetlights Production Assistant Program
Details: Provides six weeks of classroom and location production assistant training for low-income students. Ongoing mentorship and career counseling continues after the program.