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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Gives Students Experience

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 09:03

Whether many Howard students are burning the midnight oil studying for midterms or tackling heavy work loads, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the end of the school year is quickly approaching, and so are deadlines for internships. While pacing the halls of Blackburn or even the School of Communications, it is not uncommon to overhear students discussing whether or not they've landed internships or have even applied.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation is a major communications internship whose application deadline is March 15. This timely Los Angeles based internship would be a major opportunity for any students looking to branch out into the communications world. It is designed to provide in depth exposure to professional television production over an eight-week period during the summer. This internship program is full-time and the application process is very competitive. A stipend of $4,000 dollars will be allocated every two weeks for each student that is accepted.

"We are looking for students who show passion and ambition," said Nancy Robinson, Manager of Education Programs for The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. 

Students will be able to intern in a wide range of departments including, but not limited to, costume design, casting, public relations, business affairs, commercials, live event production, editing, entertainment news and more.

"The charitable arm of the academy seeks to educate and enrich the future generation of television professionals," Robinson said. "We want to allow students to enhance their learning."

In addition to gaining hands on experience in a plethora of different departments, students may be given the opportunity to work with major production companies such as NBC Universal, Sony, Warner Bros., HBO and more.

"I personally would be interested in applying for the internship," said Alvin Canty, a fashion merchandising major. "I'm very interested in fashion design, so the costume design department seems like a good way to get my feet wet in that industry."

Britany Rickett, a film major, also voiced her interest in the program. "I've heard about this internship before and it's a really big deal. I'm definitely going to try and apply for it."

In order to apply for the program, it is recommended that students have some experience in the fields for which they are applying for. Students must also submit two letters of recommendation, a copy of their transcripts, resumé, a detailed cover page and a strong personal statement.

"Do a powerful professional statement. Because we are not meeting you in advance, let yourself show through your written work as much as possible," Robinson said.

The importance of taking advantage of summer internships is being stressed more frequently by career advisors.

"It is as important as any career goal that students may be actively engaged in," said Carol Dudley, the Coordinator for the Office of Career Development in the John H. Johnson School of Communications. "They will get the opportunity to meet professionals in the industry. Many participants in that particular program go on to work on major features."  
The Academy of Television Arts and  Sciences is an opportunity for any students looking to work in the productions field. The application deadline is approaching quickly, so interested students should make sure to have all materials ready by March 15.


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