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The Hollywood Intern

Finding internships and hands-on learning (and the correct freeway exits!) in a semester at the heart of the entertainment industry with the LA Program.

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Written by Alexandra Evans      Add a comment

One big selling point for me to do the ICLA program was that there were no credit-transfer forms to fill out like you have to do for classes taken through study-abroad affiliate programs. I loved knowing that I could take the same classes in LA that I would have had to take at the home campus anyway.

The classes at the ICLA center are perfectly set up to work with students’ internship schedules, and I’ve noticed that can give us IC students an advantage. While interns from other schools often have to do half-days because they have class, I got to work full, 8-hour days and go to class at night. Thus, I had more time to do a task and get to know my superiors.

Of course, every student’s schedule here is different, but it’s standard that many classes are offered once a week for three hours at night. This sets up the opportunity for you to have that work-in-the-day-and-class-in-the-night routine.

Here’s what my typical schedule is like here in the ICLA program. Though this type of schedule is typical for me and many other students, it’s not a set schedule. The college does not tell you when you must intern. At The Doctors TV show, I set my own hours based around my classes. So, my crazy rush-from-work-to-school-and-eat-in-class routine was my own doing, but it’s not uncommon to see us students in class still dressed in our work attire, fresh off the 101 or 405 traffic.

 My classes/internship schedule:

-- Internship at the Paramount Studios lot from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
-- Drive during rush hour from Hollywood to Burbank, making it with about 15 minutes to spare before…
-- A one-credit Media Industries course from 7 to about 10 p.m. This class happens only once a month and it’s held in the clubhouse at the Oakwood Apartments. The Oakwoods, as we call them, are where ICLA students are housed.

-- Internship at the Paramount Studios lot from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
-- Driving again; I usually stop at Oakwoods really quick to grab dinner. If I have time I’ll eat it at my apartment, but sometimes I have to bring dinner to class.
-- Government & Media course from 7 to about 9 or 10 p.m. at the Pendleton Center, which is literally right down the street from the Oakwoods.

-- Two hours of work-study at the Pendleton Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Unfortunately, there aren’t many work-study options here, so those of us with work-study on our financial aid package work two hours a week at the Pendleton Center front desk. But hey, 2 hours is better than no hours.
-- Issues and the News class from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pendleton Center. This class is my favorite, partly because it’s held in The Screening Room, which has those film-set Hollywood style chairs with ultra comfortable cushions.
-- One-credit mini course from 7 to 10 p.m. The topics may vary from semester to semester. I decided to take two, and each class was held on the same day for three weeks in a row.

-- Internship at the Paramount Studios lot from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

-- Internship for a varied amount hours depending on the week. I get in all of my required internship hours on those days earlier in the week, so Fridays are my free days to try out new departments, go on field shoots, or come in to help my production team when I am most needed.

I enjoy having a morning-till-late-night schedule earlier in the week so I can have those relaxing days later in the week. I sure am going miss this type of schedule when I have to leave this glorious city. 

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