Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain practical experience, reflect on those experiences, and apply lessons outside of the classroom environment. In Film at Mason, we prepare students for complex circumstances in the real world. Student’s benefit greatly when they have the opportunity to apply what has been taught in the classroom to actual situations that arise in the work environment. Through an internship experience, students have the opportunity to reflect on what is being learned in the field and gain work-related experience that helps them move forward in their career beyond the university.
In the Mason Film program, an internship is required for academic credit (FAVS 450) during their senior year. Students are encouraged to have internship and work experience before their junior year to be competitive but can not count those experiences toward this course requirement.
Hire a Mason Film Intern
Interested in working with Mason Film students? Contact Mason Film Program Director, Giovanna Chesler, to inquire further about developing a partnership with our program.
All companies/organizations must abide by and sign Mason’s Experiential Learning Agreement to be eligible to work with a Mason Film intern.
|Spring semester (end Jan - beg May)||November - January|
|Summer semester (end May - beg Aug)||January - May|
|Fall semester (end Aug - beg Dec)||March - August|
Zoe Peters earning one of 50 coveted spots in the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program. Her experience was featured in the Mason News. Read more about it here: TV Internship Leads to Work with 'Dead Head'.
Film at Mason students need:
- Clear learning opportunities
- Strong communication pathways between an on-site mentor
- On-site training
- Networking opportunities
- Career guidance and advice
- An experience that puts their learning into practice
The Film and Video Studies Internship Program (FAVS 450)
- Includes on-site work and a written academic component by a Film Major with at least 90 credits completed (21 FAVS credits)
- May be paid or unpaid, but amount to at least 150 total hours on-the-job (e.g. 10 or more hours/week of work typically for a period of 15 weeks)
- Internship Supervisors must complete an assessment of the intern at the end of the semester and be available for an interview by the intern during the course of the internship period
- Give students hands-on experience through practical work in the film and video and related industries
- Students produce written work connecting their internship experience to academic theory, classroom work, and their intended career path. Internship sample syllabus details this work
- The Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act stipulates that internships pass these steps: (1) the internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment; (2) the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; (3) the intern does not displace regular employees, but instead works under close supervision of existing staff; (4) the company which provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and, on occasion, its operations may actually be impeded; (5) the intern is not automatically entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship..