Students are encouraged to seek summer internships (for up to three hours of academic credit) after their second year of study or post-graduate internships after graduation. Though most are non-paid, internships provide practical experience and a chance to meet documentary professionals. Internships typically involve 150 hours of work, roughly 15 hours a week for ten weeks, though most student interns work as many hours as they can.
Our students have interned at the following production houses and media organizations:
Big Mouth Productions (New York City): An independent social issue documentary production company founded by Kate Chevigny and Julia Pimsleur.
Cabin Creek Films (New York City): This production house is headed by Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Discovery Channel (Silver Spring, MD)
Frontline (Boston): PBS’ premier public affairs documentary series.
HBO Documentary Productions (New York City): a leading producer and distributor of documentary films.
ITVS (San Francisco): The Independent Television Service funds, presents and promotes programs for public broadcasting.
Maysles Associates (New York City): Production company headed by pre-eminent documentary producer Al Maysles who, along with his brother David, was instrumental in the creation and development of the Direct Cinema movement in the U.S.
National Geographic (Washington, D.C.): a leading producer of non-fiction programming.
NOVA (Boston): Premier producer of science documentaries for PBS.
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland): Considered to be one of the premier content producers for PBS.
Pennebaker Associates (New York City): Donn Pennebaker is one of this country’s best-known documentary filmmakers and one of the founders of the direct cinema movement.
WGBH-TV (Boston): One of the main station providers of PBS programming WGBH offers a broad range of internship opportunities
WNET-TV (New York City): This PBS station offers internships in educational programming and outreach, news and public affairs, culture and arts, documentaries and production for the internet and related distribution platforms.