MFA 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 MFA 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)
Firelight Media (New York City): Founded by filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight is dedicated to developing talented documentary filmmakers who tell stories about people, places, cultures and issues that are underrepresented in the mainstream media
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.