Study Away

Internship Process Begins

Internship Opportunity Lists

Below are internship opportunity lists assembled by Amy Olk that are available for the Spring 2013 semester. Please review to discover and secure your placement:


Hello Spring 2013 students,

I’m the internship coordinator for Temple’s Study Away program in Los Angeles, and I want to welcome you to the program and congratulate you on your acceptance. I look forward to meeting all of you in person in January.My role as the LA internship coordinator is to help facilitate your internship search, application, and interviewing process, and to assist you in finding a good match for your skills, interests, and future career plans.  Before you arrive, we will communicate mostly by email as you refine your resumes and cover letters and begin applying for internships that interest you.  I will be sending you lists of available internships, and it is up to you to submit your applications. You are encouraged to do your own searches as well.  I can help you by reviewing your resumes and cover letters, making suggestions about companies or types of internships to apply to based on your interests, advising you on interviewing and helping you decide which internship(s) to accept.A little bit about myself:  I am a 2005 MFA graduate of Temple’s Film and Media Arts program.  I have lived in LA since 2006, where I’ve worked primarily in documentary production (hiring a number of interns along the way). I have enjoyed being involved with Temple again through the LA Study Away program over the past few semesters, and I really enjoy helping to introduce students to the fun, intense, and sometimes bewildering work world of Los Angeles.I will be sending you a series of emails shortly, with information about refining your resumes and cover letters, application strategies, and lists of available internships. There are many internships available in LA, though the more competitive ones have earlier deadlines. Major studios and networks receive hundreds of applications, and it is important that you apply early if you want to be considered for these.  In general, the sooner you apply to an internship after it’s announced, the better chance you have of being considered for the position.  However, you also want to make sure that when you apply, you submit the best possible resume and cover letter—one that is tailored to the position you’re seeking.  That is why it’s important to send it to me for review ASAP.Here’s how the process works:1) Review the attached document “Resume Tips.” If you review these guidelines first (and make any changes to your resume as needed), it will help cut down on the resume revision time so you can start applying for internships sooner. Please also check out this link for some additional visual guides:

2)  Email me your resume (and cover letter, if you have one) for approval and review, along with this information:

a.   The email you prefer to use for all communications from me and other LA program staff (I am using your Temple emails by default, but please specify which one you prefer to use)

b.  Your “dream” internship(s) for your semester in LA–first three choices (and don’t be confined by your major!).c.   Anything you especially do NOT want to do during your internship  (i.e., script coverage, editing, on-set  work, etc.)

If you don’t have a cover letter written yet, just go ahead and send me the resume first.  It will be much easier for you to write a cover letter once you see a listing that truly inspires you.

3)  If you are hoping to work with a specific company or studio, bookmark their internships page and/or sign up for their job alerts online if this feature is available.  You should also “like” the company’s Facebook page and follow their Twitter feed, and check all of these sources daily. As soon as you see an internship you want, apply immediately (as long as your resume is approved already).  If you’re among the first applicants, your materials will likely be reviewed first.  I will send out internship listings as well until everyone is placed, but they may be a few days to a week old by the time they get to you, so it’s always good for you to keep tabs on your top choices. Increasingly, companies use social media to announce new internship openings and special events.

4)  If you don’t see a listing for a company that you particularly want to intern with, let me know and I’ll try to find out if they’re accepting applications for the spring semester.

5) I will be compiling the information from my emails and the internship listings in a private blog that will be made available to you when I know which email address you prefer to use.

I will send out the first list of internship opportunities in the next couple of days so you can begin identifying the ones you want to apply for and tailoring your resumes and cover letters to your top choices.  My advice is to select your top 3-5 internships first, and put your energy into creating a great resume and cover letter for each.  It will then be easier to modify your subsequent cover letters for other companies.  Some companies will respond immediately; others (including major studios) will often take 2 weeks or more.  That’s why it’s important to get your top choice applications in the pipeline now, so that you have plenty of time to apply to others later.

About email communications: When students respond to group emails via Gmail, I find that some responses can get buried in a long thread, so please try to remember to create a new email to me (not a “reply to”) when you send me your materials, along with an appropriate subject line like “Resume and Cover Letter, version 1.”  If you send me your documents as .doc or .docx files and not .pdfs, I can make notes in the files to send back to you.  And if you haven’t heard back from me in a couple of days, don’t hesitate to send me a quick follow-up reminder, just in case your email somehow did get buried in the thread.  It takes time to review everyone’s resume so I will get through them as quickly as I can.

Again, I look forward to meeting you and finding out more about your interests and career aspirations. (Oh, and you can address me as “Amy” in your emails.)

Amy Olk

Internship Coordinator
Temple University – Los Angeles Study Away Program

1)  How long should my resume be?

Limit your résumé to one page.  Your résumé is an invitation for a conversation with your interviewer about your qualifications, interests, and unique attributes.  You should think about this one page as a succinct yet thorough introduction to your education, experience and skills.  Leave off any information about your high school years; the resume should reflect your university and professional experience.

2)  How should I format my resume?

Your résumé should be attractive to look at and easy to read, with clean and consistent formatting.  Unless you are working in a design field and are expected to have a resume that reflects those skills, stick to simple fonts like Courier, Helvetica, Cambria, etc. and use bold type and/or italics to highlight sections. To personalize the document, you can use a different font at the top for your name and contact information.  See for some additional tips.

3)  Should I include an objective?

A well-written and specific objective can be included on a case-by-case basis.  If you are very clear about your career and internship goals, it can help your prospective employer understand what you want to do.  It can also be helpful to include an objective if you lack experience in your area of interest and want to emphasize what you’re looking for.

4)    Should I list my GPA?

Some employers place a greater value on academic achievement than others. In general, if your GPA is less than a 3.5, leave it off.

5) In what order should my information be presented?

Your contact information should appear at the top of the document, and should consist of your name, email, and phone number. You may also want to include a Skype username and/or a link to your online portfolio.  Leave off your out-of-state address; employers sometimes overlook applicants that are not already in LA, and since you will be here soon, it’s best to de-emphasize your east coast location for now.  Once you arrive, you can add your local LA address to your contact information.

Most internships require that you be currently enrolled in school and eligible to receive academic credit, so your education should appear below your contact information, along with your university and expected graduation date.   Beyond that, use a descending order of importance in presenting information. What is most important for the person reviewing your résumé to know about you? If they only skim the top half of the page, what do you want them to see?  If you are interested in an internship in cinematography, you should highlight what is most relevant in that area.  The following is a suggested order:


Experience (list any professional media experience first, including internships.  If you are lacking experience, you can also create a section called Relevant Coursework, in which you can list courses you’ve taken that relate to the internship you are seeking.)


Awards and honors

Activities (volunteer work, blogging, sports, etc.)

6)    I don’t know exactly what kind of internship I want; I’m open to different things.  How should I highlight my skills and interests?

Read through all the different internship listings and circle the ones that are most interesting to you.  Try not to think about what you “should” do and let yourself be open to options, even if they’re outside your major. Which ones sound most exciting to you?  What are the themes?  Can you identify two main areas to start focusing on?  Make two versions of your résumé tailored to these areas of interest, highlighting any skills and experience you have in those areas (use the internship job descriptions as a guide).

7)    What file format should I send my résumé in?

Employers sometimes specify a file format for résumés and cover letters, and some request that they be sent in the body of the email only.  Always make sure to follow their instructions very carefully. If no file format is specified, a .pdf or .doc (not .docx) file is best.

8)    Will a typo or misspelling really make that much difference?

YES!!!  You must thoroughly proofread everything you send out:  résumés, cover letters, emails, follow-up emails.  Make sure to print out a copy of each version of your résumé and cover letter to make sure the formatting looks good before sending them out. Don’t give your prospective employer any reason to remove your application from consideration.

One more tip:

If you are thinking about staying in or returning to LA after your internship, it is a good idea to begin using a permanent address and email in all your LA correspondence now.  Employers often keep résumés on hand for future jobs, and if your Temple email has expired, they won’t be able to get in touch with you later.  Also, make sure your email sounds professional; your name is best (i.e., Communicating via is unlikely to get you any jobs.

When you move into Oakwood, you’ll have a specific address and apartment number that you will use for receiving mail.  The main address for the Oakwood Apartments is:

3600 Barham Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90068