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How To Score a Big-Time Hollywood Internship When You Don’t Live in L.A.

For many college students interested in careers in film, television, and music, an internship in Hollywood at a major studio, network, agency, publisher, or post-production facility is practically a dream come true. However, for some students the possibility seems more like a dream than a reality- especially for students who live out of state. The challenges associated with finding internship opportunities, applying, and making it through the interview process from a long distance can make it seem daunting.

Here’s the good news: it’s not as hard as it seems.

Scoring a Hollywood internship is actually a very achievable goal. It takes more time to prepare for out of state students, but generally the process is the same for students everywhere. Many, if not most, of all the major studios and networks list their internship opening with their job postings on their corporate website. This makes searching and applying for these internships completely online- leveling the playing field for students across the country.

There’s no denying students who live and attend school in southern California have the distinct advantage of proximity. The opportunity to meet and build the relationship with people at companies in the industry is valuable. However, this does not mean out of state students have any less of a chance to do the same thing- they just have to do it differently.

Most of the time, the application selection process is objective as possible at the largest of studios and networks. The public nature of these corporations require they be as fair as possible for legal reasons. Therefore, out of state students do best when they employ professional tactics and strategies. Solid resumes and cover letters, along with a clean and controlled digital footprint, are the baseline standard.

For those selected for interviews, Skype and other video conference systems are used to facilitate the meeting. While there are certain differences between in-person interviews and teleconferencing, students should make sure to look into the camera when speaking. This ensures correct eye to eye contact with the person on the other end.

Out of state students, while disadvantaged geographically, shouldn’t disqualify themselves from being able to score an internship in Hollywood. If they are willing to take the time to prepare, they have just as good a shot as anyone else.