Grady LA Internship and Field Study
Grady L.A. is a summer internship/study program in Los Angeles. Students will spend 8 weeks in Los Angeles working as interns for companies in the entertainment industry. In addition, they will take an Entertainment and Media Studies course for a combined total of 6 credit hours.
Each week, students will be introduced to guest speakers including studio executives, animators, directors, screenwriters, agents, and other key industry players. In addition, students will tour various studio and production facilities in Los Angeles to gain an insider’s perspective into the industry.
Only students who are Grady majors are eligible to apply for this program.
Why Grady LA?
While an internship is not a requirement for graduation, many faculty highly recommend that students obtain an internship during their time at Grady. While some students find local internships during the fall and spring semesters, many students choose to intern during the summer months.
With numerous Grady College students interested in pursuing careers in entertainment development, production, marketing, and distribution; each summer, many students choose to intern with companies in Los Angeles. Grady students have completed internships with companies in L.A. such as Twentieth Century Fox, Double Feature Films, Playtone Productions, MGM, E! Entertainment, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Aero Films, Participant, ABC Television, Wild Plum, Legend of the Seeker, Community, and Modern Family.
While some students interning in Los Angeles chose to return to Georgia or go elsewhere to pursue their careers, many students return to Los Angeles after graduation. Some students are offered jobs from the companies that they interned with during the summer.
Given the substantial student interest in the field of entertainment, the demand for internships in L.A., and the increasing number of alumni and companies that continue to reach out to Grady students, Grady College established a formal presence in Los Angeles with the introduction of the Grady L.A. Field Study and Internship Program. The structure of a formal internship program with the additional coursework, allow students to receive academic instruction and professional, industry experience.
Program Director and Course Leaders
Dr. Jay Hamilton (Left), Department Chair for Entertainment and Media Studies in Grady College of Journalism and Mass
Communication is the program director.
In 2015, Andres Rosende (pictured right), an L.A. based writer director from Spain, joined Grady as our local program coordinator and faculty member. He received a BA in film studies from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and an MFA from Columbia University. His films have played at festivals around the globe including Cannes, Sitges, Cleveland, South by Southwest, Fantasia, The Friars Club andLACMA Young Director's Night. Andrés has received many awards including the DGA for best Latin short for Escape(IV)(2010), the more than 35 for Mr.Bear(I)(2011) and the Fantastic Fest - Mercado Fantastico Gold Award for best feature in development for The Turned.
2019 Program Dates
Arrive Saturday, June 8, 2019. Welcome and orientation on Sunday, June 9.
Begin internships on Monday, June 10. Internships end on Friday, Aug 2, 2019
Move out of apartments and head home on Saturday, Aug 3, 2019.
Each student will live in a fully-furnished two-bedroom apartment at the apartment complex "Oakwood at Toluca Hills by Avalon", with three other students of the same sex. Students will have weekly housekeeping service, but are expected to maintain the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom areas for the duration of the stay. Additional housing information will be provided upon acceptance and enrollment in the program. ***Program lodging for Summer 2019 is subject to change at this time***
Program costs for Summer 2019 have not been finalized at this time and may be different from what is advertised to students in the Fall. Tuition for 6 credit hours of study for Summer 2018 was $1,906 plus $548 in UGA Mandatory Fees. HOPE applies towards the tuition costs for those who are eligible. All students, regardless of state of residence or university/college they attend, receive the in-state tuition rate for the Grady LA program. Out-of-state students are subject to paying an additional $250 out-of-state student fee.
2019 Program Itinerary
Students will intern Monday through Friday for the eight weeks of the Grady LA program. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, there will be Industry Studies class meetings and guest speakers, panels, tours, and other program-related events. Students are expected to attend their internships every day and to be in class and at all related events on time and eager to participate.
In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a PROGRAM FEE, which was approximately $3,174 (including the security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program) for Summer 2018. This amount included a $150 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program. The program fee for 2019 has not be finalized at this time, but we do our best to keep it around the same from year to year.
INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE:
- Lodging at fully-furnished apartments for eight weeks in LA. (twin sized bed, linens, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, coffee maker, iron, washer/dryer in most units, two bathrooms per 4-person unit, etc are all included in each apartment).
- Studio site visits and other programmatic events.
- An opening and closing dinner celebration.
- Other miscellaneous program related activities.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE:
- Meals throughout the eight weeks of the program other than welcome and closing dinner celebrations.
- Transportation to/from and during the eight weeks in LA. Many students rent a car when they arrive in LA, some drive their own cars to LA, a few choose to use Uber to travel to/from their internships each day. Whichever way you choose is fine, but all students must have their own transportation and are responsible for arranging this themselves.