The Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience in the Entertainment industry while earning course credit. Students spend eight weeks during the Summer interning at some of L.A.’s leading entertainment companies. In the past, students have interned at companies such as Twentieth Century Fox, E! Entertainment, ABC Television, and more. During these internships, students gain hands on experience working with some of the industry’s top professionals. In addition to the internship, students will be enrolled in an Industry Studies course, which provides incredible networking and mentoring opportunities with 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.
Altogether, participants will receive 6 credit hours while staying in fully furnished apartments in the heart of the city. Join us on the Grady L.A. Field Study and Internship Program and immerse yourself in your entertainment passions.
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Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program operates in Summer I and Summer II terms each summer. For summer 2023, students arrive in LA on Saturday June 3, 2023 and depart from LA on Saturday July 29, 2023.
Students on the Grady LA field Study Program will receive 6 upper-level elective credit hours. Three of these credit hours will be obtained through the student’s internship, and the other three will be earned through the Industry Studies course.
Students participating on the Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program are responsible for finding their own internships for the summer, with the assistance and direction of the Program Director and Faculty. Once accepted to the program, students should be proactive in seeking out and applying for internships as instructed by the Program Director to ensure that they have obtained an internship by the beginning of the program.
Students will intern Monday through Thursday of each week while in LA and attend class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
This program is only available to current Grady College majors. Students must have completed their Grady intro courses prior to the program’s start date in order to be considered.
Apply to Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program!
Applications open in August of each year. Applications for Summer 2023 are due Thursday, November 10, 2022. However, as students complete their applications they will be invited to an interview on a first come first served basis (dates TBD).
To apply, click the “Apply now” button, which will direct you to UGA’s Office of Global Engagement’s StudyAway Portal. If you have any questions about the application process, contact Rebekah Seabolt, Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. James Hamilton is Professor and Head of the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, Jim Kennedy New Media Professor, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Research Professor, and Director of the Grady LA Internship and Field Study Program. He teaches cultural, critical and historical approaches to media studies. He has taught First-Year Seminars and in the Grady@Oxford study abroad program. A research paper written by an undergraduate student he mentored in the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities program won the prestigious national Alfred E. Seaman Award from the Advertising Education Foundation. Additional awards earned by former students include major international professional awards (such as an AKQA Future Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) and scholarly awards (Dissertation of the Year from three major scholarly organizations.) In 2014 he was appointed a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, the University’s most prestigious teaching honor to recognize superior teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Hamilton is also the recipient in 2003, 2009 and 2013 of the Grady College Roland Page Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors excellence in teaching at the graduate level.
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Rebekah Seabolt has been Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager since August 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and a master of arts in public relations from the University of Georgia in 2016. As the global studies coordinator, Rebekah is the point of contact for all of Grady College’s study abroad and domestic field study programs.