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Internships are an essential step in undergraduate study in the Department of Film and Media Studies, acting as a bridge between the classroom and the professional world. They provide invaluable exposure and insight into film and media through practical experience in a variety of areas, and also begin to build a network of professional contacts.

An internship can take place anywhere around the world. Many of our students work with companies in Los Angeles, and have also worked in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Kansas City. Internships can take many forms, from working for large corporations like Sony Entertainment to local businesses like Rockhaven Films here in Lawrence. Students gain experience in a wide variety of areas, such as script coverage, visual effects, sports media production, non-profit communication, and many others.

Internships are typically undertaken before the senior year; some students begin internships as early as the Summer between Sophomore and Junior years.

Out-of-state Internship Scholarships

We are offering 10 scholarships of $500.00 each for 10 FMS majors who have successfully applied for and obtained an out-of-state internship for Summer 2018.

If you are interested in applying for this subsidy, please submit the following information by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st:

  1. A cover letter with name, year in the department (sophomore, junior, etc.), name of the company you will be interning with, name and contact information for the internship provider, and length and location of the internship. Additionally, write a short paragraph describing your duties on said internship and the skills you hope to obtain.
  2. A copy of your most recent Degree Progress Report (we will be looking for proof of FMS major and your GPA).
  3. Proof that an internship has officially been offered to you (an email from your internship provider will suffice).
  4. For undergraduate students, an acknowledgement that you will be enrolling in internship credit hours (FMS 307) either during Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.

The results of the competition will be announced on May 3, 2018 during the Tensie Awards and Student Recognition Ceremony.  Recipients need not be present to win, though you will be notified via email after that date.

If you are awarded the internship stipend, we will ask you to turn in a one-page report detailing your experience with the internship, the skills you learned, and how this experience has shaped your college career in FMS thus far.  This report may be used in a future FMS newsletter.

For any questions please contact Professor Matt Jacobson or Professor Robert Hurst.

Deadline for application:  2:00 p.m. on Friday, April  27.  Please turn in application materials to Karla Conrad in 230 Summerfield Hall or email your materials to Karla Conrad.

Internship Guidelines

  • In order to enroll for FMS 307 Undergraduate Film/Media Internship credit, students must have already completed at least FMS 100, FMS 200, and FMS 380, and be admitted to the Film and Media Studies major.
  • Undergraduates can earn up to six hours of internship credit, which will apply towards elective hours in the department, CLAS hours, and Junior/Senior hours.
  • One hour of credit is equal to fifty hours of work. A typical Summer internship would total around 150 hours of work, or three credits. It is possible to register for one or two hours of credit. Students can register for no more than three hours of credit in a single term.
  • Students may enroll for internship credit concurrently with the experience (i.e., enrolling for Summer credit while doing a Summer internship). Students may also enroll for credit up to one year after the experience has been completed.
  • All internship experiences must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator.

Internship Coordinator:

Professor Matthew Jacobson
Summerfield Hall, 118E

FMS Internship Form for FMS 307 (undergraduate) or FMS 707 (graduate)


FMS students have participated in internships from the companies listed below:

Out of State

Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena    Atlanta, GA

Australian Baseball League (ABL)     Sydney, Australia

Blue Cat Screen Play    Los Angeles, CA

Bluegrass Films    Universal City, CA 

Endgame Entertainment    Beverly Hills, CA

High Noon Entertainment    Los Angeles, CA

Interloper Films    Pasadena, CA

Kickstart Entertainment    Santa Monica, CA

Lawrence Bender Productions    Beverly Hills, CA   

Moss Garden Productions    Madison, WI & Brooklyn, NY

National Geographic Films    Washington, D.C.

NFL Films    Mount Laurel, NJ

Pro Music Records    Los Angeles, CA

Sony Animation    Culver City, CA


Daybreak Studios    Lawrence, KS

Free State Festival    Lawrence, KS

Gizmo Pictures    Topeka, KS

Herizon Productions    Overland Park, KS

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission    Topeka, KS

KU Marketing Communications (in the Office of Public Affairs at KU)    Lawrence, KS

KU Media Productions    Lawrence, KS

KU MediaMix      Lawrence, KS

KU University Relations- Digital Media Production Unit    Lawrence, KS

Lawrence Arts Center    Lawrence, KS

Lied Center    Lawrence, KS

Rockhaven Films   Lawrence, KS


Allied Integrated Marketing    Kansas City, MO

Ariel Media    Kansas City, MO

Branit FX    Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Chiefs Football Club    Kansas City, MO

Kansas Film Commission   Kansas City, MO

Liquid 9    Kansas City, MO & Chicago, IL

St. Louis Cardinals    St. Louis, MO

Take Two Productions    Kansas City, MO

Wide Awake Films    Kansas City, MO

Wright/Laird Casting    Kansas City, MO

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