Career Week in LA

Career Week students meet with professionals behind the scenes on a TV set.

What is Career Week?

Every spring, the Department of Film & Media Studies selects a group of qualified students to fly out to Los Angeles where they can explore career opportunities in the film and media industry.

For one week, the group gains exclusive access to studios and companies led by KU alumni working in the industry. Students attend select screenings and events, pursue potential internships, and network with our KU alumni organization, “The Hollywood Hawks.”

FMS and SOTA cover airfare, lodging, travel to and from the airport, and any meals on the official Career Week itinerary. It is highly competitive and we are unable to send all applicants.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • You are an FMS Major in good standing (sophomore or above)
  • You have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • You will be a degree-seeking FMS student during the event

How do I apply?

Applications will come to your KU email in the Fall semester.

Typically, we ask for:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A current Degree Progress Report (DPR) in pdf format
  3. A current resume or CV focusing on your involvement in film & media.

Look for additional details and deadlines in the email.


I feel incredibly honored and lucky to have been given the opportunity to visit with professionals in Los Angeles! We met with so many incredible people working in the film industry who were more than happy to offer their advice and support. As we met with writers, producers, and directors, the fears of moving to a new city melted away. I think I can speak for the whole group of seniors when I say we could really picture ourselves working alongside these people and helping grow the community of Jayhawks. Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip possible and so fruitful.

Mattie Karr
2019 Career Week in LA

Career Week in LA Workshop

Given the highly competitive nature of Career Week in LA, FMS brought in some previous Career Week students to talk about their experience and bust some common myths surrounding the event.

We'd like to thank our speakers: Celia Tise, Claire Biles, and Zach Boehm.


The whole trip was unbelievable! To be in Los Angeles and to be able experience the behind-the-scenes aspects of Hollywood was a life-changing experience, and having the opportunity to talk to so many people who make a living in film and television really helped me get a grasp on the reality of working in the industry. It was awesome meeting with the Hollywood Hawks, and I was relieved to see how much they do to support fellow Jayhawks. Thanks to this trip, I feel so much more comfortable about the prospect of moving out there!

Zach Boehm
2019 Career Week in LA