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.


The Career Week trip to LA really makes you feel like your dreams are attainable after years of being told they're unrealistic. To see so many people, particularly people from Kansas, find success in the film industry makes me feel like I can too.

Emily Binkley
2021 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.

Application Tips

Tip 1: Follow instructions on the application and make sure you include everything requested. Incomplete applications won’t be considered.

Tip 2: Submit materials well before the deadline so any issues can be resolved quickly. Then check your email for confirmation or to be made aware of any problems.

Tip 3: We want to learn more about you. Take your time. Tell us how and why and give examples. This isn’t a term paper. It’s more like a job application.

Tip 4: Let us know what makes you stand out and be professional. Your reputation won't carry you. Your materials will. So make it shine.
Application Tips for Career Week: 1. Follow instructions & include everything. 2. Submit before deadline & check email afterwards. 3. Be specific! How? Why? 4. Be professional and thorough.

I have never felt so prepared to graduate. This trip made me feel ready to take on the challenges of living filmmaking and embrace whatever path awaits me with passion. I feel grateful to the faculty and students who made this experience one to want to remember.

Joan Salazar
2021 Career Week in LA