This is part of series of posts by recipients of the 2019 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You can read the entire series here.
This entry is by Anna Rachelle Frederic, COL ’20
I was given the incredible opportunity to partake in a summer internship in film and television programming. I learned an immense amount of skills in my pursuit of a career in the entertainment industry (screenwriting and film and TV production). It was amazing to learn about the inner workings of entertainment development, more specifically film and television, which is a field that greatly intrigues and excites me. I learned much about the complex and ever-changing industry, and I am very much looking forward to a real career in this field in the near future.
As an English major with a concentration in Cinema and Media Studies, I have not only explored my passion for cinema and entertainment in the classroom, but I was able to apply what I have learned so far into the real-life production side of the industry. Throughout the summer, I developed and honed my visual awareness and perceptual acuity pertaining to creative affairs. In only a short time, I have not only learned the basic tenets of what it takes to manage programming the behind the scenes, but I have become acquainted with the business of entertainment production.
Being able to pursue this opportunity as a programming intern would not have been possible without the help of Career Services. Luckily, I didn’t have to let this opportunity pass me by because of financial infeasibility, as I was able to afford necessities like housing and transportation through the generous funding for the three months I was in California. I gained invaluable knowledge of programming, which encourages me to pursue my desire to ensure the stability, inclusivity, growth and enrichment of the entertainment community at large.