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How to Get an Internship Working With a Director on a Movie Set

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Getting an internship with a film director can give you a leg up on future film career opportunities. Working with a director gives you a first-hand look at what it takes to make a film. When working for a film director, you must be prepared to take on menial tasks. Still, the experience and insight you gain will prove invaluable as you pursue your career on a full-time basis.

Take a few courses related to film to get some basic knowledge of the filmmaking process. This will make you a much more viable and desirable candidate within the pool of potential interns. These classes can be taken at universities, community colleges or film institutes.

Compile a resume that highlights your experience in the film industry, such as if you've made movies with your friends or in school.

Scour websites such as, and for film directing internships in your area. Most opportunities likely will be in New York and Los Angeles, but there are still films being shot all over the country and the world.

Submit your resume to the jobs you're interested in, making sure to follow the guidelines on how to submit it.

Wait for the studio or director to contact you. Most studios are very busy and do not want potential interns calling or emailing about their status. The studio or director will contact you if they are interested in working with you.


Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.

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