Semester in LA

Internships

At SiLA, we see an internship as a natural bridge between the classroom and the professional world. It can give you a deeper understanding of how the West Coast entertainment and communication industries work and insight into what opportunities exist for your skill set.

You'll be required to work a minimum of 75 hours per semester at an internship in your field. Los Angeles companies typically expect students to work 2-3 days each week during the spring and fall semesters, and 3-5 days each week if you attend the summer semester.

Upon acceptance into SiLA, you’ll meet with the Career Center, create a free account with Handshake, and attend an orientation on the internship process. The SiLA Program Manager will guide you through the internship search and serve as your advisor throughout.

The intern experience is attached to a 3-credit academic course where you’ll regularly meet with peers and a Los Angeles instructor to discuss career development. Most SiLA courses are scheduled for late afternoon or early evening so you can attend your internship during regular business hours.

Students must get permission from SiLA before accepting an internship offer. Please email semesterinla@colum.edu or phone (323) 960-8020 before committing.

Answers to FAQ:

Columbia Internship Award

The Columbia Internship Award was established to defray the tuition costs associated with an unpaid internship. Visit the Student Financial Services site for more information.

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