Working as a casting intern gives you an upclose look at the behind-the-scenes side of the television and film industries. You’ll learn every aspect of the casting process, from finding talent to putting together a production. Personal connections can help open doors, but you can also find leads by searching online or contacting companies you’d like to intern with.
Browse casting agency and professional association websites for internship postings and contact information, focusing on agencies with offices in Los Angeles or production companies and television shows that film there. At the Casting Society of America site, for example, you can sign up for email updates notifying you of new internship postings. Some casting agencies and TV shows post the application and eligibility requirements for casting interns on their sites. You can also reach out to any company you’re interested in interning with. Call the company and ask who handles intern selection.
Submitting an Application
You’ll need to apply early, because organizations typically have application deadlines for each semester. For example, for a spring internship you might need to apply by the end of November. Submit a cover letter and current resume, highlighting skills you mastered and what you achieved at previous jobs or internships. Some employers might request that you also note what hours and days of the week you’re available and submit a letter confirming you’re eligible to receive college credit for the internship.
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