Life goes to Academy internships this summer, in a virtual manner. With the fourth year of Academy Gold, its entertainment industry internship enhancement and mentoring program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plows forward. The curriculum will be interactive during the summer, as the pandemic progresses, with an extension plan in the fall for all students who missed their summer internships.
Academy Gold internships
“In the light of a pandemic and our continuing attempts to promote diversity in our business, the decision about how to proceed with the Academy Gold plan this summer was quite straightforward, “says Academy COO Christine Simmons.” Our pipeline system becomes more important at a moment when COVID-19 overwhelmingly impacts the under-represented populations.The needs are increased, and we’re committed to providing these students and young professionals with an informative, enjoyable and fulfilling interactive environment that will transform their trajectory in our industry.
The Academy has also succeeded in sealing commitments from 19 partner companies. AMC Networks, Bron Studios, Circle of Confusion, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). AlsoThe Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, DTS (part of Xperi Corporation), FotoKem, HBO. As well as Evolve Entertainment Fund of Los Angeles, Moving Picture Institute, Panavision / Light Iron. Alongside Paradigm Talent Agency, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Pictures.
“Their help is crucial to Academy Gold ‘s progress”. Nancy Utley, governor of the Academy and chair of the Education and Outreach Committeesaid. “And we applaud them for seeking creative ways to continue their internship programs through this difficult and unpredictable era.”
Any of the organizations will fund up to three interns for the initiative. Which kicks off June 17 with a two-day induction that features Academy Governors. Also leaders and other industry guests, production and client forums. As well as interactive tours of the Academy ‘s Film Registry, Margaret Herrick Library. And the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.