CSULB FEA Department Office: UTC 104      Phone: 562-985-5404     Fax: 562-985-5405

FEA Internships

Internships offer students an opportunity to explore career possibilities, to enhance their classroom education with real-world experience, and to network with entertainment industry professionals.

The Department of Film and Electronic Arts has a long tradition of student internship activity. For more information, please contact Administrative Coordinator Donna Thomas at 562-985-5404 or donna.thomas@csulb.edu

CSU Media Internships

Many of our students have taken advantage of the Media Internship program offered by the California State University system and its Entertainment Industry Initiative. Hundreds of internships have been established by the university in the areas of media production, distribution, and administration.

For more information about this exciting program, please see the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative website: https://csueii.wordpress.com/

The Media Internship Program serves 3 purposes:

  1. Operates as a central clearinghouse to disseminate internship information to entertainment/media students from all 23 CSU campuses
    • MIP staff provides resume & cover letter feedback
    • MIP staff offers assistance with the application process and provides a personal recommendation to hiring managers, whenever possible
  2. Facilitates enrollment so students receive school credit for internships
    • LCA 576 is offered year-round through SFSU's College of Extended Learning
    • For a low $200 enrollment fee students can earn 3 units for completing a minimum of 90 internship hours
    • Students are eligible to enroll in LCA 576 while in school and for up to 2 years after graduation
    • LCA 576 may be repeated up to 3 times, for a maximum of 9 units
  3. Approves prospective internship host companies and maintains documentation of the teaching/learning outcomes to ensure compliance with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act

The Media Internship Program is an excellent option to recommend to students who:

  • are enrolled in an internship class but need assistance securing an internship
  • have not completed the prerequisites to enroll in an upper division internship course
  • need school credit for an internship they have already identified
  • are new to the major and want to explore the Entertainment Industry landscape

How can CSU students participate?

FEA Career Day

Inaugurated in 2007, FEA Career Day is an annual department event in May that brings top entertainment industry professionals and successful alumni to campus for some candid talk about what it takes to launch and maintain a career. After a panel discussion in the University Theatre, students drop into informal break-out sessions in individual classrooms where they can talk and network with the panelists.

History of FEA Career Day (.pdf)