The Elon in Los Angeles program was mentioned in an L.A. Times article about semester and summer abroad opportunities in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area.
The story discusses the several schools that have started L.A. programs to give students a chance to intern in the entertainment industry. Elon in Los Angeles coordinator J. McMerty was quoted in the story as saying the opportunity should “demystify” the city to students who have only experienced Hollywood through shows such as “Baywatch” and “Entourage.”
The Elon in Los Angeles program launched last summer and is a nine-week program for students to intern, live and study in Los Angeles. The initial group of 20 students earned six hours of course credit (two hours of internship and four hours of a communications elective).
Opportunities for internships exist within entertainment companies and businesses that support the industry, including casting, distribution of programming and entertainment journalism. Additionally, students take a course on the business of Hollywood and interact with professionals as they discover the ins and outs of conceiving stories, pitching scripts, financing films and recruiting talent. The course is designed to have weekly interactions with entertainment professionals in Hollywood.
Students in Los Angeles for the summer of 2008 received internships at places, such as:
- Inside Edition
- Evolution Entertainment
- The Weinstein Company
- Hollywood Life Magazine
- E! International Dept.
- Screen Gems