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Film and Media Arts: Career Benefits

Barry Levinson

"If artistic aptitude isn’t nurtured, it doesn’t know what to do. You need a mentor, guidance. The fact that one professor at American University had enough interest in me led to working in a practical situation. That opportunity opened the door.”

Barry Levinson, BA ’67 – Academy Award Director, Rainman; producer, director Wag the Dog; director, writer, Man of the Year; Participant, SOC Alumni Mentoring Program; Member, SOC Dean’s Advisory Council

Career Center

SOC has two full time Career Advisors to help its students land internships and plan their career. Find out more here.

Visions Film Festival

SOC's annual Visions Awards honors top SOC students whose work meets the highest standards of artistic and professional excellence. The Visions Awards, which attracts respected media industry professionals and students from all disciplines. Read more

Prague Film & Photography Programs

The FAMU International Film Program is an enclave program designed for students highly motivated to produce and direct their own stories in super 16mm film. The Photography Program is for students with a background in photography who want to develop their skills and portfolios by working with master photographer, Miroslav Vojtchovský. Both programs are offered every semester. Read more.

Mentoring Program

SOC’s unique mentoring program is bridging the gap between the classroom and the professional world as students prepare for future careers in communication. Every year, dozens of upper-level and graduate students are paired with SOC alumni who are thriving in their fields, and who are able to help students navigate career paths. Whether it is counseling mentees on their future career goals, sharing tips to improve resumes and portfolios or helping students land internships and job opportunities, professional mentors are an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for students. Read more

Internships

Internships are a way of life at SOC. The School of Communication offers undergrad and graduate students the opportunity to get course credit for one internship but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.

Internships: Kevin Borow

Dean's Intern Kevin Borow stands in front of the Smithsonian Institution, National History Museum's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Kevin Borow interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Internships: Regan Alsup

Dean's Intern Regan Alsup has been part of a project to develop a climate change video series targeted towards National Park Service interpreters and rangers.

Regan Alsup interned with the National Park Service in D.C.

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Video: How to Make the Most Out of Your Internship

SOC Charlotte Hendrix and Steve Buttry

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