Career & Internship


There are a wide variety of internships that are of interest to Film Studies students. In addition to opportunities in film and television production companies and at film festivals, many companies, non-profits, museums, archives, and libraries offer internships in their production and communications divisions. They provide excellent opportunities for Film Studies students to build upon their classroom learning with experiences in many aspects of visual and cultural production. Students who are interested in securing internships should consult with their faculty advisor and visit Career Services for more information.

Recent Film Studies internships include:

Roserock Studios (Los Angeles)
Gran Vista Productions (Los Angeles)
Far Hills Pictures (Los Angeles)
The American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (NYC Office)
South Carolina Film Commission
Virginia Film Commission
Hamptons International Film Festival
Anthology Film Archives (NYC)
Film Forum (NYC)
Campbell Studios (Philadelphia, PA)
The Firestarter Group (Richmond VA)

Additionally, Film Studies majors are strongly encouraged to apply for internships with one of the many film festivals and film series offered in the greater Richmond area. 

Shorter work experiences — anything from one day to two weeks — may also be found on films and other media being produced in the Richmond area.

Post-Grad Opportunities

There are no predictable paths after a Film Studies major. Students find careers in a wide variety of areas and industries, proving the old adage that if you choose a major you're passionate about, you are much more likely to discover and develop your own personal skills, interests and values. These ultimately will help you find a rewarding profession.

Skills You Will Gain as a Film Studies Major

  • Producing digital media, including project conception, screenwriting, directing, and editing and other post-production skills
  • Analyzing and interpreting both visual and written media
  • Writing concisely and creatively
  • Formulating convincing arguments
  • Presenting arguments persuasively
  • Balancing alternative viewpoints
  • Evaluating and using information resources
  • Thinking independently
  • Balancing theory with practice
  • Shaping general ideas into specific points and programs
  • Synthesizing ideas/themes

Ready for Graduate School

Getting involved in production and research is one of the best ways to prepare for graduate school. As a Film Studies major at Richmond, the opportunity both to make your own films and to pursue research with faculty gives you a head start on the graduate school experience. If you think graduate school is for you, be sure to contact a faculty mentor to get started.

Get Out There

Remember, it’s never too early to visit Career Services. Exploring how your skills, experiences, interests and values can influence your career choices is something you can do from your first year at Richmond through your fourth and beyond. Whether you are searching for that first job, exploring graduate school options, or considering something unique like a bridge experience or fellowship, Career Services can help you get there.