Azusa, Calif.- The Azusa Pacific University Department of Theater, Film, and Television received a $6,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to support APU’s cinematic arts internship program. The grant will help students cover the costs of driving to Hollywood for industry internships during the 2013–2014 academic year.

“We are very grateful to the Academy for making better internship opportunities available to our students by reducing the cost of this valuable experience,” said Michael C. Smith, MFA, Ed.D., professor of cinematic arts at APU. “For media employers, internship experience is often considered the most important aspect of a graduating student's resume. A solid motion picture internship makes a significant difference in allowing students to continue and to apply their learning. These students will one day be a part of the industry that the Academy serves to promote.”

Cinematic arts students participate in a variety of internships during their time at Azusa Pacific University. The Department of Theater, Film, and Television works to place students in internships that support their career plans. Students intern on working sets and at companies like Alcon, DreamWorks, Indian Paintbrush, and New Line Cinema. Most are located in Hollywood or the surrounding Los Angeles area.

The Academy’s Internship Grants Program assists in fostering educational opportunities for students at accredited educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations that might not otherwise be able to participate in a motion picture production-focused internship due to financial limitations.