Cinematic Arts students are strongly encouraged to pursue one or more internships as a way of supplementing their classroom work and exploring different careers in digital media. Further, internships provide the opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, build a portfolio, and network with industry professionals.  Internship experience is invaluable and will give students a significant competitive edge in the job market upon graduating.

According to a new study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), internships correlate to job-search success.  Employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as the most important factor they consider in hiring new college graduates for full-time positions.

Approved internship opportunities are regularly sent out to the student list serves, posted on bulletin boards in the Department of Cinematic Arts facilities and posted on the Cinematic Arts Department website.  Students can meet with the IFDM Program Manager, Diahndra Grill, to get more information about internship opportunities.

Also, make sure to register with the Lobo Career Connection.  This is UNM’s career portal that allows you to:

  • Gain access to hundreds of internship, co-op and post-graduate opportunities specifically for UNM students
  • Sign up for on-campus recruiting (OCR) and company employer information sessions
  • Upload your job-specific resumes, cover letters and other application documents
  • Publish your resume in our resume books that are accessible to top local and national employers
  • Research employer contact/industry information
  • Learn about upcoming Career Services events

Arts Management Internships

If you are a student minoring in Arts Management, you are required to complete an Internship as part of your minor requirements. All internships must be pre-arranged prior to the start of the semester. Please see the Arts Management Requirements and Guidelines and make an appointment with Diahndra Grill to discuss requirements of the internship, and to receive guidance on filling out the Arts Management Internship Agreement once the internship is approved.

Internship for Academic Credit

Department of Cinematic Arts students planning to intern during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semester can intern on a part-time or full-time basis.  To find out the complete details and guidelines for completing an internship for course credit, please see the Cinematic Arts Internship Requirements and Deadlines. If you’re interested in receiving course credit for an approved internship, please print a copy of this document and contact the IFDM Program Manager, Diahndra Grill, to begin the process.

Are you an Employer seeking interns?

If you are an employer seeking to partner with the Department of Cinematic Arts to offer valuable internship opportunities to our students, please contact the IFDM Program Manager, Diahndra Grill at 505.277.4722 or  Employers will be required to submit a brief proposal for review to ensure the internship opportunity meets all UNM guidelines.  Internships are meant to provide valuable mentorship and job opportunities for our undergraduate students.  If your internships proposal is approved, you’ll be asked to sign an Off-Campus Internship Agreement.