Academic Internships in Los Angeles

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As a global city and hub of diversity, Los Angeles is home to people from more than 140 countries speaking over 220 languages. LA boasts the third largest metropolitan economy in the world – and its rise to global prominence is a testament to the spirit of business and its residents. LA is home to a culture of “thinking big”. Global Interns will learn the economy is extremely diversified, with established industry clusters ranging from entertainment, technology and fashion, to financial services, consumer products and tourism.

Art-deco architecture and palm-trees, hip bars and restaurants, a growing public transportation network, and robust opportunities to network with interns and professionals across a wide range of industries – from global corporations to the world-famous studios of Hollywood – LA is a perfect city to experience American and international culture while completing a rewarding internship experience.

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Students interning in Los Angeles are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors.

  • Entertainment/Culture – film, music, fashion, television, theater production, performing arts
  • Trade – transportation, logistics, distribution services
  • Technology, Engineering & Business – management, consulting, computer systems design, engineering services
  • Financial Services – financial investment, insurance
  • Fashion – apparel manufacturing, textile/fabric finishing and coating, jewelry merchant wholesalers
  • Hospitality & Tourism – accommodation, care rentals, amusement parks and arcades, travel arrangements and reservations 

Sample internship placements include: NexusEdge, Maybrook Capital, LA Chamber of Commerce, Social Native, Montgomery Summit, MC Saatchi, City of Santa Monica.
Exact internship is determined through our Personalized Placement Process for each student.

A Typical Los Angeles Internship Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in LA includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student apartments throughout the city. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities and access to laundry. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Los Angeles’ city streets, public transportation opportunities, tips on experiencing the best of LA culture, introduction to local markets and services.

Ongoing Local Support from our local, on-site Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Los Angeles.

Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through your university programs, contact us.