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UNCW students taking advantage of local film internships

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We told you on Friday, working as an intern is one of the best ways to land a job after college. Some UNCW students are doing just that, by taking advantage of opportunities within our local film industry. Alan Neal is a UNCW student who is living out his dream of working in film. He has worked on a number of local productions every summer through UNCW's film studies internship program. He says an internship is experience you can count on to help you in the future. "The job market is shrinking with the current economy so these are pivotal moments to get into a real job here," said Neal. UNCW has placed students in internships for the past eight years. It recently expanded its program to send students to bigger markets like New York and Ls Angeles, working for casting directors and production companies. UNCW internship director, Terry Linehan says allowing students to gain experience and networking opportunities are priceless. "Our goal here is to provide students with opportunities where they can go out and work for a big casting director or a producer in the real world, and get their foot in the door, get established and create a reputation for themselves, and put to use what they have learned here," said Linehan. To help support its internship program, UNCW was awarded a grant to allow 10 lucky students to intern in Los Angeles from the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or better known for the Oscars. Linehan said, "The stamp of approval when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences says 'yes this program is viable and we want to support it with our money,' I believe it adds so much credibility to the program here, and it will attract more students to Wilmington." Many of the students who go through UNCW film studies internships have walked away with a job. The UNCW Internship Office plans to re-apply for the motion picture grant to send more students to Los Angeles next year.

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