Creative BC does not provide direct connections for internship possibilities, however for graduating high school students or students entering college, a supervised internship can be one way of gaining experience in the industry. Usually these internships are available at smaller production companies that do projects like corporate & music videos, commercials, and reality/unscripted television – essentially a company that either develops its own content or does small scale, in-house production.
Students should do some research on the internet to find local companies and then reach out via email or in person to ask about potential internships. As a heads up, the larger, more recognizable productions in the lower mainland usually can’t accept unpaid volunteers or interns as there are liability/safety issues as well as union hiring practices to negotiate.
Student and independent film makers with small budgets are often looking for volunteers and sometimes volunteer job postings can also be found online. Careful research and being tenacious in pursuing possible internship positions will be the key to success!