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Interning for one of the top-grossing movie studios in the world would be a dream come true, right? For Alejandra Rodriguez ’14 this dream has become a reality.
When it came time to start looking for an internship, the first person Rodriguez sought for help was her entertainment and tourism management professor, Harold Fraser.
“I explained that I wanted to work in the music or film industry,” says Rodriguez. “ He recommended that I apply to Paramount Pictures through their online application.”
Once Rodriguez applied, Fraser and co-chair of the department, Kim Tarantino, sent Rodriguez’s resume directly to their connections at Paramount Pictures.
Out of 5,000 applicants, Rodriguez was one of 100 students chosen for the paid internship.
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce was also an important tool Rodriguez used to get ready for her interview. “They put together workshops and mock interviews to practice skills,” she says. “I learned the process of ‘selling yourself’ in an interview and how to be professional yet conversational.” After the interview, Rodriguez felt great.
She was placed in the post-production department, which handles the movies that are on their way to the big screen. The eager intern spent most of her days scheduling talent for their voice over sessions, running copies of film to the archive department, sitting in on screenings and attending seminars which connected the interns with the high-powered Paramount executives.
Now that the 10-week summer program is over, Rodriguez is back in school finishing up her last year at CSUF. However, Paramount is still knocking. With graduation just around the corner, landing this big-time internship could very well land Rodriguez a big-time job.