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Academy Gold Participating Company FAQ

1. What is required to become a sponsor company?

In order to become a sponsor company, we ask that you:

1) Host up to three (3) interns for the eight-week period
2) Pay intern(s) an hourly wage including compensation for the required Wednesday evening events, orientation and closing graduation ceremony
3) Make a financial donation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation, Education and Preservation, a 501-c not-for-profit
4) Allow sponsored interns to participate in the weekly required Wednesday evening program, two-day orientation and closing ceremony
5) Participate in the Academy’s advisory committee and collaborate on key best practices for the program and for the industry at large
6) Make a concerted effort to foster and promote the Academy Gold program to encourage the participation of intern candidates from underrepresented communities and of diverse backgrounds

2. Are there particular career disciplines that the sponsor company should consider when identifying candidate interns to participate in Academy Gold?

Eligible intern candidates who meet the established criteria as outlined in the Intern FAQs should express a keen interest and career aptitude in media, entertainment and the film industry in below- and above-the-line positions, including, but not limited to: Casting Directors, Cinematographers, Costume Designers, Directors, Documentary, Executives, Film Editors, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists, Music, Producers, Public Relations/Marketing, Film Finance, Short Films and Feature Animation, Sound, Visual Effects/VR, Writers, Engineering, Post-Production, Production, IT, Agents and other related disciplines.

3. How will interns be selected for the Academy Gold program?

Each sponsor company will have the ability to select 1-3 interns for the summer program and will receive a link to refer those qualified students to apply directly on the Academy Gold site.  Sponsor companies will be responsible for recruiting and selecting potential intern candidates for consideration based on each company’s individual intern placement.

4. What services will the Academy provide in the Gold participant selection process? 

The Academy will assist sponsor companies upon request with the pre-screening and assessment process. We will assist in narrowing the selection process for candidates submitted for consideration based on the number of internships requested by each company. Sponsor companies will ultimately be responsible for making the final intern selection decisions.
5. How many interns will be selected for the Academy Gold program each year?

Currently, each participating company will have up to three (3) interns they can recommend for the program. We anticipate that we will have between 75 and 100 interns for this upcoming year.

6. What are the participating sponsor companies for the Academy Gold program this year?

Here is the current list of participating companies for the upcoming year. 

7. How does a sponsor company become part of the Academy advisory committee?

Executive members of the human resources and talent development and inclusion communities within participating companies are invited to join the ongoing advisory committee. The committee generally meets twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. All advisory committee members are welcome to attend any Academy Gold summer events and will be invited accordingly. ADVISORY COMMITTEE FAQs

8. Will the Academy assist with recruiting interns?

As a general rule, the Academy is not responsible for the selection and placement of interns from sponsor companies. Where needed and upon request, the Academy will consider assisting a sponsor company with internal resourcing, including recruitment and sourcing of qualified intern candidates. In general, however, it will be the responsibility of the sponsor company in the final selection, placement and payment of the selected interns for their respective company.

9. Will the sponsor company be provided with metrics as part of the program?

As part of each sponsor company’s participation in the Gold program, the Academy will select an independent partner to provide analytic and metric data to assist partner companies with benchmark and industry-related metrics.