Academy Gold Program


The Academy Gold Program is a talent diversity and inclusion initiative designed to enhance internship experiences under the Academy brand. The initiative will ultimately cement, strengthen and clarify long-standing but independent efforts to address concerns of accessibility and opportunity for underrepresented communities throughout our country.


Gold Students 2017

Gold Students 2017

The Academy offers unprecedented and exclusive access to industry professionals through its more than 9,000 members. Academy Gold works in conjunction with various studios, industry suppliers and key organizations to create an eight (8) week summer educational and networking experience as the first part of a multi-tiered program. The summer provides an emphasis on high-quality talent to help participants acquire the knowledge, skills and connections to achieve success as they navigate above-the-line and below-the-line full time careers in entertainment.


The Academy Gold Intern Track is available for students who have internships at the Academy or other partner companies.

The Academy Gold Production Track is available for students with specific below-the-line career focuses in cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, sound, and visual effects. Students on this track will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience shooting on a sound stage, as well as spend one week on the set of an active production shadowing various departments, health and safety regulations permitting. While the Academy Gold Production Track does not offer internships, students who have internships at outside companies are encouraged to apply.


The 2021 program runs from mid-June through mid-August 2021. Those interns who work directly for The Academy work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Hours vary for interns employed by participating companies.

• Applications Open: January 2021 
• Application Deadline: March 2021
• Eligibility requirements: Community College and University Undergraduate or Graduate students from Class of 2021 or 2022 in good academic standing are eligible. 
• Students applying from out-of-state for the 2021 Academy Gold Program, check back in future for financial stipend opportunities
• Click here to view a sampling of internships that were posted for Gold in 2020.
• Students applying from out-of-state for the 2021 Academy Gold Program, click here and check back in future for possible financial stipend opportunities or email


The Gold Program initiative affords top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an all-inclusive pass to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent.

To all our partner companies, we thank you for your participation in this valuable program and your commitment towards creating a path of career advancement and opportunity for aspiring young talent within our industry. More information for participating companies is available here

For employers interested in participating in the Academy Gold Program, contact us here

For students interested in applying for an internship, and for a full list of participating companies, click here


Academy Gold is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The Academy Gold Production Track is made possible in part by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.

Additional support is provided by The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Ruderman Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Leon Silverman, and Charles de Limur.