One of only two U.S. public institutions to offer a year-around (Fall, Spring, Summer terms) program in Los Angeles, the OHIO-in-LA program gives students an exceptional opportunity to “Learn, Intern, and Experience” LA’s media and creative industries.
Students take classes, complete internships at LA-area companies, and produce a short film in Los Angeles. In addition, participants tour major production studios (e.g., Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, DreamWorks), media companies (e.g., The Jim Henson Company, YouTube Space LA), attend productions (NCIS: Los Angeles,
The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Music Awards), sponsored activities/events (Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland, Dodgers/Angels baseball, alumni screening), and network with hundreds of Ohio University alums and media professionals. The “Big Sibs Program” matches students with a professional mentor (alum), which further enhances opportunities to connect with—and learn from--top media professionals.
Application and Eligibility
The OHIO-in-LA Program is open to Ohio University students classified as juniors or seniors at the beginning of the respective program. Applicants must submit an application, resume, statement of purpose, and three references (name and contact info). All applicants are interviewed by the Program Director. The number of students admitted to the program is capped at 20 during each term. Apply via the Office of Global Opportunities.
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I highly recommend the OHIO-in-LA Program because it gives students a chance to really immerse themselves in the entertainment industry through internships. It is also a great way to meet Ohio University alumni who are living and working in LA; there truly is a big family of Bobcats out there.
-Alexandra Pressman, Summer 2015
This program was the foundation for my professional career. I gained experience, confidence, and created a large network of colleagues and friends. It was an amazing semester!
-Emily Shkoukani, Fall 2015
The Ohio-In-LA program opened my eyes to all the amazing opportunities in the music industry. It gave me not only great insight on how others have made it, but inspired me to set higher goals, work harder, and really drive to make things happen for myself. I truly wouldn’t be on the path I am today if it weren’t for the guidance from the program.
-Nathan Bodiker, Fall 2015
The Ohio-in-LA program really helped me grow in so many ways. I became more confident in myself and my abilities to succeed in this crazy industry. My time and experience in LA have proven to be invaluable!
-Justynne Pride, Summer 2016
The Ohio-In-LA program gave me a chance to truly find my own uniqueness, and all the help I got from professionals really taught me how to shine in a better way. I really believe that for media students, Los Angeles might not be the place you want to have a career, but Ohio-in-LA is definitely an experience you want to have in your career path.
-Deli Xu, Fall 2015
During the Semester in LA program, you gain confidence, professionalism, friendships, and networking skills that are very valuable your career! I'm so glad OU provides this unique opportunity for students.
-Abbey Caporuscio, Fall 2015
Spending my summer in LA has taught me an incredible amount about the place I want to live, and thanks to the people I met through this program I was able to meet people and make friends that have helped me completely transform the way I approach my work. Thanks to this program, I am able to say with 100% certainty that I want to do this for the rest of my life.
-Benny Baggerly, Summer 2016
For more information, contact:
Roger Cooper, Director OHIO-in-LA Program School of Media Arts and Studies Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Global Opportunities