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About the Program

THE GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (FILM 5801) provides Film Studies MA practical film- and media-related experience, providing opportunities to work with Ottawa-area arts institutions, companies, and associations. It gives students the opportunity to put the skills and knowledge they’ve learned at the university into practice, critically reflect on the important work performed by local film and media institutions, and gain additional skills.

Many of our students have gotten jobs after graduation based on the experience, skills, and connections they developed during their Internships.

NOTE: Placements in the practicum and internship program are not guaranteed, regardless of availability. You should always enrol in a back-up course in case you are not accepted into FILM 4805 or 5908.


We have Internship opportunities available at the following organizations and are always cultivating new partnerships:

FILM FESTIVALS: Canadian Film Institute (run by a Carleton instructor!); Ottawa International Animation Festival (run by Carleton grads!); InsideOut Ottawa LGBT Film Festival; One World Film Festival; Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival

ARCHIVES & MUSEUMS: Library and Archives Canada; Ingenium: Canada’s Museum of Science & Innovation; Carleton Audio-Visual Resource Centre (AVRC)

PRODUCTION-RELATED: Digital Art Resource Centre (run by Carleton grads!); Independent Film Co-operative of Ottawa (run by a Carleton grad!); Ottawa Film Office.


  • Must be registered full-time in the Film Studies MA program.
  • Must have completed at least one semester in the MA program.
  • MA students may only do an Internship for one semester, earning 0.5 credits.
  • The 0.5 credits awarded for successful completion of FILM 5801 will count towards the degree requirements for students enrolled in the coursework and major research paper streams only. While students in the thesis stream may complete an internship, it won’t count toward their degree requirements.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Internship – August 20
  • Winter Internship – November 19
  • Summer Internship – March 18

If you are interested in doing a Graduate Internship, please read through the following documents:

Application Instructions:

  1. Consult the available positions posted above and decide on your top three choices.
  2. Request an override for the course via Carleton Central.
  3. Prepare a resume tailored to the job description.
  4. Email application form and polished resume to Professor Professor Aubrey Anable (aubrey.anable@carleton.ca) before the deadline.
  5. Once the applications have been received, I will suggest a match and forward your application to an institution.
  6. If the institution is interested, the on-site supervisor will interview you and contact me with their decision.
  7. If you are accepted, I will instruct the Graduate Administrator to approve your course override. You should then enroll in the course via Carleton Central.
  8. Meet with the on-site supervisor to determine your hours and core duties and to fill out the required forms. You must give the completed forms to the Graduate Administrator (SP 423 or email kristopher.waddell@carleton.ca no later than the first week of the semester.

Forms for starting an internship:

Forms for wrapping up a internship:

Positions available in previous years:

For more information, contact:

Professor Aubrey Anable
Undergraduate Supervisor, Practicum & Internship Coordinator

Note: Students must obtain health and safety training from their placement employer. Please report any health and safety concerns related to unpaid work placements to your departmental co-ordinator and the Office of Risk Management, at risk@carleton.ca.