Due to the ongoing public health crisis the Film Studies Program has suspended the practicum and internship program for the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

We currently 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: Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science & Innovation; Carleton Audio-Visual Resource Centre (AVRC)

* PRODUCTION RELATED: SAW Video Media Art Centre (run by a Carleton grad!); Independent Film Cooperative of Ottawa (run by a Carleton grad!); Parktown Studios


  • 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 22
  • Winter Internship – November 21
  • Summer Internship – March 31

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 and have it reviewed by Career Services’ Drop-In Review Service (401 Tory, M-F 8:30-4:30). This step is required! The resume must be polished and tailored to the desired job.
  4. Email application form and polished resume to laura.horak@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 Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Administrator (SP 423) no later than the first week of the semester.

Forms for starting a practicum:

Forms for wrapping up a practicum:

Positions available in previous years:

For more information, contact:

Professor Laura Horak
Undergraduate Supervisor, Practicum & Internship Coordinator
Tel. 613-520-2600 x4010

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 Professor Horak and Tony Lackey, Director of Risk and Insurance at Carleton University.