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 Undergraduate Practicum (FILM 4805) offers fourth-year Honours BA students 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 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 Practicum experience.

We have Practicum 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 Carleton grads!); Independent Film Co-operative of Ottawa (run by a Carleton grad!); Parktown Studios


  • Fourth-year standing
  • Minimum overall GPA: 9.0
  • Students may only do a Practicum for one semester, earning 0.5 credits.
  • Students studying within the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Film Studies or on exchange at Carleton are not eligible for a Practicum.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Practicum – August 22
  • Winter Practicum – November 21
  • Summer Practicum – March 31

If you are interested in doing a Practicum, 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 Aubrey Anable
Undergraduate Supervisor, Practicum & Internship Coordinator
Tel. 613-520-2600 x 5046

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.