The Television Academy Foundation shapes the art of creating television by engaging and educating the next generation of television professionals. Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Foundation has nurtured thousands of burgeoning talents, providing essential resources that help them discover their voices, refine their skills and forge rewarding careers in every sector of the television industry. Foundation alumni include prominent writers, producers, documentarians, creative executives, network presidents and more.
The Foundation prepares budding leaders and storytellers through our preeminent programs:
-Our Internship Program annually provides nearly 50 students from across the nation with hands-on work experience, mentorships, and opportunities for accelerated career development in more than 30 categories.
-Our Visiting Professionals Program connects universities with industry leaders willing to share their expertise with students through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions.
-Our Faculty Seminar reaches into classrooms nationwide through 20 professors annually selected for immersion into week-long entertainment industry seminars.
-Our College Television Awards recognize and reward excellence in student-produced television across the nation, awarding over 65 trophies in 13 categories annually.
-The Archive of American Television preserves the history of television and provides an invaluable research platform to students, professionals, teachers, and the public at large.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on support from philanthropists and sponsors who share the understanding that investing in today's educators and students pays dividends in tomorrow's more enlightened and innovative industry leaders. We invite you to consider the possibilities when you partner with us to help shape the future of television.
Documentary Development Intern
June 2019 - August 2019
Los Angeles, CA
“I loved that every intern was given their own company to work with, depending on the area of film-making they wanted to grow in. I worked with a documentary production company called Daniel H. Birman Productions. I never felt like I was an intern. There was so much respect and my views were valued. I was included in all the meetings, including those with executives from other companies like Netflix. I learnt so much during this internship period.
I also loved all the networking and professional development events which the Television Academy Foundation had planned for all interns. We got to meet some of the giants in the TV and Film industry as well as successful alumni of the Internship Program.
Overall, I liked the exposure and networking opportunities given. I also love that our cohort was very diverse.”