The ACE Internship Program

Each year, ACE selects two applicants for its Internship Program. This program gives an opportunity to talented and highly motivated college graduates who wish to pursue a career in post-production motion picture and TV editorial.
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The cost to apply is $100 and includes  the “Lecture Series” which ALL applicants are invited to attend. The application period is now open through Sept 30th, 2017. Applications arriving later will NOT be considered.

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2017 Interns, Emily Kraklow & Israel Vasquez

The Internship Program Structure

The structure of the Internship Program emphasizes assistant picture editing. The program includes:

Orientation (begins day of in-person interviews), interns are assigned editing rooms where they shadow assistant editors.

Observation of work in a variety of editing venues (Scripted Television, Features, and Reality TV).

Exploration of post production facilities (lab, telecine room, VFX house, sound effects and music editing rooms, ADR and dub stages).

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These offer the opportunity to observe different styles and requirements of each room and see what assistant editors are expected to deliver during the making of a project. It is an opportunity for interns to absorb, question, compare and contrast what they’ve learned in school and on the job. During this time there are many opportunities to network with other interns, assistant editors, editors and filmmakers. Before and after the program, the Internship Committee meets with the interns to prepare, encourage, and mentor them. Interns are expected to:

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-Email a daily journal to their assigned mentor (an ACE member) recapping what they have learned each day of the program.

-Work at the ACE Blue Ribbon Panel screenings where ACE members vote for films nominated for an Eddie Award.

-Attend the Eddie nominee cocktail party where interns receive their plaques of participation.

-Attend the Eddie Awards and black-tie banquet after-party.

-Work at the Invisible Art, Visible Artist event (where a panel of the current Oscar nominees screen sequences from their films) the day prior to the Academy Awards.

-Help host a thank-you dinner sponsored by ACE for editors, assistants and post personnel who participated in the Internship Program.

-Write an article for the ACE Cinema Editor Magazine describing his or her experience.

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It is also expected that ACE interns will return the following year to participate in the orientation of new interns. This helps foster the basic ideology of mentoring. The ACE Internship Program is sponsored by the NAB Show.

The Lecture Series 

The ACE Program begins with a seminar which ALL applicants are invited to attend. The cost for this seminar is included in the application fee.

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It takes place in January, and consists of four separate panels of Editors and Assistant Editors with a wide variety of experience in features, scripted television, and reality.  Over the course of the two day lecture series, attendees will learn what it takes to become a successful assistant editor in the TV/film industry.

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The lecture topics are:

Lecture #1
Getting Started, Etiquette in the cutting room, Protocol, and Skills
Lecture #2
Assisting in TV and Features: From Dailies to Online
Lecture #3
ACE Editors: How We Got Our Breaks
Lecture #4
Editors / Assistants in Reality TV: An Insiders View

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Over the past few years, we have hosted the panels with some wonderful and talented ACE editors, including: Angus Wall, Mary Jo Markey, Pam Wise, Matt Chessé, Stephen Mirrione, Steve Rivkin, John Refoua, Bonnie Koehler, Briana London, Susanne Malles, Alan Heim, Michael Tronick, Maysie Hoy, Tina Hirsch, Mark Goldblatt, Diana Friedberg, Troy Takaki, Stephen Lovejoy, Chris Cooke, Hunter Via, Tom Cross, Fred Raskin, Alan Bell, Dody Dorn, Maryann Brandon, Dan Lebental and many more.

*Food/Refreshments provided during The Lecture Series

Contact us if you are interested in finding out how to sponsor a student program with ACE.