The ACE Internship Program
The ACE Internship was created in the early 1990’s by William Gordean, ACE, and has been directed by Lori Jane Coleman, ACE, and co-chaired by Diana Friedberg, ACE for nearly two decades. As of 2015, the internship program is chaired by Carsten Kurpanek and co-chaired by Tyler Nelson, both ACE intern alumni. The program has been carefully streamlined through the years to guarantee that the rules of each studio, production, and editing room are met.
ACE Intern alumni have becomes successful assistant editors and some have made the jump to editor, e.g. Hunter Via, ACE (The Walking Dead, The Mist), Mark Hartzell (True Blood, Resurrection, Scream) and Julia Wong, ACE (Good Luck Chuck, Red Riding Hood, Hercules). This success is due to the practical experience, networking opportunities, and professional insights these budding editors receive while attending the program.
As of 2014, NAB has been sponsoring the program so that ACE can offer a stipend to each intern. This program has also been sanctioned by the Motion Picture Editors Guild.