A view from the Hollywood Hills of downtown Los Angeles.

Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles

Introduction

The Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program gives you the opportunity to live, work and learn in the heart of America’s entertainment industry. Los Angeles is home to the “Big 5” film studios, 10 professional sports franchises, major broadcast news network bureaus — including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — and a media market that reaches more than 5 million people daily.

Overview

Opportunity from coast to coast

The city of Los Angeles is more than a sunny, sprawling West Coast metropolis; it is an experience unlike any other for students and young professionals in the communications field, and the QU in LA program positions you in the center of that experience.

You’ll immediately begin an internship — chosen before your arrival — that is at once challenging and rewarding, and allows you to learn from veteran professionals and mentors. Through them you gain not only industry knowledge and tangible skills, but access to a strong network in the area.

Outside of work, your growth only continues against the diverse cultural and artistic backdrop of sunny Southern California. The greater Los Angeles area offers a wealth of unique opportunities for cultural enrichment. Activities have included group trips to the J. Paul Getty Museum, USC football games, hiking in Laurel Canyon and outings to famous LA landmarks like the Hollywood sign.

While QU in LA is a fully immersive experience, you are not without a support system. You’ll be housed in one central location with your program peers, and have on-site access to a full-time program director, available at all times. With a regularly expanding library of contacts at his disposal, he will put you in touch with all of the personal and professional resources you may need.

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Program growth

Since its launch in 2014, the number of students who have taken the opportunity to study and intern in Los Angeles has grown by 150%.

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Student Brooke Mommsen shown in front of the Ghostbusters car during her QU LA internship.

Who are you gonna call?

Brooke Mommsen '18 read scripts and assisted in the office for Montecito Picture Company, which was involved with the production of "Ghostbusters."

Student Profile: Brooke Mommsen

Breaking into the business

Aspiring filmmaker Brooke Mommsen “absolutely loved” her time in the QU in LA program.

In Fall 2016 she did two internships: three days a week at Montecito Pictures, and two days a week at Eclectic Pictures. “I couldn’t believe that not only was I able to work at these companies, but that I was able to do so much,” she says. “I did script coverage, I transcribed notes for film scripts, I made appointments, I called agents, I worked with the casting department. Between the two internships, I probably read more than 70 scripts. I kept showing them that I was ambitious and they reciprocated by giving me more tasks to do.”

At Montecito, Mommsen was able to develop a close working relationship with producer Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters"), who sought her out because she was the only intern who knew how to use the scriptwriting software Final Draft. “I attribute that to the really great education and amazing preparation that I got at QU,” says Mommsen. “Working with Ivan was a very cool experience. He asked me what I thought about the scripts. He took what I said to heart, which is really nice. I loved working there.”

Mommsen says that she was told to contact the producers at Montecito after she graduates. “My dream is to go back to LA and to work in film development and perhaps eventually be a screenwriter,” she says. “Participating in QU in LA was one of the best decisions of my life.”

Brooke Mommsen and Amanda Maruco take a group hike up Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Beginning a professional ascent

Brooke Mommsen '18, left, and Shanna McCarriston '18 de-stress in the California sunshine during a group hike up Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Partners and Industries

Expanding your professional network

Since the program’s inception in 2014, students have had internships at companies across LA in several disciplines, including script writing, film production, finance, marketing and public relations. Companies where you might one day intern include:

  • 20th Century Fox
  • ABC News
  • Atlantic Records
  • CBS-TV
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • E! Network
  • Ellen Degeneres Show
  • Facebook
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Fox Network
  • 
HBO Entertainment
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Marvel Studios
  • Miramax

  • MTV Networks (Viacom)
  • NBC Universal

  • Salon.com

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time Warner
  • 
Universal Music Group

  • Warner Bros. 
  • Yahoo

The director of the QU in LA is constantly expanding our network with companies in the Los Angeles area. Download the complete list of internships available (as of July 2017).

“Julianne’s ability to execute an idea that our staff presented to her and create a product that we were proud to use was a major benefit for us. She has a strong familiarity with various design programs and tools and has a creative mind that continues to give us great material.”
Matthew Lerman, Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations, LMU
Speaking of Julianne Van Gorden '19, Graphic & Interactive Design major

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Matt Kravitsky meets with QU in LA Program Director Jameson Cherilus in the “Ghostbusters” offices.

Making an imprint on the industry

Matt Kravitsky '18 meets with Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles Program Director Jameson Cherilus in the “Ghostbusters” offices. Kravitsky, a film, television and media arts major, completed an internship with Montecito Picture Company, which produced the film.

In Their Words

Student Kayla DeStephen in front of a green screen during her internship with FJ Productions.

Ready for the big screen

Kayla DeStephen '18 spent her semester interning with FJ Productions.

Learning from the legends

Kayla DeStephen '18, an aspiring TV director, spent the Spring 2017 semester in Los Angeles working as an intern at FJ Productions.

“The QU in LA program was one of the main factors I considered when choosing Quinnipiac,” said DeStephen. “I loved the idea of coming to Los Angeles and the fact that I wouldn’t have to come by myself and figure everything out on my own.”

DeStephen worked at FJ Productions five hours a day, five days a week. She shared an office with her boss, Harlan Freedman, a prolific creator and producer of reality TV shows. “I was constantly able to hear his conversations and get involved in everything he was working on,” she said. “He took the time to explain everything to me.”

Going all in

Jacqueline Gallagher ’16 was so impressed with the QU in LA program that she enrolled in it twice.

Her first internship, during the Spring 2015 semester, was at the Kennedy Marshall Company, a film production firm. She stayed through the summer of 2015 after landing an internship at Blumhouse Productions. “I really appreciate how the Quinnipiac program has a lot of connections and they are willing to help you by reaching out to companies,” she says about landing the internships. “It’s really great.”

Both internship experiences were extremely positive. “LA has a reputation of being kind of dog-eat-dog. But all of my internship bosses were so great and so helpful and I have maintained really close relationships with them,” she says.

In fact, her boss from Blumhouse called Gallagher shortly after she graduated from Quinnipiac with a job offer. The only caveat: it was starting in a few days. “I packed up my life, moved to LA and started working immediately,” says Gallagher, who is now a casting assistant at Aufiero/Horn Casting. “I love my job.”

Gallagher believes participating in the QU in LA program set her up for success. “I attribute the fact that I was able to pick up and move out here right after graduation, with no real worries or concerns, to the fact that I was in the QU in LA program.  The program gives you all the tools to make it possible.”

Jacqueline Gallagher, a casting assistant for Aufiero/Horn, behind a camera during a photo shoot.

No stranger to the bright lights

Jacqueline Gallagher ’16 is a casting assistant for Aufiero/Horn. The alumna attributes her success to the hands-on experience and networking opportunities she gained during her two semesters in the program.

Student Allison Dohnert leans on a colorfully painted wall in Los Angeles.
“It was the best experience of my life. If I could go back tomorrow, I would.”
Allison Dohnert ‘18
Interactive Digital Design
Student Linda Vilay shown at AwesomenessTV during her QU in LA internship.

Awesome internship

Linda Vilay '19 at her internship with AwesomenessTV during her semester at QU in LA.

“A big part of why I wanted to go to Los Angeles was to experience living in the entertainment capital of the world. I felt there would be a lot of opportunities for me there — and there were. During my semester in LA, I was able to gain experience at two very different places — AwesomenessTV and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. I could not have asked for a better overall experience.”
Linda Vilay '19
Media Studies

Map of LA Area

Map of the location of QU in LA's student housing and the surrounding area.

The ideal staging point

The QU in LA program's Oakwood Complex leverages an ideal West Hollywood location. Geographically, students are put in the center of what makes living and working in Los Angeles a dynamic and unforgettable experience.

Student Life

In the heart of it all

Students in the QU in LA program are housed in Shores Marina Del Rey. In addition to the comforts and accommodations that Shores offers, its safe and centralized West LA location makes for an easy daily commute to internships and everywhere in between, from Beverly Hills to Venice Beach.

We believe you should get to experience as much of living and working in Los Angeles as possible — with a little less of its world-famous traffic. 

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