Careers and Internships

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Take a look at the credit roll at the end of any film or television production. They represent the careers, jobs and opportunities made possible through our programs here at Seattle Film Institute.

Internships
Our students gain valuable professional experience and contacts through our long running internship program. Whether it’s in Los Angeles with Toby Maguire Entertainment or here in Seattle with Microsoft or Screaming Flea (Hoarders), our internships provide that critical first professional know-how that is crucial to starting your career in film.

At SFI, you’ll gain the education and skills to land that job you’ve dreamed about in the entertainment industry. What’s more, we’ll connect you to those jobs and the experience that will give you an edge through our internship program.

 

 

Grad Stories

"This program offers great training in practical techniques in film scoring, and useful advice for networking. It also has nine recording sessions with live musicians, the largest of which is a 52-piece orchestra. All in all, it was an amazing and motivating experience being around a small class of equally driven composers, all of us working to bring our best work to the table. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is very hard-working and dedicated to the craft of film composition.”

Jeffrey McKenzie, 2016 MM in Film Composing

I'm very happy to say that SFI helped me get to where I am now.  I took the program, worked really hard, and was placed in a really good job in a year, which helped me get to the point I'm at now.

I was working for a youtuber with over 12 million subscribers, in his production company, as an editor.  It really fine tuned my skills, and forced me to be creative everyday.

Corey Embring, 2014 Certificate in Film

After graduating from SFI, Sarah worked as an editor at Screaming Flea productions before moving to San Diego, and then Los Angeles where she now works as an editor.

Sarah Schenter, 2010 Certificate in Film

As it stands now (2009) I am currently the Daybreak Producer for KVII-TV Pronews 7 in Amarillo Texas. I began there as a Photographer and improved my shooting skills through taping live news as it took place, I then was given chance to showcase some of my writing skills(again thanks to David Trees) and was moved to the position of reporter. I was then asked If i could take over producing two evening newscasts and i took right too it. Now after about two years working at the station I am in charge of my own hour and a half broadcast, writing stories, choosing the line up, editing the video, setting interview, and all the other wonderful craziness involved with life television. I could not be where i am today, doing what i love, making good money, without the education I received at the Seattle Film Institute. And not only did the faculty give me an education, they have given me YEARS worth of support to carry me farther than I could have dreamed. I love you guys"

Bryan Oliver, 2003 Certificate in Film

Brian Lawrence interned at Screaming Flea, producer of many popular reality series, including Hoarders.

Brian Lawrence, 2010 Certificate in Film

"The Master of Music program was by far some of the best music instruction I've ever gotten. The material is contemporary, relevant, and practical, and is perhaps the first time I was truly taught how to write music, and how to achieve particular effects. Dr. Mann makes sure that every note we write matters. What's great is that the program also teaches you about the industry, such as finding work, using different music tech, and also giving you the best opportunity of all: conducting live, professional ensembles. I don't think there is a better all-around film music program out there."

Thomas Kresge, 2015 MM in Film Composing

Through the internship program, I was able to work on an independent feature film three days after moving to LA. I not only learned what it is like to work on a real production, but the connections I made from that one internship have now given me eight other job opportunities; and led to my being hired to direct an independent feature film. The internship program has made a world of difference in my life.

Alex Meader,

“PNWFS did an amazing job creating a curriculum to help you learn how to write music to picture, regardless of your experience level.  It covered everything from different softwares, writing techniques, orchestration, and even the business itself.  It's also a great program for those looking to get into the industry.  I've been working in the film industry since graduation, and almost ever single gig I've had can be traced back to connections I made through PNWFS."

Bobby Rose, 2013 MM in Film Composing