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Experiential Learning


  • Students attending the Sundance Film Festival
  • Heinz College Faculty Members and Industry Professionals at Sundance Film Festival
  • A musician smiles as she plays before a crowd
  • A Student Presents Research at Sundance Film festival
  • Students Listen to a Speaker during SXSW
  • A Crowd at a Party During the Sundance Film Festival

Ideas to Action


From client projects to industry events, practical experience is a cornerstone of your Heinz College education.

Effective leaders and managers must know how to deliver on their ideas in a measurable way, clearly communicate with all stakeholders, and understand how their roles and decisions fit into the broader landscape of the field. To achieve these competencies, there is no substitute for meaningful hands-on learning experiences that bridge learned theories and best practices.

AT HEINZ, YOU WILL:

  • Experience two unique and exciting cultural centers, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
  • Have access to exclusive industry events, speakers, and networking opportunities.
  • Move beyond the classroom and gain tangible skills through work opportunities both on- and off-campus, including your second-year apprenticeship in the entertainment industry.
  • Solve a real-world problem for a real-world client in your team-based Capstone Project, collaborating with our top industry and government partners.
  • Make meaningful connections through internships and apprenticeships, many of which lead to full-time job offers.
  • Apply your newly earned knowledge from class to immersive activities, workshops, events, and student clubs.

Not only do these opportunities crystallize concepts and strategies learned in coursework, they add highly marketable industry experience to your resume prior to graduation.

INTERNSHIPS – get an insider’s perspective


Students are required to complete multiple internships in the entertainment industry throughout the course of the MEIM program; these include a summer internship between the first and second years, and practicum internship(s) completed alongside coursework during the second year.

During the entire second year, students work 30+ hours per week (or a minimum of 300 hours during each semester) alongside a full-time load of courses. This constitutes a total immersion in the entertainment industry, providing the students with a critical platform for showcasing their knowledge and skills while building their professional networks.

These opportunities add up to over 1000 hours of practical work in the industry prior to graduation. No other program delivers that depth of experience.

Film Festivals


A female student leans against a brightly painted wall at South by Southwest

MEIM cohorts travel to major film festivals as a group, to experience that apsect of the industry first-hand. MEIM alumni have a growing presence on the festival circuit, whether as content producers or presenters/panelists. MEIM alumni regularly organize special events for current students as well. In recent years, MEIM alumni and students have even had work shown at a major festival. 

Networking, Industry Trips, and Special Presentations


Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset

The MEIM Program organizes a number of unique opportunities for networking with and gaining insight from top industry professionals. These opportunities include speakers, "industry night" seminars, presentations, and Network New York, which has become a centerpiece of the program's first year.

ON-CAMPUS POSITIONS

U.S. Citizens enrolled in the MEIM program can work part-time for organizations in the Pittsburgh region, and work for public and non-profit firms is often eligible for Federal Community Service Work Study. 

See the MEIM Student Finances page for more information about work study and fellowship opportunities.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES & CLUBS

Many Heinz College students complement their education with involvement in immersive student activities and clubs. In some cases these activities are purely recreational or centered on community-building, but in many others they can be direct extensions of, or supplements to, coursework.