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 practicum internship 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.
Heinz College MEIM students complete a team-based project, working in close collaboration with a real-world client. These projects fulfill an actual business or operational need for our partners, giving students an opportunity to have a measurable impact while still in school.
Recent MEIM Capstone clients include:
- Bally Sports Networks
- The Les Paul Foundation
- XRM Media
- Warner Bros.
- John Wells Productions
- Sundance Film Festival
- Omelet/Cheat Code
- Ayzenberg Group
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, you will 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 you with a critical platform for showcasing your knowledge and skills while building your professional network.
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.
MEIM cohorts travel to major film festivals as a group, to experience that
MEIM AT SXSW
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Networking, Industry Trips, and Special Presentations
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.
Our faculty are more than instructors. They are innovators and mentors who work to solve major problems facing the entertainment industry. Most importantly, our faculty are uncommonly accessible and include students in their groundbreaking work.
As a Heinz College student, you have many opportunities to enrich your grad school experience by working closely with world-renowned researchers and industry practitioners.
- Collaborate one-on-one with a faculty member on an independent project
- Contribute to a faculty member’s work as a research assistant
- Get involved with faculty projects through a CMU research center, including the Initiative for Digital Media Analytics and Entertainment Technology Center
Many classes at Heinz College focus on team-based experiential projects, advised by a faculty expert, and that's especially the case in the MEIM program. These projects aim to present real entertainment management issues and provide a practical edge. Project courses include:
- Navigating the Practical Realities of the Entertainment Industry – group projects present about agencies, management firms, entertainment lawyers, and PR firms
- TV Economics – group projects revolve around the negotiation, development, and production of scripted series based on IP
- Live Music and Revenue Streams – groups design a concert tour which includes logistics, cities, dates, and support
- Fellowship positions are available through the College of Fine Arts School of Music and School of Drama. MEIM students may engage with other departments on campus as well, such as the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology (IDeATe) network.
- Research Assistantships pair students with faculty and research centers to pursue topics of interest, including the Heinz College-affiliated Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA) research center.
- Teaching Assistantships are available to students in the final two semesters of their program.
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.