California community college students will have greater access to highly coveted summer internships with major film studios under a partnership announced Friday with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Each year, the Academy receives close to 10,000 applications for 80 to 100 internships. Under the new partnership, up to 10 internships for the production track will be set aside for California community college students.

“California community college students are learning all the skills necessary to enter the film industry from directing to cinematography, costume design to editing. Their life experiences … juggling families, work and education, give them a unique perspective on storytelling and that’s why I am so excited about this partnership with the Academy and California’s major film studios,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley said.

The Academy Gold Rising Program works in conjunction with various studios, industry suppliers and key organizations to create an eight-week paid summer educational and networking experience as the first part of a multi-tiered program.

“We’re grateful to Chancellor Oakley and his team for this opportunity to provide more opportunities across the film industry to students at California community colleges,” said Christine Simmons, the Academy’s chief operating officer. “We’re eager for students participating in Academy Gold Rising to gain deeper knowledge of the various professions in film, and also recognize that the industry at large will be greatly enriched by the experiences and insights they have to share.”

Funding for the partnership’s development is provided in part by a grant to the Academy Foundation from The James Irvine Foundation.

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