The PGA East Recruitment Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-2019 PGA East Student Program are now open!
About the PGA
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group of over 7,500 members that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual PGA Awards and the Produced By Conference, as well as many seminars, workshops, screenings + Q&As, and mixers to facilitate ongoing education and networking. To learn more about the PGA please visit www.producersguild.org.
Student Program Overview
This competitive, two-year program gives highly-motivated students and recent graduates of producing-focused degree or certificate programs the unique opportunity to become part of their own PGA community by attending regular meetings, creating and supporting events, networking with peers, receiving some invitations to PGA events and screenings, and sharing and advancing their knowledge of producing for film, television, and new media.
Please note that acceptance to the PGA East Student Program does not make one a member of the Producers Guild of America. Membership into the PGA requires a separate application based on credits earned and work performed. The PGA East Student Program aims to encourage and support students on their way to becoming professional producers and full PGA members.
• All application materials must be received by Monday, April 3 at 5:00pm.
• Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a required, in-person interview in mid April.
Guidelines & Requirements
Applicants must be currently enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, an undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, or certificate program, specifically focused in producing for film, television, or new media. Recent graduates only includes those who have graduated in 2016 or 2017. Those who graduated in 2015 or before are not eligible for the program.
Schools with approved producing programs include: Columbia University, The New School, The New York Institute of Technology, New York Film Academy, New York University, Sarah Lawrence, The School of Visual Arts, SUNY New Paltz, and Wesleyan University. The PGA welcomes the addition of schools that offer producing-focused programs. If a school does not offer a producing degree, students must have completed available, qualifying producing courses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a program qualifies.
The Student Program runs for two consecutive years, starting in the Fall of 2017 and completing Summer 2019. If at any time during those two years a student earns sufficient producing credits, they will be encouraged to apply for full membership to the PGA.
One’s successful continuation and completion of the Student Program is determined via their level of participation. Those who do not maintain participation expectations will be asked to leave the program.
Mandatory Participation Includes (but is not limited to)
• Regular attendance at monthly meetings
• Frequent attendance at student workshops
• Contributions to student programming
• Actively communicating with Student Chairs
• Volunteering at a minimum of 2 PGA events or screenings per year
• Completion of annual evaluation survey
• Attendance at numerous PGA events
The program’s direction, including the group’s educational and networking opportunities, are created and organized by YOU, the program’s participants. Students are also eligible to serve in leadership roles of Student Chairs. It is imperative that each student actively contribute to the program’s success. Students who do not meet participation expectations may asked to leave the program at any time. This can also occur at any time for those who do not demonstrate courteous, professional, or appropriate behavior while engaging in PGA activities. If academic requirements or other work will make it extremely difficult for applicants to actively participate in the Student Program, it is strongly advised that such a prospective applicant delay applying until he/she has a lighter workload.
Because of participation requirements, applicants must reside in or near New York City, or be able to make frequent trips to New York City throughout the duration of the program in order to attend meetings and events. There is not a PGA Student Program in Los Angeles.
Accepted students will be introduced to each other at an orientation event in August/September. In addition to the opportunity to attend and program events for fellow students, students will be eligible to volunteer with certain PGA East Committees, and will receive invitations to PGA East seminars, screenings + Q&As, mixers, and other events. Students will also receive a subscription to the PGA’s Produced By magazine. PGA members will be informed about Students as a source of volunteers and potential hires. Volunteer and employment opportunities will be sent to students as they come up.
Students who successfully meet their participation requirements and complete their two years may be given continued access to certain PGA events, screenings, and other resources.
You must complete all three of the following application requirements by the application deadline of Monday, April 3 at 5:00pm for your application to be considered. Selected applications will be asked to interview in person with members of the PGA East Recruitment Committee in mid April. Final decisions will be made shortly thereafter. For any questions, please email email@example.com.
1) Online Application
You will need to provide:
• Personal and academic information.
• Professor reference - name and email of a current or recent professor in the producing/media field. The professor does not need to write you a letter of support, but we may contact your reference with questions at our discretion.
• A thoughtful response on why you want to be a producer/ part of the PGA East Student Program.
❑ Click to complete the Online Application Form.
2) Resume & Copy of Student ID
❑ Email a copy of your resume and student ID to firstname.lastname@example.org.
❑ Write “PGA Student: YOUR NAME” in the email subject line.
3) Application Fee/Student Dues
The PGA East Student Program has annual dues of $100 each year. If accepted, this application fee will be used to cover the first year’s dues. Applicants who are not accepted will be reimbursed the application fee in full.
❑ Click to submit payment of the Application Fee.