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The AU SOC L.A. Intensive provides unparalleled Hollywood access along with crucial knowledge and the opportunity to build integral relationships for students who wish to locate to the Los Angeles area as media and entertainment professionals. This competitive program connects juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent alums (having graduated within the past two years) with alumni and industry professionals through site visits, meetings, panel discussions and social events. The application launches in October for May participation in the progam. And the length of program is 1 week. 

We are committed to helping every SOC storyteller access our life-changing programs, no matter their circumstances. Together, we can remove economic barriers so that every qualified SOC student has a full and enriching SOC experience. Help ensure all students have access to L.A. Intensive and other out of the classroom opportunities.

What Is The L.A. Intensive?

This program is designed for the rising junior, senior, graduating senior, graduate student or recent AU alum with a focus in the field of entertainment.

The L.A. Intensive is competitive. In 2018, 40 students applied and 15 were selected. In 2017, 50 students applied and 20 were selected. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. 15 students will be selected for the Summer 2022 program that will be held May 18-25, 2022.

This program is open to all current American University students and recent alums.

  • Undergraduate students with the completion of 75 undergraduate credit hours
  • Graduate Students
  • Recent graduates (either undergraduate or graduates 2018, 2019, 2020)

Requirements Include:

  • Students who are in good academic and judicial standing or recent graduates with review of student file.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of 75 undergraduate credit hours 
  • Candidates must complete the 2022 LA Intensive Application and essay.
  • Be prepared to submit your resume, the name of an AU faculty member who can be contacted as a reference, and samples of your work (optional) along with your application.
  • The Deadline to apply for the 2022 LA Intensive is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Candidates who are accepted into the program will be notified no later than Monday, November 21, 2021 at 7:00PM EST.

$1,750.00 (not including transportation to and from L.A. and 2 meals)

This program cannot be used for academic credit. Scholarships are available on a limited basis and are highly competitive.


Contact Sarah Menke-Fish, Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning at 202-885-2098 or

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Sample Schedules

Wednesday, May 15

12—5:30 p.m.
Students Arrive
6:30—8:30 p.m.
Young alumni @ AU West including Jeff Della Serra, A.J. Berna, and L.A. Intensive 2018 participants

Thursday, May 16

10:30 a.m.—1 p.m.
Site Visit @ CBS with Clyde Kaplan
1—3 p.m.
Lunch at The Grove
6:30 p.m.
Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance Networking Reception @ the Intercontinental Hotel, Century City, featuring Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Eddie Leavy, Anedra Edwards, and Natalie Sasser.

Friday, May 17

10:00—11:30 a.m.
Danielle Gelber and Amber Glancy @ "AU West"
12—2 p.m.
Lunch and Conversation with Roya Vakili @ "AU West"
12—2 p.m.
Site Visit to Echo Lake Management with Claudia Myers
3 p.m.
Roy Lee @ "AU West"
6 p.m.
Dinner and Conversation with Barry Josephson, hosted by Barry and Brooke Josephson

Saturday, May 18

9:30—11 a.m.
Visit with Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, writers for the reboot of Charmed
3—5 p.m.
Conversation with Rob Chiappetta and Michael Menachem @ "AU West"
5 p.m.
Dinner and Presentation with Andrew Greenberger @ "AU West"

Sunday, May 19

All day
Independent/Small Group Student choice day: Universal Studios, Disney, Santa Monica Beach, Getty Museum, Walk of Stars, meet with other contacts, coordinate logistics for staying in L.A. after the Intensive program concludes

Monday, May 20

11 a.m.
Afshin Shahidi @ "AU West"
2—5 p.m
Site Visit @ Nickelodeon Animation Studio
7 p.m.
Adam Goodman @ "AU West"

Tuesday, May 21

10 AM—1 p.m.
Site Visit @ Amblin Studios with Darryl Frank
2—4 p.m.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
5 p.m.
Site Visit and Dinner @ The CW Network with Mitch Nedick, Dana Bramble, and Anedra Edwards

Wednesday, May 22

Depart L.A.

Wednesday, May 16

12—3:30 PM
Students Arrive
5:30—7 PM
Eddie Leavy @ “AU West”
7—10 PM
Young Alumni Reception and Program @ “AU West”

Thursday, May 17

11 AM—2 PM
Sony site visit
3:30—5:30 PM
Danielle Claman Gelber @ “AU West”
7 PM
Entertainment Media Alumni Alliance
Networking Reception featuring Danielle Claman Gelber, Evan Spiliotopoulos, and James Middleton @ “AU West”

Friday, May 18

9:30—11:30 AM
Barry Josephson @ “AU West”
2:45 PM
L.A. Landmark tour with Bonnie Winings @ Griffith Observatory
Taping of Bill Maher Show @ CBS

Saturday, May 19

Salvation Writers Room visit with Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro @ CBS
Russell Williams @ “AU West”
Dinner and presentation with Andrew Greenberger @ “AU West”

Sunday, May 20

9—11 AM
James Middleton @ “AU West”
11 AM to Evening
Free Time

Monday, May 21

10 AM
Tour Universal Studios
1—4 PM
Darryl Frank @ Amblin Studios
Universal Theme Park

Tuesday, May 22

Adam Goodman @ “AU West”
Studio tour with Mitch Nedick @ Warner Brothers
Dinner and tour with Mitch Nedick @ The CW Network
9—10 PM
Charlie Wachtel @ “AU West”

Wednesday, May 23

Depart L.A.

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