Academy-award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple with DFP student Cameron Bargerstock during her summer internship at Cabin Creek Films.

MFA Internships

Our MFA students intern with the leading documentary production houses and media organizations in the country. We have placed students at established documentary productions houses such Cabin Creek Films, Kartemquin, and Firelight Media. Our students have also worked at National Geographic, CNN and flagship PBS stations such as WGBH-Boston.

“Working alongside Barbara made me more brave and willing to take risks. She made me realize there is no need to wait, that I can tell a powerful story now. ” Cameron Bargerstock (MFA '14)
  • MFA Student Internship Locations

    Big Mouth Productions (New York City): An independent social issue documentary production company founded by Kate Chevigny and Julia Pimsleur.
    Cabin Creek Films (New York City):  This production house is headed by Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
    Discovery Channel (Silver Spring, MD)
    Firelight Media  (New York City): Founded by filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight is dedicated to developing talented documentary filmmakers who tell stories about people, places, cultures and issues that are underrepresented in the mainstream media
    Frontline (Boston): PBS’ premier public affairs documentary series.
    HBO Documentary Productions (New York City): a leading producer and distributor of documentary films.
    ITVS (San Francisco): The Independent Television Service funds, presents and promotes programs for public broadcasting.
    Maysles Associates (New York City): Production company headed by pre-eminent documentary producer Al Maysles who, along with his brother David, was instrumental in the creation and development of the Direct Cinema movement in the U.S.
    National Geographic (Washington, D.C.): a leading producer of non-fiction programming.
    NOVA (Boston): Premier producer of science documentaries for PBS.
    Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland): Considered to be one of the premier content producers for PBS.
    Pennebaker Associates (New York City): Donn Pennebaker is one of this country’s best-known documentary filmmakers and one of the founders of the direct cinema movement.
    WGBH-TV (Boston): One of the main station providers of PBS programming WGBH offers a broad range of internship opportunities
    WNET-TV (New York City): This PBS station offers internships in educational programming and outreach, news and public affairs, culture and arts, documentaries and production for the internet and related distribution platforms.

Xiao Xiao (first on right) on the last day of her internship at WGBH-Boston.
Xiao Xiao (first on right) on the last day of her internship at WGBH-Boston.
Wei Ying (first on left) with fellow interns at Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary gala.
Wei Ying (first on left) with fellow interns at Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary gala.