Industry Experience Program

IU Cinema's Industry Experience Program

IU Cinema's Industry Experience Program (IEP) is a set of educational initiatives designed to give students essential, real-world experience in cinema exhibition, program curation, arts event production, arts management, and arts and culture marketing. 

The IEP offers hands-on knowledge that many other campuses and art house cineams don't provide. Students in the program are immersed in the work of the Cinema, building intellectual, personal, and professional networks while developing critical résumé-building skills. The IEP offers four pathways for student involvement:

Programmatic Curation. Students learn how conceptualize, plan, execute, and promote film programs for both campus and community audiences. As curators, students must determine the artistic and cultural needs of a given community, work with industry entities to secure screening rights and materials, manage a budget, and develop and execute a marketing plan. 

Cinema Projection and Technology. IU Cinema's student projectionists receive an exceptional education courtesy of Director of Cinema Technology B. Elena Grassia, who has more than 35 years of experience in film presentation. Trained in state-of-the-art cinema program projection, students also work on producing live-music events and rare film presentation formats.

Event Production and Arts Management. In partnership with the Master of Arts Administration program in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Cinema employs 2–3 graduate students each year in positions that train them in event planning, production, and management; community outreach and engagement; arts program administration; fundraising and fund development; and marketing. 

Student Showcases. Working closely valued campus partners, this pathway engages students as learners, creatives, and performers in some of the Cinema’s premiere student-centered events, like the Jon Vickers Scoring Award and Double Exposure.

Working at IU Cinema, I gained the tools to really understand what kind of leader I am, and this position taught me how to manage people and run an organization. — former IU Cinema Graduate Assistant