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Taking action together: Harvardwood Helps YOUR Cause

We know our members are doing great things in service of their communities, and we invite you all to spread the word about your causes with our community on this dedicated page. You can post about volunteering opportunities, nonprofit organizations that could benefit from more publicity or donations, upcoming organized gatherings or marches in your local area, etc.

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Recruit Harvard students to intern with your company this summer!

Companies have until Feb. 15th to submit their arts, media, or entertainment summer internship opportunities to recruit current Harvard College students for Summer 2017!

The Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP) provides a list of internship opportunities in the arts, media and entertainment to Harvard undergraduates and also coordinates career-related events over the summer for program participants in LA, NYC and other cities. Companies can recruit Harvard students directly by posting their internship opportunities to Harvardwood FOR FREE. (Recruiters/companies can post internship opportunities throughout the year to our Career Center with a job posting fee of $30.)

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NEW: HWP-Features NYC Writers Group - Apply by Feb. 15th

Do you have an idea for a feature script? Or one in the drawer you’ve been meaning to edit? Looking for a group of supportive and committed writers to help take your scripting to the next level? If yes, then great news: the New York City HWP-Features program is back from hiatus and will begin on March 9th!

Applications will be accepted February 1 -15, 2017. All participants will be asked to submit a short writing sample, a bio or resume, and a paragraph stating what you'd like to work on with the group this spring and summer.

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LA writers, apply to the Spring 2017 HWP-TV Modules!

Now through Jan. 31st, we're accepting applications to the Spring 2017 Harvardwood Writers Program - TV Modules (HWP-TV)!

HWP-TV uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing.

Participants of the HWP — TV Modules may be considered for the annual Harvardwood Most Staffable TV Writers List (see below). All writers must be based in LA and Harvardwood Full Members.

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Announcing the winners of the 2016 Harvardwood Writers Competition

Let's all congratulate this year's winners of the Harvardwood Writers Competition and the HWP-TV participants named to the annual Most Staffable TV Writers List (see Deadline coverage).

We received numerous excellent scripts this year, and the winning writers (listed below) were selected by a panel of television executives, writers, producers, agents, and managers. Each writer will receive a one-on-one mentorship, and Competition winners will also receive a cash prize.

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Can't-miss films at Sundance this year!

This year's Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19-29th in Park City, Utah. A few films involving Harvard filmmakers to keep an eye on are:

An Inconvenient Sequel - A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore AB '69, LLD '94 continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Thursday, 1/19; Friday, 1/20; and Saturday, 1/28.

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Volunteer with our Board of Directors - January 2017

The Harvardwood Board of Directors is coming up on elections for its next term, and we are looking for some energetic individuals to fill a few great positions! The Harvardwood BOD is the managing body that oversees the volunteer efforts of Harvardwood members worldwide and has worked to create an impressive array of events, programs, and online resources over the past fifteen years. As a member of this dynamic team, you will play a large role in determining the priorities and setting the course for the entire organization. 

Below is a list of Board positions we are looking to fill. Each Harvardwood Board member holds office for a period of two years, until his or her successor is elected and qualifies. Board members should have a strong interest in fostering career education and networking among Harvard University alumni and students, and candidates have either completed a degree program at Harvard University or have a strong enough affiliation to Harvard as determined by a majority of the existing directors. Board members must be of the age of majority in CA and should be able to attend quarterly board meetings in the Los Angeles area (Board members in other locations can participate via conference call, but please note that for some positions, a presence in LA is preferred).

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Summer 2017: Recruit Harvard students to intern at your company!

If your arts, media, or entertainment company offers summer internships and would like to recruit applications from current Harvard College students, we invite you to participate in the 2017 Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP)! Companies can recruit current Harvard students directly by posting their internship opportunities to Harvardwood FOR FREE.

HSIP provides a list of internship opportunities in the arts, media and entertainment to Harvard undergraduates and also coordinates career-related events over the summer for program participants in LA, NYC and other cities. Over 100 companies have participated in HSIP since its inception, including: 2929 Productions, ABC, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Archer Entertainment, Benderspink, Digital Domain, Dimension, Disney, Dreamworks, The Firm, Furst Films, HBO Films, ICM, Icon Productions, Intermedia, Lionsgate, LivePlanet, Mirabai Films, Miramax, National Geographic Feature Films, Red Wagon Productions, Samuels Media, Simmons Lathan Media Group, Spirit Dance Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, Valhalla Motion Pictures, and The Young and the Restless.

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Your last to-do in 2016: Donate NOW for 2x the impact!

We're running out of time, and WE NEED YOU! Please make a gift to Harvardwood by Dec. 31st for DOUBLE THE IMPACT.

All donations made before 2017 will be matched, dollar for dollar, in the Founders' Challenge up to $10,000! Whether you can donate $1, $10, or $100 dollars, every little bit will be a tremendous help, especially to an organization of our size.

For many of us, Harvardwood has been a personal and professional haven for early-career artists and established executives alike. By rising to meet the Founders’ Challenge, we can continue to nurture emerging voices in the arts, media, and entertainment. We’re proud that 100% of our Board of Directors donates to Harvardwood financially, in addition to dedicating their time to our nonprofit as volunteer program directors, and we hope you’ll pitch in with them and make a gift to Harvardwood this year—for double the impact.

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Submit to the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures AAPI writers launching their careers in television and film. This 11-session Fellowship, which takes place over 6 weeks, offers mentorship by top Television and Film professionals and teaches and offers insight into the business and commercial aspects of the entertainment industry.

The submission period is open from December 1, 2016 – January 9, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

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Before 2017, DOUBLE your gift to Harvardwood!

We know Harvardians love a good competition, so we’re throwing down the gauntlet and asking you to meet our first-ever Founders’ Challenge this winter! All you have to do is donate any amount to Harvardwood by the end of 2016 and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! To double your donation, please make a gift by Dec. 31st. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation from our members.

Harvardwood began in 1999 as an informal email list of Harvard alums working in the arts, media, and entertainment. Thanks to the vision, commitment, and tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers, including Harvardwood Founders Mia Riverton Alpert, Stacy Cohen, and Adam Fratto, Harvardwood has since exploded into a vibrant community with multiple chapters worldwide and an online database of 7,500+ Harvard-affiliated subscribers.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Harvardwood Heroes!

After reviewing numerous outstanding community service proposals, we are delighted to present to you the following 2016 Harvardwood Heroes. Each grant recipient will receive $500 to use at his/her discretion.

This year's Heroes are:

  • Jang Lee AB '19 | Harvard ARTZ (HARTZ) (Cambridge, MA)

  • Raz Mason MDV '09 | MindUP with Movies (The Dalles, OR)

  • Erin Sweeney MPP '07 Antonio Valla MUP '08 | GlassRoots (Newark, NJ)

  • Rylie Zhang AB '13 | No Limits Media (Boston, MA) 

Read more about our Heroes and their community service projects!

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