Current Harvard students, planning to apply for Harvardwood 101 to spend your 2017 J-term in Los Angeles? Want to learn more about obtaining and excelling at a summer internship in Hollywood? Attend this on-campus info session on both Harvardwood programs at the Office of Career Services.
Harvardwood offers two programs for current students: Harvardwood 101, which takes place during the January term, and the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP). At this event, you'll learn about the application procedure, timeline, and logistics of both programs, followed by a chat with current students (see bios below) who have done both programs. Finally, the info session will conclude with Q&As with the student panelists and Harvardwood's Executive Director.
Pizza will be served!
The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry. The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels. All Harvardwood 101 students also have the opportunity to apply directly to selected summer internships at major entertainment companies. Detailed information will be given to all applicants once the 101 program begins in Los Angeles.
Check out Harvardwood's brochure for students (PDF DOWNLOAD).
Student panelists will include:
Anjali Raghunathan AB '18 (Harvardwood 101 & HSIP)
Anjali is a senior in Comparative Literature studying Classical Lit and Adaptation.
Although she's been writing for as long as she can remember, she only seriously considered screenwriting as an option after she started college. She loves watching TV and writing crazy stories, characters, and dialogue—but realized pretty quickly she had absolutely no idea how to write an actual screenplay.
Her first job in film was working at an indie production company in New York, during which she acted completely incompetent the whole time. She was lucky enough to do Harvardwood 101 next, which taught her a million very essential things about Hollywood and lit a fire under her to keep reaching out to people and improving her writing. She did a J-termship with Anonymous Content through 101 and an internship with Lin Pictures this summer, also through Harvardwood (HSIP). Right now, she's juggling writing her senior thesis and an idea for a TV pilot.
Reed McMurchy AB '19 (Harvardwood 101)
Reed is a rising junior studying Government and History. Raised in Connecticut, he is very interested in entertainment, news-media, business, and politics.
Following his freshman year, he worked at the Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on her highly rated, primetime program The Kelly File. Last January, he attended Harvardwood 101 in Los Angeles and can attest it has been his “greatest experience at Harvard so far!” This past summer he ultimately accepted a job in Washington D.C., but hopes to return to the world of entertainment very soon.
At Harvard, Reed is a member of the Varsity Men's Lightweight Rowing Team, is taking as many film courses as he can, and is involved in several political groups.
Emily Zauzmer AB '18 (Harvardwood 101 & HSIP)
Emily Zauzmer, a senior in Lowell, is concentrating in Folklore & Mythology, with a special focus in pop culture. She has interned at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, People magazine, the TBS & TNT television network, and the ACLU. She has also done winternships at Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fashion Police, and Young & Hungry. On campus, she founded the Harvard Pop Culture Club.