The bar was raised with our inaugural HBCU in LA Student Film Showcase. Students collaborated to produce a 10-minute short film as their final summer project under the supervision of James Bland, Creator and Producer of the Emmy award-winning series, “Giants” along with his production team. Students received mentorship from industry leaders and professionals during the making of the film. We are proud to be the first program to showcase aspiring HBCU student writers, directors, actors and below-the-line talent to the industry!
The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) is an educational workforce development non-profit organization dedicated to educating, training and recruiting the best and brightest diverse student leaders from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and other Predominately Minority Institutions (PMIs) for careers in the media, entertainment and communication industry.
EICOPs – Los Angeles based HBCU in LA Industry Internship Program provides an immersive educational real-world work experience essential for launching and leveraging a career inside Hollywood’s coveted inner circle. The program will focus on educating, developing, training and placing students in internships with major studios, networks, talent agencies and production companies. This innovative pipeline development program is designed to provide access and opportunity to student groups who have traditionally been underrepresented and meet the industry’s diversity goals of employing a workforce that is reflective of the communities it serves.
Education: We will partner with HBCU and PMI educators, industry leaders and organizations to provide an exclusive educational platform with a curriculum that provides the most relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge needed to navigate a career in the entertainment industry. Students will learn of the myriad of viable career options and skills needed to successfully launch a professional career in the industry. Classroom instruction will include guest lectures, field trips, studios tours, screening and networking events all designed to enhance and expand their knowledge of how Hollywood works.
Training & Development: We will work with industry professionals, organizations and creative leaders to provide students with professional development workshops, creative workshops, soft skills and industry etiquette and protocol training essential for launching and leveraging a career in the entertainment industry. We will provide career coaching and counseling to assist students in the areas of employment, interviewing, resume writing and how to compete for various industry programs and competitions.
Internships: This LA-based program makes it possible for HBCU and PMI students who typically come from low-income households and who are faced with the geographical barrier of not living in LA the ability to take advantage of internship opportunities with major Networks, Studios, Agencies, Production Companies and other industry organizations. Students will gain access to real-world work experience with our industry partners who will serve as host companies for the students participating in this historic internship program.
Mentoring: We will collaborate with industry professionals and some of Hollywood’s most influential HBCU and PMI Alumni working in front of and behind the scenes in Hollywood to mentor the next generation of diverse power players. Recognizing the importance of having a built-in network is essential when it comes to succeeding in the entertainment industry as it is more about who you know than what you know. The program will offer students a rare insider’s perspective of Hollywood knowledge and experiences that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom setting.
EICOP is proud to honor the legacy of the late, Dr. George E. Cooper, former Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs, establishing a scholarship in honor of his lifetime of service and advocacy for our nation’s HBCUs.
EICOP will work with HBCU community leaders, educators and the entertainment community across various sectors to achieve our goals. An advisory committee will be selected to include industry leaders, executives, creative professionals, talent, HBCU Alumni, as well as individuals from higher education and nonprofit organizations to provide guidance and programmatic input for the overall success of the program.