Professional placements

Below is a list of various professional placement opportunities in Los Angeles. Students will intern four days a week, Monday through to Thursday for the duration of the program. Though the skill set for each internship will vary, the same core requirements will hold for all: professionalism, integrity, strong oral and written communication, research skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Patrick Ward
"Being placed with M&C Saatchi was unbelievable. Every day, I worked on so many different projects that challenged but also inspired me, while gaining experience in the fast-paced industry of Los Angeles and studying at one of the finest universities in the world, UCLA. It opened my eyes to a new world of opportunity." Patrick Ward

Students in past programs, completed professional placements in the following organisations:

Cappello Capital

For over 39 years, Cappello Capital Corp. and its affiliates have provided innovative investment banking services to public and private companies for a broad range of transactions exceeding $155 billion in aggregate value. Whether a client's needs are complex or conventional in nature, Cappello professionals apply their expertise to provide: access to growth capital, recapitalizations, advice on mergers and acquisitions, guidance on strategic decisions, restructuring of ailing balance sheets and valuation services. Students will work under Paul Hopper, Managing Director of Capello Group Inc., and Head of the Australia Desk and Paul Kromwyk, Senior Vice President of Capello Capital Corp.

City of Santa Monica

The Santa Monica City Council, is the governing body of the city of Santa Monica. Santa Monica is a diverse city, housing executives and Hollywood celebrities to single-family neighbourhoods. It has a very active consistency that engages in all facets of the community's development and issues. The Council is made up of seven members elected at-large for staggered four-year terms. Every two years, after each election, the City Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore. Departments include, Finance, Community and Cultural Services, Fire, City Clerk, Housing and Economic Development and Public Works.

Guggenheim Partners

Guggenheim Partners is a privately held global financial services firm with more than $180 billion in assets under management. We provide asset management, investment banking and capital markets services, insurance services, institutional finance and investment advisory solutions to institutions, governments and agencies, corporations, investment advisors, family offices and individuals.

Larrikin Entertainment

Headed by Greg Coote, one of Australia's film pioneers, students will work on projects across the company's diverse portfolio including the distribution of Chinese films throughout North America. Greg Coote, who is also the Chairman of ScreenSingapore, was the Chairman and CEO of Dune Entertainment, when the company co-financed the world's highest grossing film of all time, AVATAR. As joint Managing Director of Roadshow he played a key role in developing Australia's fledgling film industry. He left Roadshow and joined Rupert Murdoch as Managing Director of the Ten Network and then went on to Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles as President, International Theatrical, where he was responsible for worldwide acquisition, marketing and distribution.

M&C Saatchi

We believe it’s far easier to complicate than to simplify. That simple ideas will enter the brain quicker and stay longer. Simplicity of thought therefore is an absolute necessity. And, often times, a painful one. But, stripping away all the adjective layers to find that one impermeable truth – the one that makes the sides of your lips begin to curl up, your hair stand on end, and the future seem so much clearer – is absolutely crucial. To help build such brands, we have a complete suite of services: M&C SAATCHI SHARE (social, digital and content), M&C SAATCHI MOBILE (mobile media strategy), M&C SAATCHI PR (sports & entertainment), M&C SAATCHI MERLIN (talent management), BLACK & WHITE (strategy and insight research).

McCafferty & Company

McCafferty & Company is a boutique advisory firm focused on the media & technology industries. We provide our clients strategic and financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, private placements and other corporate finance and capital markets matters. Our expertise across media and technology, combined with deep industry and capital markets relationships, allows us to provide exceptional value to our clients. McCafferty & Company has worked across the media and technology industry, including television, film, and digital media. The core of our practice is based on integrity and service to others. This includes our clients, business partners, colleagues and the community.

Pacific Council on International Policy

The non-partisan Pacific Council is the premier membership-based international affairs organization focused on policy issues of special resonance on and to the West Coast. The Council's membership consists of a diverse network of leaders from a broad range of professions and business sectors; our members are heavily invested in understanding international affairs and affecting public policy. The Pacific Council provides them with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of global issues and their effectiveness in the international arena both professionally and personally. Students will assist the organisation on various research-based projects.


Qantas’ presence in North America extends back to 1954 when it first established itself in San Francisco. In 1995, Qantas moved its US regional headquarters to Los Angeles and became the first airline to offer non-stop services between Melbourne and LA and between Brisbane and LA. Today, Qantas continues its very strong presence in North America, including three A380 flights from Melbourne to LA, and daily flights from Sydney to LA. The primary function of the LA headquarters is to coordinate marketing, sales and business development for North America. An intern will work with the marketing department at Qantas on the companies G’Day USA promotions, and key marketing projects over the period of the placement.

ROAR Asia Pacific

ROAR, LLC offers media management and production services to corporations and high net worth individuals. It provides film and television talent, music, and brand management; film and television production; media advisory; business development; and content creation services. Additionally, the company offers media partnerships and alliances management services. ROAR caters to entertainment, lifestyle, and corporate sectors. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Los Angeles, California with additional offices in New York, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. Two students will work under Zsofi Paterson, Director of Strategy on various projects across ROAR's extensive portfolio.


Sony DADC is a leading disc and digital solution provider for the entertainment, education and information industries, offering world-class optical media replication services; digital and physical supply chain solutions and software services. The company’s network consists of service offices, optical media production, distribution and digital facilities in 19 countries worldwide.

Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia and encouraging Australians to travel domestically, both for leisure and business events. In the Americas, the focus of Tourism Australia's activities is in the USA, Canada and Brazil. Activity throughout the region is managed from Tourism Australia's office in Los Angeles. One student will support the LA office in a range of areas including advertising, PR and media programs, trade shows and industry programs etc. The main focus of the placement will be focused on the offices G'day USA Australia Week activities in January.

Warner Bros Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures produces and distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-22 films each year, employing a business paradigm that mitigates risk while maximizing productivity and capital. Warner Bros. Pictures either fully finances or co-finances the films it produces and maintains worldwide distribution rights. It also monetizes its distribution and marketing operations by distributing films that are totally financed and produced by others. Current multi-faceted co-financing joint ventures include those with Village Roadshow Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Warner Bros. Pictures also has a distribution, co-financing deal with Alcon Entertainment.