UGA Specific Information for Entertainment and Media Studies

The Entertainment and Media Studies (EMST) program teaches students professional-level technical skills and equips them with the conceptual tools to think clearly and deeply about the stories they create and the impact of those stories on society. The major prepares students for careers in creative and entertainment industries, with graduates working in writing, content production, programming, distribution, management, sales, research, and more.

Source: Entertainment & Media Studies

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Entertainment and Media Studies*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations

Knowledge/Skills Needed in this Industry

  • Practice your craft and share your work with others. Develop excellent scriptwriting, reporting, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Gain experience with reporting, production, and editing by securing an internship with a TV broadcast station, radio station or production company. Obtaining a production assistant internship is common for students beginning their careers in this field.
  • Begin networking as a student. Many jobs in the entertainment industry are not posted online but are filled via networking, so networking is incredibly important in this industry! Begin building your network as early as you can, starting with professors, internship supervisors, friends, family, and peers. Review the UGA Career Center's networking resources for a place to start.
  • Learn to use a variety of software programs, such as Canva, the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, etc.), Photo Mechanic, Apple - Final Cut Pro X, Audacity, and Soundslides. Additionally, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Avid, and Fireworks are useful in the multimedia industry. LinkedIn Learning is a great, free resource to learning these programs.
  • Consider courses in the New Media Certificate (to gain skills like coding, digital marketing, and new technologies), Sports Media Certificate (to gain skills specific to sports entertainment), or other areas according to your interests. You may gain additional skills that complement those you find in your major and help you reach your career goals. 
  • Gain experience with social media marketing (using platforms such as TikTok, X, and Instagram) and social media analytics (using programs like HootSuite, Buffer, or Sprout Social).
  • Create a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns, marketing strategies, graphics, and ideas. Share your work digitally to market your skills for job opportunities via a curated, professional social media profile (Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo, etc) or a website you create using a platform like CanvaIssuu, SquareSpaceWordPress, and Wix.

Campus Involvement, Domestic Field Study and Study Abroad Opportunities


Networking is an important part of job searching in the communication industry. You can use resources at UGA to build a professional network. 

  • Join the UGA Mentor Program and request a mentor
  • Attend events with alumni speakers and panelists. You can find events on the UGA Career Center website calendar and the UGA Career Services Grady Career Services Update listserv emails.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and use the Career Insights tool to find UGA alumni in your field. Introduce yourself to them and ask to meet with you for an informational interview
  • Join LinkedIn Groups such as Advertising and PR at UGA Grady College, PRSSA, University of Georgia Alumni Association Group (UGA), University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni, and other groups related to your career interests.
  • If you’re interested in working or interning for a specific company, visit that company’s website (open jobs are typically posted on a "Careers" page), follow them on social media, follow their profile on Handshake to see when they visit campus or post an event, and connect with UGA Alumni who work there on LinkedIn.

Additional Internship and Job Search Tips

  • For additional information on internships and job opportunities, look out for emails sent every Tuesday on the Grady Career Services Update listserv. If you are not on that listserv, sign up for the Grady job leads listserv here.
  • Follow @UGAGradyCareers on Twitter for timely job postings and career advice, run by the Grady College Office of Experiential Learning and the UGA Career Center Grady College Career Consultant.

Additional Career Research Resources

  • O*NET Online – The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations.  

    My Next Move – An interactive tool for students and job seekers to learn more about their career options.  

    Occupational Outlook Handbook – The OOH is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide most of jobs in the United States.  

    Vault – provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company, or profession – and how to position yourself to land that job.  

    Candid Career – This resource provides you with access to thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals through an easy-to-use website.  

    UGA Mentor Program – Connect with a mentor (alumni, faculty, staff) to research and explore industries and careers. Research industries and careers by connecting with a mentor for a quick chat or formal 16-week mentorship through the UGA Mentor Program.  

    Interstride - Interstride is an interactive tool for both international and domestic students to enhance their international experience and employment potential. The platform consists of job-listings, hiring trends, employer information, self-assessments, and up-to-date immigration guidance. 

    Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies through "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees and job seekers.  

    Steppingblocks - Research your future career with real-world stats about your major, your interests, and your dream job title with career and education searches designed to find your best path based on millions of others. It’s data-powered career exploration for doers like you.

Employment Websites

Professional Associations/Resources

Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Entertainment and Media Studies majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
ABC Network Production Assistant
Amazon Prime Video Production Assistant
America's Home Place Video Editor and Production Assistant
AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader
Backlight Student Film Festival Submissions Coordinator
Cox Communications Communications Specialist Contractor
Create Production Assistant
CreatorIQ Business Development Representative
Cumulus Media Videographer
Daily Mail Client Services Account Manager
Erewhon Tonic Bar Associate
FanSided Staff Writer
Get Engaged Media Music Marketing Intern
GIPS Global International Preparatory School English Language Teacher
Goodbaby International Integrated Marketing Associate, Evenflo Division
Lewis Brisbois Practice Group Assistant
Marilyn's Agency Actor
Mozufilms Director Assistant
National Children's Museum Social Media Intern
NBCUniversal Media Operations Producer
NBCUniversal NBC Page Program
NBCUniversal Saturday Night Live Desk Page
Nolan Transportation Group Carrier Sales Representative
Pierce Education Properties Leasing Agent
Prince Avenue Baptist Church Apprentice
SAGE Services Creative Specialist
SalesLoft Web producer
Savanah Distributing Merchandiser
Speakeasy Sales and Marketing Intern
Straight Up Films Creative Development Intern
Student World Impact Festival Jury Intern
The Gersh Agency Talent Assistant
The Walt Disney Company Disney College Program Intern
The Walt Disney Company Cast Director
UP on the Roof Bartender
Warner Bros. Discovery T3 Trainee
Warner Bros. Discovery T3 Trainee
William Morris Endeavor Rotational Assistant
Xiao Yu Zhu Co-COO
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Entertainment and Media Studies majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
California Institute of the Arts Fine Arts, MS
Emerson College Business of Creative Enterprises, MA
University of Georgia Narrative Media Writing, MFA
University of Georgia Narrative Media Writing, MFA
University of Georgia Marketing and Entertainment Media Studies, Bachelor's
University of Georgia Communication Sciences and Disorders, Preprofessional Certificate
University of Georgia Film, Television, and Digital Media, MFA
University of Georgia Communication Studies, Bachelor's
University of Southern California Arts, Master's
University of Wisconsin-Madison Film Studies, MA
* denotes no responses received.