Frequently Asked Questions

Considering applying for a position in the 2024 Experience Residency Cohort, but you have a question before you start in on the application?  It might be helpful to have a read through some Frequently Asked Questions. You very well might find the answer here. If not, you can always email us:

Application deadline is 11:59pm PST on Sunday May 19.

What is The Experience Residency Program?

The Experience Residency Program, presented by Industry Standard, is a nine-month paid opportunity designed for early to mid-career professionals in post production. It offers placements within leading studios across film, television, advertising, branded content, and gaming, accompanied by mentorship, industry interactions, and professional development sessions.

Who can apply for the program?

The program is open to early to mid-career professionals with a background in post production or related fields. Applicants should demonstrate a passion for their craft, a commitment to professional growth, and a willingness to collaborate within diverse teams.

What does the application process involve?

The application process includes submitting a resumé, work samples, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement outlining your interest in the program and career goals. Each application is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers in the relevant disciplines.  Candidates advancing beyond the initial review stage will be invited for an interview as part of the selection process.

What kind of mentorship will I receive?

Residents benefit from a dual mentorship model that includes one-on-one sessions with industry professionals and ongoing support from Experience program directors. This structured mentorship approach focuses on skill development, career planning, and navigating the post production industry.

Will there be opportunities for networking?

Absolutely. The program includes access to industry gatherings, speaker events, and workshops, offering Residents opportunities to connect with industry experts, forge meaningful connections, and expand their professional networks.

What happens after the program ends?

Upon completing the program, Residents will receive continued career development and networking support from the Industry Standard leadership team.  

How many Residents are accepted into the program each cycle?

The number of Residents varies for each cycle based on the Host Studios' capacity. The goal is to offer a personalized and impactful experience for each Resident.

Is this program paid?

Yes, the Experience Residency program is a paid opportunity based on a full time 40 hour work week. Residents receive a competitive wage between $28-$33 per hour, based on their experience and the position in which they are working.

Will holidays be observed? 

Yes. National holidays will be observed. 

Is this an in-person Residency?

2024 Host Studios are based in New York City and Los Angeles, California. Although Host Studios may have hybrid work flows and protocols in place, we have found that a more robust Resident experience includes being on site at the studio.

Is there a stipend for travel or housing? 


What if I am a student concurrently, may I participate? 

Experience Residencies are full time positions requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week. 
It is advised that students with a full academic course load should not apply. 

Can international applicants apply?

If you are located in the US, and you have the legal right to work in the US, then you can apply. We do have future plans to hold a program abroad, so if you are located outside the US, and would like to be considered for future opportunities, please let us know by registering your interest here.

The Experience Residency Program offers more than just skill enhancement; it's a catalyst for profound professional growth. Through mentorship, engaging speaker events, and valuable industry interaction, our alumni have navigated their paths in the creative world, each story highlighting the impact of the program on their careers.
Pilar Fitzgerald
Pilar Fitzgerald
Syncing Music with Stories
Pilar’s future goals are now aligned with her passion for the creative music search process, aiming to support musicians and songwriters, especially those in the early stages of their careers. “Having Anny Colvin as my mentor was like getting a masterclass in music supervision,” Pilar reflects.
Jason Gaines
Jason Gaines
Crafting VFX Narratives
Jason found inspiration and support through his mentorship with Lee Buckley, "Lee has been there for me every step of this journey." Jason’s experience in the program refined his workflow and collaboration skills. "Before the program, I was working on my own in a vacuum... But now I have a sense of optimized workflow and I’ve learned about the importance of teamwork." Jason is now focused on expanding his skills in visual effects and animation, ready to explore new creative avenues.
Anfernee Aguado
Anfernee Aguado
Producing with Purpose
Anfernee credits the Residency for broadening his access to industry knowledge and professionals, "The program provides access to so many people within the industry... It’s reassuring to know that there are actually people out there that aren’t afraid to share their knowledge." Looking ahead, Anfernee is eager to continue building impactful stories and contribute to the dynamic world of filmmaking.
Moh Rahman
Moh Rahman
Editorial Growth and Mentorship
Moh credits his development as an editor to the program's mentorship, particularly highlighting the guidance from his mentor, Will Znidaric. "Will's feedback on pacing in my cuts has helped me become a more thoughtful editor," Moh states, valuing the mentorship that has shaped his professional growth. "This program has been a life changing experience. Goals that seemed impossible just nine months ago now feel within reach.”
Adiana Rivera
Adiana Rivera
Discovering Voice and Vision
"Elvis Mitchell was one of the first speakers I got to hear," shares Adiana, reflecting on a speaker event that influenced her perspective on storytelling. The program provided Adiana with a supportive environment. "My mentors, Ceylan and Michael, were instrumental in helping me navigate and adjust as an assistant editor." Adiana is now pursuing opportunities to tell authentic human stories through documentaries. "Having now worked on a feature-length documentary, I learned crucial teamwork, storytelling, and technical skills. It has made me a more curious and hungry storyteller.”