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Bentley University Students Selected to Join Prestigious Internship Programs at Cannes Film Festival

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Bentley University Students Selected to Join Prestigious Internship Programs at Cannes Film Festival

Two Bentley University students attended the world-renowned Cannes International Film Festival in France as part of an elite group of students selected to participate in The American Pavilion Film Program and International Business Program from May 8 to 23.

"The opportunity reflects Bentley's commitment to provide students with an education that integrates business and liberal arts," says Liz LeDoux, senior lecturer in English and media studies and director of the Media and Culture Labs and Studio. LeDoux has helped develop and grow Bentley's popular media programs.

In recent years, the highly competitive internship program has specifically targeted international business students as participants, according to LeDoux. "The program previously focused on attracting film students, but interest and accomplishments of undergraduate business students from Bentley over the past several years helped to break ground for business student inclusion in The American Pavilion model.

This year's Bentley participants were:

  • James Ferguson - Weston, Mass.; Class of 2011 (fall); Liberal Arts major in English and Media Studies with a concentration in Media; accepted into filmmaker program.
  • Casey Zmudzinski - Hopewell Junction, NY; Class of 2012; Information Design and Corporate Communication major and Liberal Studies major with a concentration in Media Arts and Society; accepted into business program.

During the program, participants completed a work placement and participated in educational workshops, seminars, pitch sessions, roundtable discussions and screenings. Past roundtable discussions have featured noted filmmakers such as Stephen Frears, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Jude Law, Michael Moore, and Brett Ratner. Each program participant (approximately 150 per year) is allowed access to the Festival and Film Market -- otherwise available only to industry professionals. Prior to the start of the festival, students participate in a three-day orientation and tour of Cannes. During this time students attend workshops and seminars designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the business side of the film industry.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”