718-237-2017 x 145

Attend an Information Session
in Bldg 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard


Find us: Map

Follow us on
Back to all programs

“Training was rigorous but fun! I bonded with my cyclemates and many of us are still in contact. We look out for each other by fielding each other gigs and encouraging one another via group chat. The most difficult part was learning so much info in such a short span of time. Four weeks flew by so quickly!”

– Nicole, “Made in NY” PA Training Program Graduate

The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program is here to help you access your potential in the film and television industry. First, though, there are a few things you should know about the lifestyle of a Production Assistant. (We talk more about this at our regularly-scheduled information sessions.)

  • Long (12 to 16 hour) days, often starting early in the morning
  • Physical labor, on your feet
  • Outdoor work in all weather
  • Freelance work – working day-to-day and project-to-project
  • Pay rates of about $150-$210/day

Applying is a highly competitive process. The following are our core eligibility requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license (Those without a driver’s license are still welcome to apply. We can aid you in obtaining your license free of charge.)
  • Current New York City resident, living within one of the 5 boroughs of NYC and able to prove residency of at least 6 months
  • Unemployed or low-income
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S
  • Available full-time and able to attend training Monday through Friday, 7:30am-6pm
  • Able to make a 2-year commitment to working in the industry
  • Available after graduation to work freelance, on-call 12/14+ hours per day in TV/film production

This program requires a 2-year commitment to developing your career in TV/film production. Please do not apply if you are employed full-time, enrolled in school, or plan to enroll in school in the next two years.

This program is specifically funded to help individuals from low-income backgrounds who do not have significant experience in or access to this industry. You are not eligible for this program if you have more than 2 years of paid media, radio, print, production, post-production, or theater experience. Similarly, you are not eligible if you have supervised production assistants (paid or unpaid) or if you have a Master’s or Doctorate degree.


Are you ready to work hard, gain industry experience, and make your mark? Attend an information session to learn more about the program and fill out an application. Info sessions are held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Building 92. For directions, click here.

A limited number of spots per class are available. We accept applications year-round and hold classes at least 4 times a year. At your info session, you will receive details regarding training dates.

The deadline to apply is January 10th. Our next cycle begins January 24th and runs through February 18th.  *Please note that class dates are subject to change given the COVID-19 crisis. Make sure to check back regularly for updated information.