Take One Media Internship Program

Take One Media Internship

The TAKE ONE Media Internship Program was created to inspire and foster the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) filmmakers and media creators.

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The TAKE ONE Media Internship Program is a bi-annual, hands-on vocational media internship and mentorship program provided free of charge to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth participants ages 18-25 residing in San Diego.  This program is also inclusive to non-Asian youths from other under-served communities who wish to learn about the AAPI culture and/or pursue careers in the media industry.

One of ACMA’s core objectives is to provide educational opportunities and mentorship programs that inspire our future generations of Asian and Pacific Islander filmmakers, producers, writers, directors and media technicians. To provide such resources, ACMA founded Take One in 2016, and has completed 6 programs. Learn about Take One alumni here.

By providing youth creators from under-served communities an opportunity to learn hands-on television and film production vocational skills as well as gain valuable leadership, teamwork, self-development skills, regardless of their financial background, we believe TAKE ONE can also foster a better sense of pride and self-identity within their communities. We also encourage them to create original ideas and projects based on their own perspectives and experiences as Asian Pacific Islanders that can even possibly help to inspire and shape the perspectives of others that can also affect the futures of their communities. You can view previous Take One Projects and Short Films on our YouTube Channel.


Applications for the Fall 2020 Program are CLOSED. The Fall internship begins on September 5 end ends on December 5, 2020.

Enrollment for the Spring internship program will be available in January 2021.

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Film tasks are designed to bring Take One Interns through the whole production process include practice writing loglines/synopses/treatments, scriptwriting, pitch deck creation, pitches/elevator speeches, and more. CLICK HERE to view ACMA & Take One Short Films.

View the Take One Film Portfolio Below:

Fall 2020


In correlation to weekly lessons, creative projects require interns to utilize at-home programs and sets to tell a story. These projects range from 30-second commercials to 2-minute movie trailers.

View the Take One Creative Portfolio below:

Spring 2020 | Fall 2020


In correlation to weekly lessons, creative projects require interns to utilize at-home programs and sets to tell a story. These projects range from 30-second commercials to 2-minute movie trailers.


Fall 2020 Interns

Abigaile Caaway
UC San Diego

My name is Abigaile and I am studying Communication at UC San Diego. My career goal is to work in research, marketing, or HR for a creative media company. In my free time, I love to play music and watch movies!

Joseph Celo
UC San Diego

My name is Joseph Celo.  I am a senior at UC San Diego and former NCAA student-athlete.  I am currently majoring in Communication and am pursuing a career in the sports media and broadcasting industry.

Bailey Chan
San Diego State University

Bailey Chan is currently a sophomore at San Diego State University majoring in Multimedia and Photography with an honors minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she has had the privilege to be surrounded by diverse cultures as she grew up. 

Using her dad’s camera and Windows Moviemaker, she was able to find her passion for production at an early age. Some of her interests include video editing, music production, and cinematography. As a second-generation Asian American Bailey hopes to break through the multimedia industry and amplify minority voices and stories.
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Samson Chiu
UC San Diego

My name is Samson. I was raised and born in Hong Kong. I am a transfer student in UCSD and my major is communication. I am an adventurous person, I like hiking on the mountain and camping in the desert. My goal is to travel and meet people from different part of the world.

I am interested in understanding people from different culture. I want to make video of the all the places that I explored and also film documentaries about the local sides of some cultures. I want to make a world a better place from showing how beautiful and amazing the nature of the earth is, and show people others ways of living.
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Brenna Dimalanta
UC San Diego

I am an undergraduate at UCSD, studying Computer Science.  I am a Marshallese-Filipino American.  I have an interest in production and most of my experience is in technical theatre and live events.

Kenny Ha
San Diego State University

 I am currently a student at SDSU majoring in communications hoping to do work in Public Relations in the future for entertainment or video game companies. I also like to do some acting myself and have been in a few plays and wish to do more voice-over work of my own in the future.

Anshali Lala
UC San Diego

Hello my name is Anshali Lala but I go by my last name Lala. I am Info-FIjian and Nepali. I am from the Bay Area and moving to San Diego for school this fall. I go to UCSD with Communications as my major with an interest in media. 

I hope to work in the media industry, still uncertain of where in the industry but eager to take as many opportunities I can to work in this feild!
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Joshua Lee
San Diego State University

Joshua Lee is currently a 3rd year student at San Diego State University, currently majoring in TV, Film, and New Media production  Ever since middle school, Joshua has been interested in art more than anything else.

After experimenting with other subjects in High School, he has decided to continue with  visual arts . Joshua is excited to continue his journey into the world of Film and TV production through the Take One Media Internship. In his free time, Joshua enjoys playing video games, learning about computers, and taking photos.
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Jen Li
UC San Diego

A senior at UC San Diego, Jennifer majors in Communications with a minor in Media Production. Combining her culture and her love for movies she seeks to produce works in the future that will reflect her Asian American heritage in order to help foster representation in the media industry. 

On her off time she likes to find new movies to watch, some of her favorite genres including horror and obscures B movies. Other than her passion to film she likes to wind down with a cup of tea and her dog by her side.
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Stevon Marshall
UC San Diego

Moves with the silence, listens more than speaks, fits the mold of “being laid back” as California is home. Meticulous, ambiguous, and one might say ambitious, as dabbling in many things is a recurrence. Potential polyglot, aspiring artist, and a liker of literature.

Christopher Nguyen
UC San Diego

Hello my name is Christopher, Chris for short. I am a 4th year student at UC San Diego. I transferred from San Jose and I have fallen in love with San Diego ever since. I enjoy hiking, sunsets, and good places to take pictures. My motto is "Never Settle" because I expect to achieve great things in the future.

Natalie Norasingh

Natalie Norasingh is a student at UCSD with a major in Communications. She is a transfer student. She has a multicultural background of Southeast Asian, American, and European upbringing. 

She enjoys traveling and cooking. And she loves learning about new cultures. Openness and compassion is in her vision and willingness is a vital component of her philosophy. Natalie would like to bring more light to Southeast Asian culture in America and the world.
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Arleen Jia Raseen
UC San Diego

Arleen is currently a Communications major at UC San Diego, minoring in world literature. She’s always had a love for storytelling and movies; someday, she hopes to combine both by becoming a screenwriter.

She is also a strong believer in representation, diversity, and inclusivity both on and behind the screen. Arleen is grateful for ACMA because not only is the organization giving her a chance to enhance her screenwriting skills, but also branch out in other aspects of film production and cultivate a stronger connection with her Asian American identity.
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Leslie Lopez Santiago
UC San Diego

I am a senior at UCSD and majoring in Visual Arts: Media. Born and raised in Venice in Los Angeles City. My favorite director is Tim Burton for his unique animation style and best storytelling skills in his films.

Jake Edward Solorzano
UC San Diego

Jake is a Communication and Business major at UCSD, a proud Filipino and Ecuadorean mix, breast cancer survivor, and most importantly, the funnest person you’ll ever meet.

Andy Tapia
UC San Diego

Hello, my name is Andy Tapia and I am a Mexican-American student at UCSD, majoring in communications. I transferred from MiraCosta college last spring and I am about to start my first semester at UCSD this fall. 

I have lived in San Diego county my entire life and have always been interested in filmmaking, especially the aspect of how film directors use their life experience to tell stories unique to their lives and cultures. Although I do not plan on pursuing filmmaking as a career, I believe it is a valuable asset to understand the creative process that is involved in films to have a better understanding of human emotion and understanding one other.
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Emily Tonnu
San Diego State University

Emily is currently studying Television, Film, and New Media Production at San Diego State University. When she is not behind the scenes, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her dog, Eliza.

Sophie Truong
UC San Diego

I'm currently a senior at UCSD. As someone who hopes to have a career in media, I hope to create meaningful works that people can enjoy and someday be someone who can empower future Asian voices.

Vivienne Vo
UC San Diego

My name is Vivienne Vo and I am a student at UC San Diego. I am currently majoring in Communications and minoring in Digital Film and Video Production. I have always loved movies and hope to work in the industry after college!

Isabelle Wong
UC San Diego

sabelle is a third year student at UC San Diego, majoring in communications and minoring in business. From dancing, to painting, to producing media, storytelling is and has always been one of her passions.

. As a Filipino and Chinese American, she is excited to help represent and spread Asian culture within the media. One day, she hopes to use her creativity in a professional setting to pursue a career in media production or marketing, making a difference
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Daxuan Wu
UC San Diego

Daxuan Wu is an international student currently studying in UCSD. He majors in Visual Arts: Media, and has a minor in business. Daxuan is an aspiring media creator, and he takes pride in his cultural roots. 

His mission is to use his knowledge in media making to revitalize some parts of Chinese cultures that are being neglected in time, and use those as a source of inspiration to create media contents that would not only be appreciated by Chinese people, but to be enjoyed among international audiences.
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Take One Instructors

Eric Michelson
Creative Director / Instructor

With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric Michelson‘s experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries.


Eric is the owner of Carma Media Productions and has co-produced 4 seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen including Top Chef Korean Food Challenge and Hansik Stories for tvK24, ArirangTV and PBS. Since 2014, Eric had co-produced, directed and edited 2 seasons of Asian Voices show. Since 2016, he has been instrumental in mentoring and providing hands-on vocational media workshop to API youths through Take One Youth Internship program.
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Cathlyn Choi
Supervisor / Instructor

Dubbed "Korean Food Ambassador" by the media, Cathlyn is a multi award winning TV show host and producer of the first Korean TV cooking show in English on PBS called “Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen" and Asian Voices, a cultural and educational television program featuring Asian and Pacific Islanders, community, art, culture and events in Southern California.

Cathlyn is the co-owner of CNA Digital Media Marketing Services, specializing in digital media marketing and TV/Film production. In addition to being the founder and board chair of Asian Culture and Media Alliance, Cathlyn serves on the board of Taylion High Desert Academy and is the President of Korean Women’s International Network, San Diego Chapter. In addition to 20 years of international business development and new media marketing background, Cathlyn has over 18 years of experience as a reporter, TV show host and MC in Korea, Brunei and US.
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Nathan Tafao
Assistant Instructor
Nathan Tafao is an America Samoan Videographer based out of San Diego. His venture into film accidentally started at home recording his eldest son Kavi making home videos and somehow led into landing his first job as the Videographer/editor for the El Camino High School football team. Soon he would start his own business and create what is now known as Bigghead Productions.
Over the past 10 years Nathan has grown his business by working with companies such as Island Block Radio, Aiga Foundation, AIM Ministries, Seven60 Athletes, Poly Atamai, IMUA and many more. He has since expanded his services and now specializes in wedding videography. He is most passionate about spending quality time with his wife Shannon and 3 kids Kavi, Keanu and Kobe.
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Megan Shimizu
Assistant Instructor

Megan recently graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Communication, and a minor in Writing. She is passionate about film making, with a special focus on screenwriting. As a half-Japanese woman who has experienced life around the United States, she has learned to love and appreciate a variety of communities and cultures. 

Take One Advisory Board

Sina Hajhassan
Career Coach

As Entertainment/Media Chair, then President of the Undergraduate Communication Society, Sina got to live his passion of leading a team and helping his peers get clarity in careers within the communications industry through our organization’s offerings. He also coached students and friends on professionalism, using LinkedIn, resume writing and job interviewing. 

Sina served as a Senior LinkedIn Champion and Director of Triton LinkedIn Group, a program that was only offered at eight college campuses in the nation. Working with his team, the Career Center at UC San Diego and actual LinkedIn employees, Sina got to further develop his knowledge and skills in career coaching.
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Son Nguyen
Senior Recruiter @ LinkedIn

Son is currently the Senior Lead Campus Business Recruiter at LinkedIn. He is responsible for hiring and coaching entry-level talent for 300+ business and technical roles in the SF Bay Area, Chicago, New York, and Dublin. Prior to joining the talent acquisition team at LinkedIn, he worked in recruiting for Target Headquarters as well as college admissions at Notre Dame, Columbia, and Michigan. 

He was born and raised in Bellingham, WA to Vietnamese refugees. Son is the first in his family to attend college and holds a BBA of management consulting from the University of Notre Dame along with an MS of strategic communications from Columbia University. He is passionate about his Fighting Irish, Seattle sports, and coffee.
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