Protégé Lab Internship

For the student who desires hands-on FX lab experience, Cinema Makeup School’s Protégé Lab Internship offers the opportunity for exclusive internships at premier, award-winning FX studios worldwide.


With a passion for FX and instructor recommendation, select students who have taken eight weeks of makeup effects courses will work inside studios of current CMS partners, who have work on films such as The Shape of Water (2017), It (2017), and Alien: Covenant (2017).


– Invaluable hands-on FX lab experience
– One-of-a-kind chance to work with award-winning teams


“Hosting interns in a working makeup effects studio can be risky. Newbies can slow down the process. They can actually create more work because they need their hands held every step of the way. That’s why I was so pleased by the performance of the interns who came to us through Cinema Makeup School. Not only were they enthusiastic, serious and hard working…they had skills. If they represent the caliber of students coming out of Cinema Makeup School, I have high hopes for the future of the craft!


 – Alec Gillis
Oscar-nominated SFX Artist;
Co-founder of A.D.I. Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

Partners Include, But Aren't Limited To:

Alliance StudioBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Underworld (2003), and Predator (1987);
DDTSFXCrimson Peak (2017), Mama (2013), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
KNB EFX GroupThe Walking Dead (TV Series), Suicide Squad (2016), and Django Unchained (2012);
Legacy EffectsAvengers: Infinity War (2017), The Shape of Water (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016);
Millennium FXDoctor Who (TV Series), Victor Frankenstein (2015), and Divergent (2014);
Spectral MotionStranger Things (TV Series), R.I.P.D (2013), and Looper (2012);
Studio ADIGodzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Predator (2018), and It (2017);
Odd StudioPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Alien Covenant (2017), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Industry Mentorship

One of the most prestigious opportunities CMS offers its graduates is the chance to work closely with some of Hollywood’s top tier industry artist. Through the Industry Mentorship, CMS’s most talented graduates are selected to work in a 3–6 month long paid mentorship alongside distinguished industry professionals such as Ve Neill, Bill Corso, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Howard Berger, learning the ins and outs of the makeup industry through hands on experiences and mentorship.

Mentors Include, But Aren't Limited To:

Ve NeillA Star Is Born (2018), LBJ (2016), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
Howard BergerLegion (TV Series), The Walking Dead (TV Series), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Bill CorsoThe Cloverfield Paradox (2018), Bladerunner 2049 (2017), and Deadpool (2016, 2018)
Eryn Krueger-MekashAmerican Horror Story (TV Series), Scream Queens (TV Series), and Glee (TV Series)
Chris NelsonAvengers: End Game (2019), Captain Marvel (2019), and Halloween (2018)

CMS Apprenticeship

Students and Graduates of CMS are strongly encouraged to enter their work into the CMS Apprenticeship Competition. Students who participate in the Apprenticeship Competition conceptualize a creative and unique creature makeup design that can be brought to life in full effect. The student with the most innovative and distinct design is selected to work with CMS and an industry professional who will help the student bring their work to life. Once the design is completed, the student’s work will be displayed at major conventions, such as San Diego Comic-Con International. Previous apprentices have had the honor to work under Academy Award-winning makeup artists such as Ve Neill and Rick Baker.

Leonard Engelman Fellowship

Leonard Engelman is the previous Director of Education Emeritus of Cinema Makeup School and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch. He has been working professionally as a makeup artist for over fifty years and his feature credits include such classics as Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz, Ivan Reitman’s GhostbustersRambo starring Sylvester Stallone, Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and Moonstruck and Burlesque both starring Cher.

Leonard Engelman has developed an extensive and profound makeup artist career working on films like Batman Forever (1995) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and with Hollywood stars such as Cher. The Leonard Engelman Fellowship now known as the Fellowship allows select Cinema Makeup School students to work directly with an amazing industry professional in an intimate studio environment. The makeup students who attend Fellowship workshops benefit from the artist’s vast makeup industry knowledge and unparalleled makeup artistry.

“Being selected to participate in the Leonard Engelman Fellowship inspired me in many ways. Not only with knowledge and tips about our ever-changing industry, but the personal advice and critique received from Leonard Engelman himself.” – Chelsea Tapia, Graduate