Media LA Internships

BrownConnect Signature

Film, Television and Media Internships in Los Angeles

Summer 2020

Internship Program information and Frequently Asked Questions

The Media in LA summer internship program provides students with the opportunity to intern with a media company in the greater Los Angeles area over the summer.  The program allows for participating students to gain practical experience within a variety of media fields while connecting to the LA alumni community in the workplace and through structured networking events.  Students  receive stipends to offset travel and living costs associated with taking the internship positions.   Eligible students also receive a Summer Earnings Wavier (SEW) worth approximately $2900.

Application Process:  

  1. Submit your resume and cover letter for your first choice employer when applying for the Media in LA internship program in Handshake.

  2. Submit the google application form for the 2020 Media in LA internship.  Link can be found in BrownConnect or Handshake for the program listing.

Expected Timeline:

Application deadline: March 6, 202o at 12pm

Late March 2020: Final candidates selected.  Selected students notified and offered opportunity.

April 2020: Student provides acceptance paperwork, commit to program, begins planning for summer internship


Currently enrolled students completing their first year, sophomore or junior year prior to start date of internship may apply for the program.  Students graduating in December 2020 or later are eligible.  Students from any concentration are eligible to participate.  Students must not have received LINK funding or internship funding from any Signature Internship Program (CCG, BEO, iProv, International Entrepreneurship, etc) in a previous summer. Students must meet LINK eligibility requirements.

Housing: Selected student interns will be expected to obtain suitable housing on their own.  Host employers and program administrators will provide students with ideas for summer housing, however the responsibility is on the student to obtain necessary housing.

Program Dates:  Internships will run 8-10 weeks from late May to late August.  The employer will work with the student to determine exact dates.

Stipend:  $4,500 for all internships.  Students on financial aid may also be eligible for a Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW).


Q: I have many more questions about the internship program. Who can I ask?

A: Students may contact Greg Seiler with BrownConnect at [email protected].

Q: Can I receive academic credit for the internship?

A: Brown generally does not offer academic credit for internships.  Students may choose to work with an academic department and register for an independent study aligning with the internship experience in the semester following the internship.

Q: Do I need to interview for the internship?

A: Host employers and students are encouraged to meet via phone, Skype or other video chat service for an interview.  This is an opportunity for the employer to learn more about the student intern and for the student intern to learn more about the position and ask for any clarifications about the work involved.

Q: What information should I include in the cover letter?

A: The cover letter gives the employer a better understanding of who you are as a Brown student, young professional and individual.  Please see these CareerLAB cover letter tips for ideas, or visit CareerLAB during open office hours. Cover letters may be addressed to the “Hiring Manager.”

Q: Can I apply to more than one internship position?

A: If you are interested in choosing a second choice employer:

1. Complete the Handshake application (resume and cover letter) for your first choice employer.

2. Complete the supplemental google form ranking your choices: first, second.  The google form can be found in positon details in Handshake or BrownConnect.  

First choice applications will always be sent to employers.  Second choice application materials will only be collected from students if the employer does is still seeking a student following the first round of applications.  Please do not send any second choice cover letters unless you are asked to send.

Q: What are the working hours?

A: Interns are expected to work full-time during the dates of the internship.  Hours may vary by employer.  Interns are required to work the entire duration of the internship with any days off approved in advance by a supervisor.  Some internships might be more structured 9am-5pm schedules while others may allow student to work remotely for part of the summer or require off-hours depending on the type of work.  Many film/TV internships are fewer than 5 days a week for a longer period of time.

Q: What if I am graduating before the summer internship?

A: To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled at Brown as a degree-seeking student in the fall semester following the summer internship.

Q: Will I meet with other participants in the program?

A: Yes!  We’ll hold a pre-internship orientation in April and invite students to meetups with Brown alumni in LA.

Q: What if I need to leave early or quit my internship?

A: Whether initiated by the employer or the student, if an internship position is ended early you may be expected to return a prorated portion of the internship stipend.

Q: I missed the application deadline, can I still apply?

A: You may still be considered for one of the internships only if a suitable candidate was not found by the company after reviewing and interviewing candidates.  Please contact a program coordinator to discuss your eligibility.

Q: I already received funding from LINK, CCG in NYC, First Year internships, BEO Hong Kong or iProv, or other BrownConnect Signature Program in a previous summer.  Am I eligible for this program?

A: No.  Students may not have previously received funding through the above internship programs to be eligible for the LA Media Internship.

Q: What if I am studying abroad in the semester before the summer program?

A: As long as your semester ends with enough time to start your internship, students studying abroad may still participate.  Exceptional preparedness and responsiveness will be required of the student to successfully schedule interviews and prepare for the summer.

Q: Can I apply to multiple BrownConnect Signature Programs?

A: As long as you have not previously received a BrownConnect Summer Internship award, through a Signature program or LINK award, you can apply to multiple signature programs for the upcoming summer.  Follow the specific restrictions and process for each program.