Film, Television and Media Internships in Los Angeles
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.
2018 participating employers will be available when the program application opens on January 26, 2018. To apply once the opportunities are posted, submit a resume and cover letter through the Brown Handshake* for the internship position you are most interested in. Students should search for “Media LA” in Handshake* or BrownConnect to find the application and upload the necessary documents.
If you are interested in choosing a second choice employer, please email your additional cover letter directly to Gregory Seiler (Gregory_Seiler@brown.edu) at the same time you submit your application in the Job and Internship Board. In the email, please indicate your ranked preference of all internships (1, 2). Second choice internship cover letters will only be sent to the employers if you are not selected for your first choice internship and your second choice employer is still seeking an intern for summer.
March 2018: Employers review applicants and schedule skype interviews with top candidates:
Late March 2018: Final candidates selected. Selected students notified and offered opportunity.
April 2018: 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 2018 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, First Year Internship, etc) in a previous summer.
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: $4,000 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@example.com.
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, please email your additional cover letter(s) directly to Gregory Seiler (Gregory_Seiler@brown.edu) at the same time you submit your application in Handshake*. In the email, please indicate your ranked preference of all internships (1, 2).
Second choice internship cover letters will only be sent to the employers if you are not selected for your first choice internship, and your second choice employer is still seeking an intern for summer.
Q: What if I want to apply for more than two internships?
A: The application process only allows for students to apply to a maximum of two internships. If you are interested in more than two internships in the program, please let a program coordinator know.
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.
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.
*Handshake is the new and improved way to engage with CareerLAB and apply for jobs and internships. Read more about Handshake here. The Brown Student Job and Internship Board will be shut down on June 30. If you have any documents (including resumes and cover letters) on the JIB that you want to keep and that you don’t have saved anywhere else download them before June 30.