Information for Students

An internship is a great way to prepare for a career in the entertainment industry. This page provides enrolled UCLA students with information on how to obtain an internship, how to enroll in an internship class, and where to look for additional information.

  1. Searching for Internships
  2. Enrolling in Internship Classes
  3. Information for International Students

Searching for Internships

Obtaining an internship is very similar to finding a job. It is ultimately your responsibility to secure the internship. But we provide some tools to assist you in the process. Start off with our “Applying for Internships” pamphlet.
Search for internships in BruinView, the UCLA Career Center’s comprehensive internship and job database. BruinView includes TFT-approved internships in the entertainment industry.

  • Log in to BruinView with your UCLA Logon ID, then click “Jobs”
  • Use the keyword “TFT” to search for TFT-approved internships
  • Follow the application instructions provided by employers 
  • To find additional listings in relevant industries, click the “Advanced Search” link.
  • Search the Industry fields such as “Arts & Entertainment” and “Advertising” and the Position Type fields “Internship (Paid)” and “Internship (Unpaid/Course Credit).” These search results may include TFT-approved employers as well as other employers.
  • Apply for all relevant employers, and then update us when you receive an internship offer.  Positions which have not been pre-approved must be reviewed in time for you to enroll in the TFT internship program.

Please know that we make every effort to screen and approve only the most reputable companies. However, you are encouraged to further research these companies and use your own best judgment in pursuing the right opportunity. If you believe a company does not provide a professional and adequate work environment, please let us know: internships@tft.ucla.edu.

 

Enrolling in Internship Classes

 

a) Undergraduate Students

To receive credit for an internship, UCLA undergraduates must enroll in two classes: FILM TV 194 AND FILM TV 195:

  • The FILM TV 194 “Internship Seminar” course offers undergraduate students an overview of the film, television and digital media industries. It provides students with a larger frame of reference for their internship and includes lectures and discussions on current industry trends and issues. This class is a variable topics course, so each quarter will offer a different focus on the entertainment industry. Please see the Registrar’s schedule for current class times. Attendance is required of all undergraduates in all ten sessions.
  • FILM TV 195 "Internships in Film, Television and Digital Media" offers academic credit for fieldwork. You must commit ten weeks to your internship. There are no weekly meetings for this course.

FILM TV 194 AND 195 must be taken concurrently with the internship.

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students must have junior or senior standing to enroll in FILM TV 194 and FILM TV 195. Those students with an internship not related to film, television or digital media should contact the Center for Community Learning in Murphy Hall for internships courses through other departments.
  • Undergraduate students from all majors are welcome to participate in the Film, TV and Digital Media Internship Program.

Course requirements:

  • Students earn two units for 194 and 4 units for the FILM TV 195 internship component.
  • Students should conduct 3 interviews with individuals at the internship company and include a report with their final research paper.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours for the duration of the internship.
  • A completed time sheet, approved by the student’s site supervisor, and a company profile are required at the end of the quarter.
  • Click here for the 195 syllabus.

Enrollment:

  1. Enroll in Film TV 194 directly through MyUCLA.
  2. Contact our internship coordinator at internships@tft.ucla.edu and request the contact information for faculty mentors.
  3. You will find that FILM TV 195 is “closed.” To enroll in FILM TV 195 you will need to complete a CONTRACT through MyUCLA. Click on the tab “Classes” in the top bar; in the drop-down menu choose “Contract Courses.” Follow the instructions (Click for a step-by-step manual). You must choose your designated faculty mentor as faculty supervisor for 195. At the end of the process you will generate a PDF. Please print this out, have your faculty mentor sign the contract, and attach to your Internship Package (see next step).
  4. You will also have to complete and get all the signatures for the Liability Waiver, Student Learning Agreement and Worker’s Comp Agreement in the Internship Package. Your employer will have to approve and countersign the Student Learning Agreement and Worker’s Comp Agreement.
  5. Drop off the completed Internship Package and the 195 Contract at the FTVDM Internship Office in 203 East Melnitz or email them to the Internship Coordinator: internships@tft.ucla.edu. Once the Director of the FTVDM Internship Program has approved the paperwork, your enrollment will be processed by TFT Student Services and FILM TV 195 will show up on your study list.
  6. After you are formally enrolled you may request a proof of credit letter for your employer, if needed.

CHECK LIST:

   ❏ Confirm Faculty mentor.
   ❏ Complete Internship Packet.
   ❏ Generate 195 contract through MyUCLA.
   ❏ Get signatures from work site supervisor on Internship Packet.
   ❏ Get signatures from faculty mentor on Internship Packet and Contract.
   ❏ Submit Internship Packet and Contract to internship@tft.ucla.edu or drop off in 203 East Melnitz.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday of Week 2: Internship Package and Signed Contract due
Friday of Week 11: Time sheet due

 

b) Graduate Students

TFT graduate students wishing to obtain academic credit for an FTVDM internship have to enroll in FILM TV 498 "Professional Internship." Students are expected to conduct independent research on their company and the marketplace at large under the supervision of the instructor. You have to commit 10 weeks to your internship and turn in your final assignments at the end of the internship via Turnitin.

Course Requirements:

  • Students receiving 4 units are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours for the duration of the internship. In addition, students must complete a research paper on the company.
  • Students receiving 8 units are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours for the duration of the internship. In addition, students should conduct 3 interviews with individuals in their office and include a report with their final research paper.
  • A completed time sheet, approved by the student’s internship supervisor, is required at the end of the quarter.
  • Click here for the FILM TV 498 Syllabus

Eligibility:

  • Only graduate students in the School of Theater, Film and Television may enroll in FILM TV 498.

Enrollment:

  • To enroll, you will have to complete and get all the signatures for the Liability Waiver, Student Learning Agreement and Worker’s Comp Agreement. Your employer will have to approve and sign the latter two as well. Download the complete Internship Package.
  • Drop off the completed Internship Package at the Film & TV Internship Office in 203 East Melnitz or email them to the Internship Coordinator: internships@tft.ucla.edu.
  • After receipt of your forms you will receive an email with your Permission To Enroll (PTE) number, which will allow you to enroll in FILM TV 498 on MyUCLA.
  • After you are formally enrolled you may request a proof of credit letter for your employer, if needed.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday of Week 2: Internship Package due
Friday of Week 11: Time sheet due

 

Information for International Students

Different restrictions apply to J-1 and F-1 visa holders. Generally students who have been enrolled for three quarters fulfill the 9-months requirement for eligibility for post-program academic training (which includes non-paid internships). Please contact the International Center for more information and to determine your eligibility.