Hollywood Media Internship

The Hollywood Internship Program is a summer study and work opportunity that provides a great way to apply classroom learning to the specific career goals of interest to selected Communication Studies students.

It also serves as an industry immersion experience. Interns benefit from gaining practical skills in state-of-the-art technical facilities and are exposed to the expertise of renown producers, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers & agents.

For a number of years the UNC-Hollywood internship program has been supported by a generous grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Internship Grants program.  Since 1993 the UNC-Hollywood program has received more than $200,000 in grants and “in kind” support from the Academy.  In 2010 alone, the Academy grants program distributed over $162,000 to 21 universities and colleges. Please go to www.oscars.org to find out more about the ways in which the Academy assists in fostering educational opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing careers in film and film-related industries.
Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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We will not start the application process for the summer of 2015 until the fall of 2014.

APPLICATION PROCESS 2015 -  Applications for Summer 2015 are due no later than October 30th, 2014, at 3pm.  Turn all applications in to Elizabeth in 115 Bingham.

If you are planning on applying for the Hollywood Media Internship for Summer 2015, please download the application and resume template below.  Resumes MUST fit this one-page requirement, so condense your experiences/education into a concise document.  The resume should be geared toward potentially working at a company rather than simply getting into the internship program. The resume should fill the page but not be longer than one page. No high school experience should be on your resume unless you worked or performed on a feature film or network television series. Also, for faculty references, you will NOT need letters of recommendation; simply include the names of those Communication Studies faculty who are most familiar with your work and/or that you’ve had recent class experience with.  Finally, the deadline to submit is Monday, OCT. 30th at 3:00pm.
You will make an interview appointment (November 6th or 7th) at that time- and interviews will be with internship director, Paul Edwards, and will be 15 min. long.
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Hollywood_Internship_Application 2015



The deadline to turn in applications is: Oct. 30th at 3:00pm.
Interviews will take place on campus on November 6-7, 2014.

You will turn these documents into Elizabeth in 115 Bingham Hall (1st fl) and will also make your interview appointments at that time.

Internships take place in companies doing business in the most competitive arena in the world: the Entertainment Industry.  They are not in the business to teach. You have to learn on the run and by osmosis! While in the program, you will work first-hand with those doing the job you are interested in having, and it’s a great way to find out where your interests really lie, and what it takes to “make it” in the field.

The typical length of internship is somewhat up to the student to decide, but the time frame is June to August 2015.  Many students in past Hollywood internship programs at UNC have remained in the LA area and used the networking and class information to score a job in the industry after their internship ended.

Once you’re accepted into the program, you are required to take two courses in the 2nd Summer Session for this internship.  The first course will be COMM 690, Special Topics in Media Studies for 3 credit hours.  The second course will be COMM 393, Internship for 3 credit hours.  You will be registered for these courses by the Comm. Studies Registrar during the registration period for Summer School.  You will also need to apply for Summer School financial aid, should you need assistance with paying tuition and/or living expenses.

Since you will be taking these courses as part of the program, you will need to postpone graduation from May 2015 to August 2015.  If you have applied to graduate in Spring, you will need to withdraw your name through Academic Advising, once it’s been confirmed you have been selected to the program.  You will still be able to walk in both the University and departmental commencement ceremonies in the Spring, but your official graduation will not be until August 2015.

The majority of students interning with the UNC Hollywood internship program stay at OAKWOOD apartments at Toluca Lake near Burbank, as it offers a convenient location and furnishings with all amenities.  However, students also make their own arrangements, often sharing apartments or a home with other interns from UNC.  Oakwood often offers special rates during the summer, and once, you are chosen for the internship program, you’ll be provided with brochures and contacts for this apartment community, should you be interested.

You will need a car to get around in L.A. Students usually drive a car there, often sharing expenses and car-pooling.  However, because your internships may be spread out, you might plan on taking your own vehicle, renting a car, or car pooling with a fellow intern working close to your internship.

Since you will still be enrolled in school for 6 credit hours, you will likely be covered by UNC student health insurance.  Make sure you check to see if it will continue over the Summer months.

You will be required to have UNC liability insurance, which usually is around $16 per intern for the entire summer.  This insurance protects you, your internship employer and the University.  Please do not confuse this with medical health insurance which will need to be your own coverage plan.


Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.