A photograph taken during the film 'The Help'

Jake Eberts Fellowship for Social Impact Filmmaking

TFT is proud to partner with Participant Media, the producers of such films as Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, The Soloist, Waiting for ‘Superman’ and The Help, on an exciting fellowship program. Participant's more than 60 films include this year's Golden Globe nominees Beasts of No Nation, Bridge of Spies and Spotlight. Bridge of Spies and Spotlight received six Oscar nominations as well, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, with Spotlight taking home the prize.

Every quarter, two FTVDM continuing graduate students are chosen to engage in a special fellowship within different divisions of the company (social media production, post-production or feature film development) and gain hands-on, practical experience in working in a professional environment. The opportunity also allows students to build their resumes and make valuable contacts for the future. Interested? Participant Media is eager for students with a real “can do” attitude. It is important that students take initiative and think outside the box, but at the same time take direction well and understand that in an internship, as with most jobs, you aren’t going to love everything that you do – but you should still do it well!

1. Internship Descriptions

A. Pivot TV Intern (1)

Pivot TV (network brought to you by Participant Media) is looking for one intern to assist in the programming department, which encompasses scripted, alternative and live programming. As a new network with a small team, the intern will be exposed to multiple aspects of both development and current, and will be asked to perform a variety of tasks. This includes anything from development needs (script coverage, competitive tracking, creating writer/director/actor lists), basic production needs (call sheets, permit requests, logging footage), to more general office work (covering phones, data input, greeting guests, office runs). Candidates must be hardworking, outgoing and comfortable in a fast-paced environment. Previous interns have had the opportunity to attend press events, actively participate in development of series, assist with production on shoots, and work closely with high level executives. Interns will also have the opportunity to participant in an intern project that will be presented in front of company executives.

B. Participant Media Development Intern (1)

Working closely with the narrative staff, the UCLA fellow will actively aid the development process by conducting issue-based research, reviewing submitted material, and completing comprehensive script coverage. The UCLA fellow must have a thorough understanding of story structure and an ability to complete clear and concise coverage.

2. Commitment

Duration: One quarter (11 weeks)
Time Commitment: A minimum of two full days (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), three full days maximum

3. Application Procedure

Students may apply for a single internship per quarter. Please submit your application package no later than Friday of Week 8 for an internship that begins in the following quarter to:

Christina Carrea
225B East Melnitz

or by email (PDF or Word doc files only) to internships@tft.ucla.edu.

Please address all materials to:

Participant Media
331 Foothill Road
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Application Materials

A. Pivot TV Internship

Cover letter

B. Development Internship

Cover letter
Sample coverage

TFT faculty will choose up to five finalists for each position for personal interviews with Participant Media executives, who will then make the final decision.

If you have questions, please contact:

Christina Carrea
Assistant Director, Film, Television and Digital Media Internship Program
(310) 825-1854