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. Every quarter, two FTVDM graduate students are chosen to engage in a paid internship 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. TakePart Production and Editing Intern (1)

The UCLA fellow will assist in various productions associated with TakePart and Participant Media. Production responsibilities include assisting with equipment set-up/breakdown, boom operating, and camera operating. Post-production responsibilities will range from capturing/logging footage to assembling rough cuts with the potential to edit entire videos from start to finish. The UCLA fellow should have an expertise in video editing (with strong knowledge of Final Cut Pro) and have production experience. Animation, motion graphics, Photoshop, and After Effects experience are suggested but not a requirement.

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

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:

Ben Harris
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. Production and Editing Internship

Cover letter
Reel (or link to online reel) with shot/edited work

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:

Ben Harris
Director, Film & TV Internship Program
(310) 206-3761