Internship: Rules and Eligibility

2024 Internships may be in-person, hybrid, or remote, depending on the opportunity, and are subject to change. As a condition of employment, the Academy Foundation requires all interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination requires both vaccinations + booster. The Academy Foundation will consider exceptions only for interns who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons as determined on a case-by-case basis.

The Television Academy Foundation reserves the right to refuse placement in any category at any time.

  • Applicants must be qualified full-time students pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree at a college or university within the United States. Students entering their final quarter or semester in Spring 2024 without a full course load may also apply. Fall and Spring opportunities are open to students enrolled in a college or university within the Greater Los Angeles Area (counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura) and Semester in LA programs ONLY.
  • Applicants for Spring and Summer who have completed, or will be completing college or graduate school prior to December 31, 2023 are not eligible. Applicants for Fall must be enrolled in the Fall 2024 semester/quarter to be eligible. 
  • Participants must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident, or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student.
  • For the Foundation to conduct a background check and process payroll for an intern, the intern will need to provide the Foundation with a U.S. Social Security number upon notification of employment.
  • All opportunities, with the exception of Getting Real: Unscripted, are open to all class levels.
  • Students may submit one entry for one category.
  • Students who have previously participated in the Internship Program MAY NOT apply again.
  • Students participating in specialized two-year or certificate programs should contact the Foundation to determine eligibility.
  • All Summer internships are paid, full-time remote positions, 40 hours per week. Fall and Spring internships are paid, part-time positions, 20-25 hours/week. Rate is $17.50 per hour. Payment is made once a week; applicable payroll deductions apply.
  • Interns are responsible for their own housing and living expenses
  • Students are responsible for their OWN in-town transportation.
  • Airline ticket assistance may be available in the Summer to individuals not bringing reliable transportation who live beyond a 200-mile radius from Los Angeles County.

Getting Real: Unscripted additional requirements

  • Eligible applicants must show a demonstrated financial need and be graduating from a college/university within Southern California with a degree conferred by June 2024.
  • Applicants must have a commitment to promoting the voices and stories of underrepresented communities and increasing diversity and inclusion in the television industry.

Foster Youth Opportunities additional requirements

  • Open to students in the Greater Los Angeles area ONLY (counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura).
  • If since the time you turned 13 you:
    • Had no living parent (biological or adoptive), even if you are now adopted
    • Were in foster care, even if you are no longer in foster care as of today; or
    • Have been a dependent or ward of the court, even if you are no longer a dependent or ward of the court as of today
  • Students must provide proof of foster care status upon finalist notification in order to be considered.

updated 11.2.23

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