Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship Program

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, and with the utmost concern for health and safety, the Television Academy Foundation will be offering remote internships only for summer 2021.

The application period for the 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Unscripted Television Program is now closed. Notifications will be made early June.  

Remote internships will take place June 21 – August 13, 2021.

The Television Academy Foundation's Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship Program provides full-time internships in Unscripted/Reality Television to five students from low-income backgrounds who are attending college/university within the Greater Los Angeles area. The program gives students in-depth exposure to professional television production during an eight-week, paid summer period in Los Angeles. Students must demonstrate a commitment to promoting the voices and stories of underrepresented communities and increasing diversity and inclusion in the television industry. Only graduating students with degrees conferred by June 2021 are eligible to apply.

Interns will also receive weekly online evening professional development including panels with television industry leaders, customized seminars on building your brand and navigating the job market ahead, and access to Foundation alumni as you build your career.

Upon completion, interns will join the Television Academy Foundation's Friends and Alumni Network and be eligible to participate in career support programming provided by the Foundation.

Click to read Variety's coverage of the Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship.


Development - Unscripted Television

Site: Production company or studio.

Activities: Assist in development of unscripted programs. Work with production company and/or network programming staff in conception and execution of programs.

Minimum Requirements: Demonstrated knowledge of unscripted programs. An ability and willingness to research unfamiliar topics and write short briefs on findings. Working knowledge of Keynote or PowerPoint for presentations. Applicants are encouraged to upload short writing samples and a video link to any reality/unscripted work samples produced (no more than 5 min. in total), if available.


Casting - Unscripted Television

Site: Production company or office of casting director.

Activities: Exposure to the casting process including arranging casting interviews, heavy phones, clerical.

Minimum Requirements: Organizational and people skills. Knowledge of television, movies and theatre. Liberal arts, communication background, computer literate, good memory.

Selection Process

Voting members of the Television Academy will select the finalists in early May. All finalists will be notified to submit a video interview in response to questions posed in the notice of final candidacy. Students selected for the internship positions will be notified in early June.


updated 5.17.21

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