Employers and Industry Professionals
Students and alumni of Emerson are highly skilled and talented in the fields of entertainment, media, communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, and performing arts. Although they typically seek opportunities in these areas, we welcome internship, full time, part-time, and freelance opportunities in any field.
Our capable students are eager to learn from you and gain invaluable experience in their desired field, and we also encourage them to become involved in the community through civic engagement.
Hiring Emerson Alumni for Full or Part-time Jobs
Based in Boston, Emerson College, the world’s premier center for the study and practice of communication and the arts, was the first East Coast college to establish a residential study and internship program in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The Hollywood Reporter has hailed Emerson College as one of the Top 10 Film Schools in the nation. Its programs in film and television have graduated notable alumni for more than 100 years.
With approximately 4,500 alumni in the Los Angeles region—working in all facets of the entertainment and communications industries at companies like Disney, Hulu, Lionsgate, Netflix, Sony, CAA, Variety, LA Times, and more—Emerson College has helped artists and communicators of every background become a creative force.
Contact Us. To hire Los Angeles-based Emerson alumni or learn more about ways we can help connect you with alumni for employment and industry opportunities, please contact Laura Daroca at laura_daroca [at] emerson.edu (laura_daroca[at]emerson[dot]edu).
Hiring current Emerson students for Internships
Contact Us. To hire an Emerson intern or learn more about additional ways we can help you connect with Emerson students, please contact ELA internship staff at InternELA [at] emerson.edu. We look forward to collaborating with you!
Post with Us. We use Handshake, an online job & internship platform used by many institutions across the country, to post our approved internship opportunities. Students and alumni can use Handshake to apply to your internships, full time, part-time, and freelance employment opportunities directly via your job posting. If your company already has a profile on the system, look for Emerson College’s profile and connect - we share the same profile as our main campus in Boston. If you do not have a Handshake profile, ELA staff can help you set it up.
Semester Schedule. Our interns are available to work each semester from the first through the last day of classes. Please refer to our Program Calendar to see our upcoming semester schedule.
Supervising Emerson Interns
Your Responsibility. Emerson student interns are expected to engage in a true learning experience at their internship site, and as an internship supervisor, you play an essential part. The primary purpose of a student internship is the student intern’s hands-on learning in a work setting, rather than the benefit of the internship site. The internship site supervisor should define active duties such as writing coverage, attending meetings, covering desk, research, etc.
Internship duties should not be clerical or performed remotely except, if at all, on an isolated and de minimis basis. Student interns should not perform inappropriate tasks such as maintenance duties or personal errands. Student interns may not become drivers or messengers. Student interns are not employees and as such are not insured or bonded, nor do they receive workman’s compensation from Emerson. A few driving errands are acceptable, with the student intern’s consent, as long as the student intern is reimbursed for gas money. For more information, please refer to Emerson College’s Internship Policies page, and always feel free to contact ELA internship staff if you have any questions or concerns.
Academic Credit. All ELA program students must complete an internship for credit regardless of whether the internship is paid or unpaid. In order to receive academic credit, student interns are required to enroll in an internship course, and submit a Learning Proposal that must also be reviewed and agreed upon by both the internship site supervisor and the internship course instructor. The internship duties and required hours at the site must be clearly established and articulated in the Learning Proposal by both the student intern and internship site supervisor.
The ELA internship program will, upon request, provide a letter confirming that the student intern is enrolled at Emerson College and will, after completing all course requirements, receive academic credit for the internship.