ELA Summer 2023 Internship & Professional Development Program

Emerson Los Angeles is offering a residential internship program and professional development and mentorship opportunities in Los Angeles over the course of the full Summer 2023 session for a cohort of up to 30–40 rising Juniors or Seniors. 

The Summer 2023 ELA Summer Internship and Professional Development Program may be of particular interest to: 

  • Students who were unable to attend ELA in the fall or spring semesters
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors who may not have planned to attend ELA, but are interested in the opportunity to intern in Los Angeles—including those whose majors have not traditionally been represented at ELA, and,
  • Students who would like a longer time in Los Angeles (immediately prior to or after their regular term at ELA).

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Program Information and Requirements

  • To be eligible to participate, students must be a rising Junior or Senior with a minimum GPA of 2.7 at the start of the summer term.
  • Participating students must register for an internship course in their major for 4 credits (REMINDER: students are eligible to earn a total of 12 internship credits maximum over the course of their studies at Emerson.) Students can petition to take 8 credits. The internship course meets in person bi-weekly. 
  • Summer 2023 Internship and Professional Development Program students will participate in a selection of diverse mentorship and Professional Development activities and programs produced both by ELA and outside organizations including the Career Advisory Network (CAN), an alumni mentorship program for students in all majors.
  • All participants are required to live on campus. Gated spaces are available for an additional fee. Please note that there is no meal plan offered during the summer as ELA does not have an onsite dining hall.

Program Dates

Item Date
Students Arrive, Residences Open Sunday, May 21, 2023
Classes Start Monday, May 22, 2023
Classes End Friday, August 18, 2023
Move Out, Residences Close Saturday, August 19, 2023
Grades Due Thursday, August 28, 2023

All program dates are tentative.

Program Costs

Estimated total program costs: $9,240

  • 4 Credit Hours, $810 per Credit: $3,240
    • 4 Credit Internship
  • Single Room (Shared Bathroom): $6,000
  • Parking Space (Optional)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You must complete the 2023–2024 FAFSA as soon as possible. The Summer Assistance Application is also available to complete at Summer Assistance for Current Undergraduates.


On-campus housing is mandatory and all participants will have a single room within a shared suite. The  setup is similar to the Colonial Building in Boston.


We are committed to offering you the best Emerson Los Angeles experience despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ELA administration works closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff. Modifications have been made to reduce density in the residence halls and in classrooms. All program participants will be tested regularly and are required to follow ELA and CDC safety protocols and procedures.

Who can I contact with questions?

  • If you would like to meet virtually with David Griffin, Director of Education Abroad and Domestic Programs, please set up an appointment, or send an email to la [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Emerson Los Angeles".
  • Should you have questions about internships, please email internela [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Emerson Los Angeles Internships".
  • If you have questions regarding course offerings or the academic calendar, please email ELA_Academics [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Emerson Los Angeles Academics".
  • If you have questions about on-campus housing, please email Chad Myers at chad_myers [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Chad Myers".
  • If you have questions about other items, please email Timothy Chang at timothy_chang [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Timothy Chang".

How to Apply

The application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2023. Complete and submit the application for ELA Summer 2022 Internship & Professional Development Program below.

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PLEASE NOTE: If you have already completed an application for either Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 you must still submit an application for Summer 2022, but there is no need for an additional essay (s), faculty recommendations, etc. You may just write in those text fields that you've applied already for next year.