ELA Summer 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 session for a cohort of up to 30–40 rising Juniors or Seniors. 

The Summer 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 every other week.
  • Summer 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 parking 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
Students Arrive, Residences OpenSunday, May 19th, 2024
Classes StartMonday, May 20, 2024
Classes EndFriday, August 9, 2024
Move Out, Residences CloseSaturday, August 10, 2024
Grades DueThursday, August 26, 2024

All program dates are tentative.

Program Costs

Estimated total program costs: $9,640

  • 4 Credit Hours, $850 per Credit: $3,400
    • 4 Credit Internship
  • Single Room (Shared Bathroom): $6,240
  • Parking Space (Optional)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You must complete the FAFSA for the current academic year 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.

Who can I contact with questions?

  • If you would like to meet with Rebekah Dale, Director of Education Abroad and Domestic Programs, email rebekah_dale [at] emerson.edu (rebekah_dale[at]emerson[dot]edu), or send an email to abroad [at] emerson.edu (abroad[at]emerson[dot]edu).
  • Should you have questions about internships, please email internela [at] emerson.edu (internela[at]emerson[dot]edu).
  • If you have questions regarding course offerings or the academic calendar, please email ELA_Academics [at] emerson.edu (ELA_Academics[at]emerson[dot]edu).
  • If you have questions about on-campus housing, please email Chad Myers at chad_haganmyers [at] emerson.edu (chad_haganmyers[at]emerson[dot]edu).
  • If you have questions about other items, please email Timothy Chang at timothy_chang [at] emerson.edu (timothy_chang[at]emerson[dot]edu).

How to Apply

The application deadline is early March. Complete and submit the application for ELA Summer Internship & Professional Development Program below.

Submit Application

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already completed an application for either the Fall or Spring semester you must still submit an application for Summer, 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.