The Los Angeles Cinema and Media Studies Internship Program offers students the opportunity to study and work in the media and entertainment industry, as well as in key institutions of programming, curating, and archiving film and media. Students enroll in one course focusing on contemporary film and television genres and complete an academically directed internship. The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA over the course of 10 weeks between May and August.

  • Open to undergraduate students meeting the following prerequisites:
    • Students need to have foundational knowledge in film history and of either television history or film aesthetics. This should be demonstrated by the completion of CAS/COM CI 101 and one of CAS EN 175, COM FT 250 or COM FT 303 (or their equivalents) prior to participation.
  • Admission requirements for all programs

Required Courses

Students enroll in both of the following courses.

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

  • CAS/COM CI 595 Contemporary Film and Television Genres in Comparison (4 credits)
    • This course provides students with an introduction to genre studies facilitated through an overview of a sampling of highly contemporary film and television genres.
    • Students will be introduced to a range of popular film and television genres to learn how genres work economically (as they place film and television industries in synergy) and culturally (as industrial branding tools and building blocks of modern‚Äźday mythologies).
    • Gain a basic knowledge of entertainment marketing and promotion in the film, TV, new media and music industries. Demonstrate ability to relate and discuss past and current trends in respective businesses.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS/COM CI 493 Internship in Media Studies (4)
    • Students enroll in a required four-credit internship course. Write, research, and work in the media and entertainment industry, as well as in key institutions of programming, curating, and archiving film and media. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.
Program Residence

  • Students share furnished apartments at the Park LaBrea Apartments in Los Angeles.
  • The apartments have two bedrooms with two occupants per Each apartment has a shared kitchen stocked with cooking utensils.
  • Singles are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental
  • Students have full access to amenities offered through this centrally located apartment complex.
  • Although board is not included, students can easily walk to nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
  • The apartments have on-site laundry facilities.
  • Summer Term: Late May to early August
  • Summer Term: March 1
  • Summer 2018 Tuition & Fees: $11,510
    Cost includes tuition, housing, and field trips
  • Estimated budget, including cost of living expenses for Summer 2018
  • Financial aid¬†available