Emerson Los Angeles

Undergraduate Program

Qualified Emerson juniors, seniors, and graduate students may enroll for one semester of study at Emerson Los Angeles, a residential program with a full semester of internship opportunities and coursework, as well as personal and professional development workshops and panel discussions. 


Emerson Los Angeles


Emerson Los Angeles (ELA) will significantly expand the College’s current program of professional internships at television and film studios, music companies, media outlets, marketing agencies, and related enterprises. The internship program, now in its 27th year, will enroll approximately 200 students, mostly seniors, fall and spring semesters. A smaller class is chosen for summer term. Emerson students who have participated in the ELA Program gained knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their chosen crafts before launching their post-graduate lives and careers.

A Culture of Service

ELA is commited to teaching excellence, innovation, interdisciplinary, and project-based, experiential learning. Along with the new facility comes a responsibility to promote civic engagement, encourage ethical practices and foster respect for human diversity.  Emerson College Los Angeles hopes to build a culture of service that helps students integrate into their new community, and connect with potential community leaders in the urban environment of Los Angeles.  In the future, ELA will expand its programmatic offerings substantially. For example, new programs will be created to attract more graduate students, mid-career professionals, and industry executives from around the world.

Broad Range of Internships

Emerson students who are accepted into the program will register for an internship course, taken for 4 or 8 college credits. The internship course requires completion of both academic assignments and a specific number of hours at the intern site. With more than 1,000 internships in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including film, television, radio, performance, new media, music, management, journalism, publicity, and public relations, the LA Program offers a broad range of opportunities in a variety of fields. Since its inception, the ELA Program has provided internship opportunities to more than 5,000 Emerson students.

Learn how to apply »