Emtern Summer Experience

The Emerson Intern Summer Experience, or Emtern Summer Experience for short, offers current students the opportunity to connect with in-depth professional support while pursuing a summer internship in either Boston or Los Angeles. The program provides students with on-campus accommodations as well as a required professional development series organized by Emerson College’s Board of Advisors.

In light of COVID-19, our Summer 2021 cohort may receive a mostly virtual experience. Applicants will be informed of our plans for this year as soon as they are finalized.

About the Program

The Emtern Summer Experience was designed as a way to support students completing low-pay or unpaid internships with Boston and Los Angeles-based employers. The experience is available to any student pursuing a professional experience during the summer, including academic and for-experience internships.

Internships must be completed within the timeline of the program (mid-May through mid-August). Please be aware that this is a highly competitive program for current students. The offerings for the program, along with its eligibility requirements are outlined below.

Free Housing

Students accepted into the program will receive free on-campus housing from Emerson’s Boston or Los Angeles campuses. Housing is provided between May and August. 

In light of COVID-19, accommodations will be provided based on state and local guidelines. Students accepted into the program will be notified of their housing status as soon as a decision is made.

Professional Development Series

Students accepted into the program are expected to attend a series of weekly professional development dinners and workshops, organized by Emerson College’s Board of Advisors. These discussion-based events will focus on a variety of career topics, including personal branding, networking, and much more.

Our Summer 2021 series will be conducted in observance of social distancing and gathering guidelines. Events may happen virtually or in-person, or a combination of both formats, as public health allows.

How to Apply

Given the high level of interest in this program, students are required to turn in a completed application to be considered for this opportunity. Applications must include information regarding the internship(s) a student intends to apply to, or the internship(s) a student has already applied to. A written component describing the student's interest in the program is required as well. Further eligibility requirements are listed below.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Rising Junior or Senior
  • Demonstrated Financial Need*

Students do not need to have a confirmed Summer internship to apply to the program, however, they will need to provide evidence of internships they intend to apply to or applications they have already submitted. Students are encouraged to use the Career Development Center to assist with their search.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2021 is February 8, 2021.

*Financial need is determined by Emerson College’s Office of Financial Aid.

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