We want to make sure our students have a seamless transition from Boston to life in LA, so please take note of what to know—and what you’ll need to take care of on-campus—before you go.
PLEASE NOTE: Students in residence from other academic programs that are not part of the Emerson LA internship program may have a different set of regulations.
How to Register
Fall and Spring Students
- Undergraduates must register for a full course load (12–16 credits)
- Graduate students must register for a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 12 credits
- The internship must be taken for either 4 or 8 credits (2-credit internships are not an option)
- Participants may not complete more than one internship during the semester
- Make sure you register for the appropriate internship in your major
- You must attend at least two professional development opportunities during your semester in the program
- You must participate in at least two civic engagement opportunities during your semester in the program
Once students are accepted into the program, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting. Information sessions are held in mid-October for spring attendees and mid-March for fall and summer term participants.
Staff will brief students about internships and ELA housing, what to expect during their semester in Los Angeles, and answer any other questions or concerns. After these sessions, we will send further instructions regarding housing and room/roommate selection.
Invoices will be released at the end of June for the fall term and the first week of December for the spring term.
YOU MUST BE FINANCIALLY CLEARED ON ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM.
If you are currently paying under a deferred payment plan such as TuitionPay, keep in mind that the costs may be different than you had originally planned. You must make arrangements to deal with this discrepancy before departure. Contact TuitionPay directly or the Office of Student Accounts at 617-824-8655.
Make certain your financial aid paperwork is accurate, complete, and submitted on time. For dates and deadline visit the Office of Financial Aid. Please email the Office of Financial Aid or call 617-824-8655 if you have questions.
To learn about work-study positions available at ELA, please visit the Student Employment office on campus beforehand. Make sure you bring all necessary documentation for completing I-9 and W-4 forms with you. Paperwork can be completed at the Office of Financial Aid at 214 Tremont Street.
Health Insurance Requirement
Every full-time and part-time student enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts is required to participate in a student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. This includes students participating in the Los Angeles Program. For those of you who are not California residents: insurance carriers may not cover you adequately in California. It is vitally important that you and your family research this before you arrive in Los Angeles. All too often participants arrive in Los Angeles only to discover that significant medical expenses are not covered and must be paid out of pocket; or they must travel back home to receive medical care.
Please view MANDATED REQUIREMENTS for information about student insurance health requirements.
Withdrawal from the Program
If you decide, for any reason, that you must withdraw from the program you must submit formal notice in writing, from your Emerson email account, to emersonla [at] emerson.edu. A PHONE CALL IS NOT SUFFICIENT NOTIFICATION.
Housing and Parking in LA
On-Campus Housing Requirement
On-campus housing is mandatory for undergraduate students and optional for graduate students and students over the age of 25. However, if your permanent legal address is within 10 miles of the ELA center and you are interested in living at home with an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling), you can petition to live off campus. Please see the ELA Director of Housing and Student Life for a petition form.
ELA has the right and obligation to control traffic and parking at our facility. The operation of a motor vehicle at the center is a privilege granted by the College and is not a right of any employee, student or visitor. ELA parking rules and regulations are designed to aid the flow of traffic, provide the maximum amount of parking possible, and aid in the safety for all guests.
All vehicles parked at ELA are required to obtain a parking permit from ELA Security. Everyone who is issued a parking permit will have a designated parking spot in the underground parking garage. Visitors may only park in the above ground garage located off of Gordon St. All visitors should check in with ELA Security upon arrival.
ELA students are held accountable to the Code of Community Standards and Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Emerson College Student Handbook. Students should be aware of the policies outlined below, as they may differ from the Boston Campus.
Residents may have an overnight guest for up to ten (10) days in a thirty (30) day period with not more than four (4) consecutive nights if the presence of the guest does not constitute an inconvenience for their roommate/suitemates or otherwise interfere with the housing community life. You must accompany your guest at all times and will be held responsible for their behavior while they are visiting the ELA Center. Residents who violate this privilege will have their overnight guest privileges terminated and may be subject to dismissal from the ELA Program.
ELA is a smoke-free campus. Smoking of any substance, including the use of electronic smoking devices, is strictly prohibited inside the building, on any of the outdoor terraces or gathering spaces, and anywhere within 25 feet of any entrance or air intake of the building.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Students must be of legal age to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. If all residents of a suite are not of legal drinking age, no alcohol may be stored in the shared microfridge at any time. The maximum amount of alcohol permitted in residence hall rooms for those that are of legal drinking age: twelve 12-ounce coolers, malts, or beers; or one 750 ml. bottle of wine; or one pint of hard liquor up to 80 proof. Alcohol is prohibited in all College-owned common spaces including the outdoor terrace and community kitchen.
The use, abuse, sale, manufacturing, possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia is prohibited. The College does not allow any exceptions to this Policy including the possession or use of marijuana for medical purposes, even if such possession or use otherwise meets the qualifications of the California Compassionate Use Act, or any future legislation that is specific to the state of California. Students who believe they may be adversely affected by this Policy should contact the Director of Housing and Student Life for more information.
Please be courteous and pick up after yourself. Dispose of all food items, beverage containers, trash, etc. that you bring into the classroom, common area, kitchen or other public spaces.