Applications open November 28, 2022

The deadline to apply for Summer 2023 is January 20, 2023.

Need support for your summer internship? Do you want to remain in Boston or go to Los Angeles for the summer? Looking for more industry connections?

The Emerson Intern Summer Experience, or Emtern Summer Experience for short, offers undergraduate rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to receive in-depth professional support while pursuing a summer internship in either Boston or Los Angeles.

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. This program is an opportunity for students who have been unable to do an internship due to economic hardship and provides more access to experiential learning.  The experience is available to any student pursuing a professional experience during the summer, including academic and for-experience internships. Historically underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. The program provides students with the following:

  • On-campus accommodations,
  • A required professional development series,
  • The opportunity to connect with alumni in the arts and communication throughout the summer. 

The series is organized by Emerson College’s Board of Advisors and the Career Development Center.


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. 


Students accepted into the program are required 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Important Reminders: 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.

The professional development series for the 2023 cohort will be conducted in observance of social distancing and gathering guidelines. Events may happen virtually, in-person, or a combination of both formats, as public health allows.

Applicants will be informed of our plans for this year as soon as they are finalized.