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Internships | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz


F&DM Internship Policy and Guidlines

Students are encouraged to find and do internships related to their academic major.  Please refer to these department policies and guidelines if you are interested in arranging an internship.  

  • Students can receive credit for up to two internships.  The second internship must be different than the first one.  Internships do not count towards Film and Digital Media major requirements.  
  • Internships are credited as Independent Studies - Field Studies (198).  Students can receive up to five credits per internship.  Internships will be graded as Pass/No Pass.  
  • Students should seek a faculty sponsor with whom they have taken at least one class.  FDM faculty are not obligated to sponsor internships.  Students should visit the faculty they are seeking for sponsorship during office hours or make an appointment with them to discuss the details of the internship they are pursuing.  
  • Students must confirm internship/independent study with the department before the start of the quarter.  Internships will not be approved after the end of the first week of the quarter (see note below for Summer Internships).  
  • The faculty sponsor working with the student should suggest a reading list to accompany the internship, so that there is a critical or historical component to the experience.  
  • When the internship has ended, the student will submit a report to the faculty sponsor.  This should be a description of the job tasks within the context of the field of work, and also should include insights derived from the assigned reading. Additionally, the student is responsible for ensuring that their supervisor will write an evaluation of their performance. This should be established at the beginning of the internship, with the supervisor contacting the faculty sponsor.  The faculty sponsor may have additional requirements to receive credit for the internship.  


Arts Internship Program

The Arts Division is launching an internship program for upper-division and graduate students in any of the arts majors. This includes: Art, Digital Art and New Media, Film + Digital Media, History of Art and Visual Culture, Music, and Theater Arts. Participating students will be eligible for field study and have access to division resources as they search for an internship. 

More information can be found at



If you wish to complete an Internship during the Summer, after having prepared paperwork with your faculty sponsor, you should enroll through Summer Session –, or e-mail, or phone 459-2524. They can inform you regarding costs and enrollment procedures. 

To Enroll
You must submit a completed and signed Petition for Individual Studies form (available from the sponsoring department office) to the Summer Session Office beginning on May 1. Note that Field Studies are independent of session and may be completed any time during the ten-week period.

Fees for Independent Field Studies
**Please note-the fees indicated below are valid for the 2014 Summer Session**

Fees are $271 per credit.  Fee examples below:

1-5 credits.....$1,355
6-10 credits....$2,710
11-15 credits…$4,065

Independent field studies students do not receive a summer sticker for ID Cards (unless purchased separately for an additional $288 campus fee). Please contact the Parking Office if you are interested in purchasing just a bus pass for the summer.

NOTE: If you are eligible for Financial Aid and are enrolled in Independent Field Studies, please allow up to two weeks for the Summer Session Office to set up the course and enroll you before your aid can be dispersed.

Deadlines for Independent Field Studies
     * Final day to enroll: July 29, Saturday
    * Last day to drop & receive refundable fees: August 3, Sunday
($50 is non-refundable cancellation fee if you drop all units)

Grades for Independent Field Studies
Grades for all field studies should be available after September 6, 2014

For the most recent information on Summer Session Independent Studies visit:
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