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FDM 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 through the Film and Digital Media Department.  

  • 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 (FILM 198).  Students can receive up to five credits per internship.  Internships will be graded as Pass/No Pass.  
  • Students should seek a FDM 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 in which they will be interning.  Internships will not be approved after the end of the first week of the quarter (see note below for summer internships dates and deadlines).  
  • To add an academic component and augment the hands-on experience, the faculty sponsor will approve a reading list to accompany the internship.  
  • When the internship has ended, the student will submit a report to the faculty sponsor.  The report will include a description of the job tasks within the context of the field of work, and an analysis of 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.  



Students who have arranged a summer internship for credit will enroll in UCSC Summer Session, after they have completed the paperwork with their faculty sponsor.  The UCSC Summer Session office can answer questions about costs and enrollment procedures.;; 831-459-2524.  

Enrolling in UCSC Summer Session
Students can submit a completed and signed Petition for Individual Studies form (click here to download from the Office of the Registrar) to the Summer Session Office beginning May 1st.  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 2019 Summer Session**

Fees are $279 per unit.  Fee examples below:

2 units.....$558
5 units....$1,395
10 units…$2,790
15 units....$4,185

NOTE: Students eligible for financial aid should allow two to three weeks for the Summer Session Office to set up the Independent Field Study and the Financial Aid Office to process the financial aid award.  

Independent field studies students do not receive a summer sticker for ID Cards.  Students interested in purchasing a buss pass or campus parking permit for the summer should contact UCSC TAPS office:

Deadlines for Summer Independent Field Studies (2019)
     * Final day to enroll: July 26, Friday
    * Last day to drop and receive refundable fees: July 29, Monday
($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 5, 2019

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