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General Degree Requirements

 University of Colorado, Boulder


Internship credit available through the Film Studies Program; the purpose of this course is to provide professional internship experiences with film, video, and new media production companies, governmental agencies and production units, audio recording studios, and new media industries.


Prerequisites: must be a BA or BFA Film Studies major with a CU GPA of at least 2.00 and upper-division standing (57 or more credit hours) and a FILM GPA of 3.00 .

Students may receive no more than 6 hours of internship credit in a single department.

Internship hours may not be awarded for work done previously.

Students should seek out their own internships with organizations that specialize in their area of interest.

Internships are a privilege. If department faculty determines that the student is not qualified for the proposed internship or if the internship seems unsuitable for academic credit this evaluation will be forwarded to the Director of Film Studies.

The guidelines established by Arts and Sciences for internships must be followed as well as the "Credit Internship Application" (see below).

This may be a paying internship if the Arts and Sciences guidelines are met.

Consent requirements and Application:

Please follow these steps when registering for Internship Credit:

  1. Find a faculty member who will agree to be your faculty sponsor (faculty sponsors must be those who regularly teach classes at the rank of “Instructor” or above).
  2. Print and completely fill out application form from the website. Fill out the internship contract information being careful to get the correct spelling, title and address of your employer and "workplace supervisor". (Students must work a minimum of 40 credit hours per semester for one credit hour, with a maximum of 3 credit hours per any one internship). Follow the application instructions and obtain all necessary signatures.
  3. Take the completed forms to your faculty supervisor. After discussing the details of your internship, have the faculty member sign the form.
  4. Take the internship contract to the Director of Film Studies for his/her signature.
  5. Be sure you are registered for credit before you start your internship.
  6. Course Required Deliverable: Final Internship Report
  7. Your Internship Report must consist of the following four items:
    • Cover Page: Name; Student ID Number; Dates of Internship; Company Name; Name of Supervisor; Company History, Structure/Organization and Mission/Purpose.
    • Journal: Keep a weekly journal of your work experience and work assignments.
    • Your Internship Evaluation: Your evaluation of the internship experience. This is a three-paged typed evaluation of your work experience.
    • Your Workplace Supervisor's Confidential written Final Evaluation of Your Performance, signed, on official company letterhead, and in a sealed envelope.

Faculty Sponsor Evaluation

All of these are due no later than last day of regular class for the semester in which the internship is taken. Based on the above components the faculty supervisor will assess if the student has successfully completed the internship. The faculty sponsor is looking for preface indicators such as workplace attendance, and the student work journal, the successful completion of assigned duties. If these materials are not returned to the faculty sponsor by the date (last day of regular classes for the term) the student will not receive credit for the internship.


Flaherty Film Seminar

The Flaherty/International Film Seminars, Inc. (IFS) is a New York based nonprofit organization established in 1960.  The Flaherty/IFS' mission is to nurture exploration, dialogue and introspection into the art and craft of the moving image.  Its central and defining activity is the annual presentation of The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, a unique forum that brings together more than 100 participants, including international media artists, critics, scholars, curators, librarians and students, into an intensive and retreat-like setting to view and discuss current and historic films and issues important to the independent media community.  For information on fellowships and internships, please or contact Patti Bruck at .

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