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Department of Communication Studies
London Media/Performance Internship/Study

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General Information Selection Process Application Form Contact Information
 

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Work as interns and study film, television and live performance in London, England.

London, England, Media & Performance Internship
Summer 2004
Important Information:

Directors
Dr. Gorham Kindem, Media Studies

Dr. Paul Ferguson, Performance Studies

 

Credit Hours at UNC-CH
1-3 credit hours for Internship
3 credit hours for British Media or Performance Studies Course
Internship contract must be completed and aproved prior to internship.
If accepted, pick up contract from Maya Rosman in Bingham 114.

 

Time Frame and Schedule
First Summer Session
Internship and corse will be from May 16 to June 12, 2003. The directors recommend that you come at least two days early to overcome jetlag and become acclimated to living in London.

 
Pay
All internships are unpaid.

 

Program Costs
The cost of the program, which includes housing, course lectures, London bus/tue pass, and occasional meals is $3095. This does not include the cost of roundtrip U.S.-London airfare, food, entertainment, and personal travel in Europe.

Payment Schedule
After notification of acceptance into the program, a $600 deposit and the Summer School Application are due at the Summer School Office by 4:00pm on Friday, January 16, 2004. The remaining balance is due March 19, 2004. Checks should be made payable to UNC-CH.
The Summer School Office is located at 134 E. Franklin Street.

Housing
London flats are centrally located in the Bloomsbury district of Central London, not far from the British Museum and the University of London.

 

Recommended Reading Material
Culture Shock! Britain, A Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Terry Tan, Graphic Arts Center Publishing, 2002. (allbookstores.com)

 

London Internship Goals
The London Internship program is one month of intensive study and work in each student's field of interest. The internship provides students the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom and to integrate theory and practice in ways that are meaningful to their career goals. Students work in state-of-the-art media and performance facilities and both observe and participate in decision-making within media and performance industries. The program is intended to be a complete immersion in the British Media and Performance Industries as students develop practical skills at their internships and then learn from renowned artists and industry professionals during the course in the evening. In addition to the knowledge gained from the internships and the course, students also learn from their fellow interns. Because students live with one another during the month-long internships, they are able to learn from one another and make contacts that might not be possible from a single internship. In the past, such contacts through the internship program have helped students to obtain full-time positions in the U.S. after graduation based in part upon their international experiences.

 

Internship Duties
The duties for interns vary according to their specific internship, but generally in media the areas of work include television research and writing, television/film production, screenwriting, publicity, and management and in performance the work locations include West End and fringe London theatres and other live performance venues. The 2004 London Interns may be engaged in some of the following activities during their internships: research and writing for British documentaries, screenwriting, video and audio production, editing and post-production, publicity, new media technologies, tech crews, assisting live perforamnce producers, directors, actors, etc. Typically, student interns are involved not only in the technical aspects of the media and/or performance industries, but also in research, writing, and the decision-making process. After students are given a general overview of the studio, corporation, or theater, they typically work in a specific capacity on a specific project or performance.

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Selection Process for the Interns
September
London Internship Program is publicized and meetings are conducted for interested student applicants.

October 1st at 5:30pm in Bingham 103
Interest Meeting for London and Hollywood Internship Programs
Meet past participants. Reception to follow.

October 15 by 4:30pm - Application DEADLINE
Student Applications are submitted (2 hard copies) to Maya Rosman in Bingham 114.
Sign up for Interviews with Gorham Kindem and Paul Ferguson.

Applications should include 2 hard copies of:

a completed Application Form (download from Application Materials section) including internship preferences and discussion of relevant skills
a Resume (Note that this should be a general resume for job applications. It will be submitted to prospective companies and internship coordinators in London.)
Personal Statement of Purpose: a 1-2 page essay
an Official Academic Transcript (only one copy of transcript is needed) from the Registrar's Office
a list of Relevant Research or Creative Work completed, (e.g., videotape, audiotape, documentary film, screenplay, publicity campaign, etc., reasearch article, paper, which could be mailed to the program directors at a later date upon request).
a Financial Statement should be provided on a separate page, typed or handwritten, stating your financial needs concerning your ability and willingness to pay costs of your participation in this program if you are selected.
Students are selected on the basis of their performance in academic coursework, relevant work experience, extracurricular activities, and personal motivation to work in the British Media or Performance Industries. Some preference is given to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students.

November 3rd and 4th
Interviews with Gorham Kindem and Paul Ferguson in Room 315 Bingham Hall.

January
Student interns are selected (approximately 15-18 students).

January - March
Student interns are placed in appropriate internships, based on intern preferences, educational coursework and work experience.

April - May
Student interns are assigned reading materials to provide background on the British Media and Performance Industries. Interns should be making travel and accommodation preparations.

May
London Internships begin.

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Application Materials
Application Form - Download as a Word.
Please type your responses and turn the Application Form in to Maya Rosman in Bingham 114 by 4:30 pm.

Included below are examples of excellent resumes.

These are only a few suggested styles. Be sure to include in your resume student or independent films you have worked on and/or scripts you have written.

Download as a Word Document.

Sample Resume 1

Sample Resume 2

Sample Resume 3

 

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Contact Information
For further information on features and details:

Professor G.A. Kindem
CB# 3285, 315 Bingham Hall
(919) 962-4960
kindemg@email.unc.edu
 Professor P.H. Ferguson
CB# 3285, 310 Bingham Hall
(919) 962-4941

 

For further information on application, payments or other administrative procedures:

Maya Rosman
CB#3285, 114 Bingham Hall
(919) 962-4981
mrosman@unc.edu
 Summer School
CB#3340, 134 E. Franklin St., Room 200
(919) 966-4364
summer_school@unc.edu