Spring 2018 Applications will be available in february 2018

The Pollock Theater Internship is a selective program offering industry-level hands-on experience in live television production and event planning. Over the course of the three quarter internship, students will focus on learning how to write, shoot, and direct Q&As, talk shows, news shows, and sitcoms. Interns also work night events where they will shoot live, multi-camera Q&As which air on the UCTV broadcast cable station and provide them with production credentials. The TV shows produced through this program have generated 13.8 million views on UCTV.

Using state-of-the-art broadcast and production equipment, interns are provided with the important skills and production credits to make the transition into the television industry. Some of our shows have included 12 Years A Slave with Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley, Whiplash with Oscar® nominated writer/director Damien Chazelle, Arrival with Oscar® nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, and VEEP with actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actor Tony Hale, and writer/executive producer David Mandel.

Pollock Theater Interns with VEEP guests Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and David Mandel


Fall Quarter Production

  • Operate Sony High-Definition FS700 cameras
  • Shoot Q&As
  • Shoot and host a talk show
  • Final Exam – moderate and direct a mock Q&A or talk show segment 



Winter Quarter Production

  • Operate Sony High-Definition FS700 cameras
  • Shoot Q&As
  • Produce and write a news show, serious and mock
  • Final Exam – collaborate in writing, shooting, and directing a mock or real news segment


Spring Quarter Production

  • Operate Sony High-Definition FS700 cameras
  • Shoot Q&As
  • Direct a single-camera TV show, drama or comedy
  • Direct a multi-camera sitcom scene
  • Final Exam – direct an existing sitcom or single-camera TV episode


For the Winter 2018 quarter, Pollock Theater interns will meet weekly on Fridays, 1:00pm to 4:30pm and must work nine evening events during the quarter. Interns are eligible to take the course for three quarters at 2 units each, and preference is given to students intending to complete all three quarter segments. Interns must meet a certain performance standard to be invited back for additional quarters.

Eligibility (No production experience necessary)

To apply, please submit the following materials to mryan@carseywolf.ucsb.edu

  • Pollock Internship Application Form 
  • A cover letter/statement of purpose (no more than 200 words)
  • An unofficial transcript of course work verifying at least a 3.0 GPA (Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Grad Students are welcome to apply)
  • A resumé
  • A strong desire to get hands-on production experience and some event planning
  • Student applications will be evaluated and selected students will be invited to interview