The Carsey-Wolf Center’s Internship Scholarship Program provides UCSB students with funding to pursue internships (either paid or unpaid) in media industries. Up to $2500 in funding is available during the summer or the academic year to help defray the costs of interns’ living expenses. Funding may be granted to students currently enrolled at UCSB or to UCSB graduates in the year following their graduation. This highly competitive program is designed to provide talented and motivated students with financial assistance in exploring careers in media.


Summer 2024: applications due May 15, 2024

Fall 2024: applications due by August 15, 2024

Winter 2025: applications due November 15, 2024

Spring 2025: applications due February 15, 2025

Application procedure

Applicants should submit the following materials by the deadlines above using this form:

  • a letter of intent describing your internship and its value for your career goals. If you have already secured an internship, please describe it. If you have not yet secured an internship, please provide details regarding the internship or internships for which you have applied. Funding may be awarded provisionally, conditional on a formal offer of employment received after the application deadline; see below for more details.
  • a resume
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a letter of recommendation from a UCSB faculty member (may be emailed directly to Emily Zinn at at the faculty member’s discretion or submitted with the application)

Please note that if you do not yet have an internship offer in hand, you may still submit an application for funds. If you are submitting before your position has been confirmed, please include details regarding the prospective position (job description, information about the employer, hours of the internship) along with your other application materials. Once your position is confirmed, you must provide a letter from your employer confirming your hire. No funds will be transferred until this letter is received by the Center.

This award is not intended to support internships at UCSB; students should arrange for internships outside the University.

Applicants will be interviewed and applications adjudicated by members of the Carsey-Wolf Center staff.  Recipients will be featured on the Carsey-Wolf Center website, and will be required to submit a final report detailing their internship experience. Funds will be deposited directly into scholarship recipients’ BARC accounts, which will remain active for a year following graduation from UCSB. Recipients should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine any potential impacts on their aid packages before funds are deposited.

Please contact Carsey-Wolf Center associate director Emily Zinn at with any questions about this program.

Carsey-Wolf Center Internship Scholarship Recipients

Summer 2023:

Riley Burke, Communication and Professional Writing, HBOMax

Summer 2022:

Liliana Linan, Communication and Film and Media Studies, NBC Universal

Anika Walia, Communication, NBC Universal

Summer 2019:

Elizabeth Cook, Film and Media Studies and Feminist Studies major, Partizan Production Intern