The Bruin Development Academy (BDA) for Media & Entertainment will provide students with an opportunity to learn valuable knowledge from today’s industry leaders. Through six highly curated sessions, we will focus on strengthening students’ understanding and awareness of the variety of careers in the field of Media & Entertainment. Guest speakers and panelists are from an accomplished pool of alumni and friends who are invited to educate students about the industry landscape and share professional advice for success. 

Additionally, electives will be offered throughout the year in order to better address niches within Entertainment. These elective opportunities will range from company site visits (Paramount, Disney, Sony and UTA) to networking lunches and small-scale workshops.

Students are required to do the following to successfully complete the Academy:

  •  Attend and actively participate in all 6 sessions schedule for Thursday evening (2 each quarter)
  • Regularly communicate with their alumni coach and/or industry connections
  • Participate in 2 electives and complete small group projects as assigned

Academy Schedule

· Thursday, October 24th (6-8pm) – “The Industry”

· Thursday, November 7th (6-8pm) – “Life Cycle of Content”

· Thursday, January 23rd (6-8pm) – “Networking”

· Thursday, February 20th (6-8pm) – “The Bottom Line: Creativity and Profit” 

· Thursday, April 2nd (6-8pm) – “Inclusion in Hollywood”

· Thursday, April 16th (6-8pm)- “Future of Entertainment”

· Thursday, May 7th (6-8pm) – Networking Mixer with Entertainment Cabinet 

Desired Qualifications:

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Have completed at least 1 internship or have prior work experience 

Open to all Majors

Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 15th 

Application: Students will need to submit an application along with:


Answer Short Essay Question

Please answer 1 of the 3 questions below:

1.) Please identify a dream project within the industry that you would like to be a part of and why?

2.) Discuss an industry trend that you have been following? Why is this trend of interest to you?

3.) What do you believe to be the biggest challenge facing Entertainment?

UCLA Department of Economics Undergraduate Research Fellows Program for the 2019-2020 year
The UCLA Department of Economics is pleased to announce the third year of the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program is modeled after our popular Sharpe Fellows Program and will support talented undergraduates to work side-by-side with a professor on the professor’s research team.  Each student recipient will receive a stipend of $2,500 per quarter (up to a maximum of three quarters), professional development training, and the opportunity to present their findings at an event in May / June of the Spring quarter.  Details regarding funding are below.
 If selected for the program, students will be responsible for reaching out to faculty and securing a research project, with assistance from the vice chair. The research responsibilities will be dependent on the needs of the faculty member.
 Learn more about the program and talk to staff and faculty about the experience at an upcoming Informational Session.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Bunche 9383
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Bunche 9383


Frequently Asked Questions
1.       What is expected of the student?
Fellows are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week with a faculty member during the quarter and to present their work at a reception during the spring quarter and Undergraduate Research Week.  Students are expected to be professional and attend meetings with the faculty member at the appointed time and to be prepared for these meetings. They will be expected to meet deadlines and project timelines set out by the professor. Each fellow will be asked to meet as a cohort and undergo training to prepare for their final presentations. If the research fellow is not meeting the professor's expectations, they could be dismissed from the program.
2.       How will I know with whom I will be working?
If selected, students will be able to contact any Economics faculty member with whom they are interested in working. Faculty will be given information about all fellows and will have the option of contacting students directly.  The Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Economics will help facilitate matches should the fellow be unable to find a match themselves.
3.       What are the application requirements for this Program?
The application requirements include success as a student, a demonstrated interest for research, and a passion in economics. Each applicant must be a full-time UCLA student enrolled for the entire academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters). Extension students are not eligible for this program.  In order to be selected for this program – the student should have a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and must have already completed Econ 101. Completion of Econ 103/Econ 103L is not required but is strongly preferred.  We encourage students from the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2020 to apply.  The required materials to upload are listed on the application. You will be able to access the application and “Save for Later” through October 15. The application deadline is Monday, October 15,  2018 at 11:59 p.m.   

4.       What is the expected time commitment for this Program?
The time commitment expected is 10 hours per week for a minimum of two quarters. However, the exact hours and the distribution over weeks will ultimately be decided by your agreement with the faculty member you choose to work with and the demands of the project. There will be monthly cohort meetings with the other fellows will be required to attend.
5.       What kind of research will applicants be participating in with the professors?
The research responsibilities will be dependent on what the faculty needs.  Students may be working on analyzing data, constructing data sets, running regressions, creating graphs and charts, editing text, summarizing articles, etc.
6.       What would be the role of the student in the Program?
You would be an undergraduate research assistant. The specific responsibilities would depend on the project and the faculty member you choose to work with.
7.       When is the application due?
October 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  
8.       I am graduating at the end of the Winter 2020 quarter.  Am I eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, no.  In order to be selected for this Program – you must sign an agreement with Partnership UCLA indicating that you will be registered and enrolled full-time at UCLA for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
9.       May I choose a faculty member outside of the UCLA Department of Economics as my faculty mentor?
No. This program is for students who are interested in research with tenure track faculty in UCLA’s Department of Economics only. Tenure track faculty hold the titles Professor, Associate
10.       Do I have to be majoring in Economics to participate?
This program is open to all students regardless of major; however, priority is given to students majoring in Economics, Business Economics, and Mathematics / Economics.
11.    When will I hear if I have been selected for this Program?
UCLA Economics Research Fellows final round candidates will be notified by Friday, October 25 and final interviews will be conducted October 29 - 31.
12.   Who is sponsoring this program?
The UCLA Economics Research Fellows Program is sponsored by the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors.  The Department is grateful for their commitment to undergraduate education.


  • The required paperwork to issue the quarterly stipends will be submitted to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office in Murphy Hall.  Once the paperwork is processed, the recipient should receive the payment within 10-15 business days. The payment will first pay off any BruinBill balance, then refund the student the unused portion. International students may be charged taxes on the amount to be paid out. If the student has BruinDirect, and it is still in effect when the award is paid out, then the student will receive the award electronically. Otherwise, a paper check will be mailed to the student’s address filed with the university.
  • If the student is currently receiving financial aid from the university, the student MUST consult with his/her Financial Aid Counselor to determine if and how this award might affect his/her financial aid package for the year. For more information, visit:
  • If the student is an international student, he/she will need to fill out a form called GLACIER. The student must complete this form when he/she receives the email request. Otherwise, the Financial Aid Office will contact the student regarding the missing information. International students’ awards will not be processed until the GLACIER form is submitted and complete.  


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