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India: Bollywood Film & Media
Mumbai, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: April,
Program Sponsor: International Internships LLC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May 2018 01/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
June 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
July 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
August 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
September 2018 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
October 2018 06/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
November 2018 07/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
December 2018 08/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Bollywood Film and Media

The program is an immersion into the Hindi Film industry and presents a life changing glimpse into the inner workings and logistics of film and the world of Indian cinema. Attend film shoots, meet with film professionals, visit post-production studios and work on a student project during the course of 4 weeks to learn about Bollywood first-hand!

Please note that there are multiple start dates each month.  After acceptance, we will determine the best start dates work best for you.



Informational lectures and meetings: 
Students have one-on-one meetings with directors, cameramen, scriptwriters, producers and actors. They get to interact with industry professionals in their own environment. This gives students an understanding of the processes and people involved in the making of a film; including production, direction, post production, finance and distribution.

Attend Shoots: Students spend a few days on a film set to get a behind-the-scenes view into the world of set designers, prop houses, casting directors, production executives, action directors, stunt masters, make-up artists, fashion designers, lighting men, spot boys, music directors and other cast and crew. Shoots include those of films, television and reality shows and sometimes ad films.

Post Production: Students also visit post production studios to see editing, color correction, visual effects, audio post and background music and song recordings.

Student Project: All students have to work on and submit a project. This project is designed in consultation with the Academic Director keeping in mind the student’s individual interest and skills. The project usually takes a week to ten days to complete and ensures that the student is not merely a passive observer but an active participant. This project will deepen the students learning and help them reflect on their 4 week experience.  
Student Project Requirements:  Students making a short film as their project must review the following:Camera:If you have your own camcorder / D.V. camera please feel free to bring it with you. Something small, simple that you are comfortable operating should be fine. If you need help, the onsite coordinator could arrange for you to hire one. The cost could be approx $30-$100/day depending on the model. The shooting time for a project is kept for maximum two days.Editing:The program will include 12 hours of editing time, including digitizing of two DV tapes of 90 minutes each. However, if the student requires more than this, they would have to bear the extra costs. We will arrange for a professional studio and editor for the project. In case the editing takes longer than the allotted time, the studio with editor cost is approx $8-$12 per hour to be borne by the student. Maximum two days are kept for the editing aspect of the project.

Please be advised that you will need to work on your project for at least one day a week for the first 3 weeks and full time during the last week. Maximum of two days would be allowed for shooting, 2 days for editing and final day will be reserved for screening, evaluation and feedback from the Academic Director. Students must adhere to the project deadlines.

Final certificate of completion:  Will only be given on the successful submission of the weekly reports and the final project.

Important Note:  The trips to film shoots, editing studios, post production are all observational in nature. Considering the limited time available the students would not be working on a live film set.  Hands on work for the students would be through the individual student's project, which is designed in consultation with our academic director. Based on the individual's interest, students can work on a script, a photo essay, a documentary or a short film (fiction or non-fiction).

dancing filmStudent Responsibilities
  1. It is compulsory for students to adhere to certain rules and regulations while enrolled in the program.
  2. These guidelines are designed keeping in mind the social and cultural context of the film industry in Mumbai. This will ensure effective communication and productive creative engagement between students and their mentors and colleagues on the program:
  3. Students will follow appropriate norms of behavior during their interactions with the local coordinator and industry personnel. They will interact in a professional manner; signs of familiarity or other public display of affection are frowned upon.
  4. The dress code is semi-formal and conservative without any display of skin.
  5. Student will follow the instructions issued by the person/team to which they are assigned with respect and to the fullest. The Indian work culture follows a system of hierarchy which must be respected and adhered to.
  6. Heated arguments, verbal exchange, abusive and foul language and racist comments will not be tolerated.
  7. If a student violates any of the above rules, his or her program may be terminated without prior notice and the course fee will not be refunded.

  • You will be met on arrival at Mumbai International Airport by our on-site coordinator.
  • From there you will be transported to your guesthouse.
  • The on-site coordinator will arrange all accommodations, meals and provide orientation on issues around diet, safety, transport, currency conversion, communication, travel, norms and culture.
  • Our coordinators will hold weekly meetings to monitor and evaluate the program and will provide 24 hour emergency support.
  • You will be assigned a mobile phone (with free unlimited incoming calls) for the duration of your stay. All-important phone numbers will have been pre-programmed along with a limited amount of airtime for emergencies. To make calls over and above the airtime included, you can purchase pre-paid phone cards at various locations locally. You will be required to sign a $100 release form in order to receive the cell phone. You will not be charged the $100 fee if the phone is returned in good working order to your program coordinator.


This Program is open to all levels of students and individuals with an interest in Films and Media

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  • Program Fee - 4 Weeks: $5,400   

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Program Inclusions
  • Predeparture orientation and support
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • Transportation from Mumbai to Program site (in case the program site is different from Mumbai)
  • Cultural adjustment, health and safety orientation.
  • Program orientation and overview by qualified program personnel (Program Director/Academic Director/Sr. Program Managers)
  • Local sim card on day of arrival
  • Shared accommodation at local guest houses. The accommodation at all program locations is secure, centrally located and basic but comfortable.
  • Most guest houses have power backup, hot water, modern amenities, internet access, television, a well equipped kitchen, day staff for cooking and cleaning.
  • Three meals a day: Indian vegetarian meals. We does not serve meat at guest houses for health and hygiene reasons. Often curries or breakfast might include eggs. Vegan meals can also be arranged on request.
  • Support during program activities and monitoring (Program activities are Monday to Friday. Weekends are free for students’ personal travel).
  • Weekly reviews of the program with qualified program personnel (Program Director/Program Manager/Academic Director). This includes reviews of the participants learning, contribution to placement organization, facilities, logistics and program content.
  • Help/support/certification in completing participant’s requirements for academic credit.
  • 24 Hour emergency support (7 days a week).
Additional Costs
  • Any overnight accommodation in Mumbai if your flight arrives before program date.
  • Daily local transportation. (Proper guidance will be provided to participants on how to use local transport systems.)
  • Air ticket to India, visa fees and any travel insurance will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Weekend and overnight excursions outside the program activities will have to be paid by the students directly.
  • Variable student project expenses are not included. These include
    • Equipment hire including cameras, lights, camera stands, grips, dollies etc. We  encourage students to bring their own cameras for this purpose. The project focuses on narrative, story and does not put too much emphasis on technique. Hence, simple DSLRs or HD cameras found on smartphones, tabs or automatic cameras can easily be used. 
    • Professional Talent.
    • Props, sets, costumes and any other shooting expenses
    • Location Hire. Mostly payable if shooting in studios or professional shoot locations
    • We provide 10-12 hours of editing time on a Final Cut Pro (FCP) with a trained editor/operator. Additional hours are billed at a nominal cost.
  • Expenses of personal nature like table drinks, fruits, juices, other snacks or personal preference meal items, mineral water, international telephone calls, or any other expenses which are not included in the above list, would be borne by the students. 
  • Airport Drop at the end of the program is not included in program cost. 
  • Visa Fees (mandatory for U.S. Citizens): $76
  • Academic Credits (optional): $650


"This internship definitely impacted me for the better! It has motivated me to pursue film production even more than before and has given me a whole new perspective to studying American popular culture." - Sarah Friedland  (Film made while on Bollywood program by Sarah Friedland.)

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