352. Hollywood, Health & Society, Los Angeles, CA

The Norman Lear Center is a research and public policy center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Our Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) program provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health, safety and security storylines. Our research team studies content and social impact of media and entertainment. We work on a variety of health and public interest issues.


Summer Project

The intern will ideally split their time between HH&S and the Lear Center’s research team.

  1. As part of HH&S, the intern’s primary project will likely be assisting with our fall 2020 Sentinel Awards event, a gala that recognizes exemplary achievements in TV storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. The intern will also likely work with our Transmedia Specialist to conduct social media tracking and outreach on various health- and safety-related campaigns. Experience with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is helpful. The intern may also assist with database maintenance, entertainment industry outreach, and other programmatic activities as appropriate.
  2. As part of the research team, the intern will support team members in conducting research studies on the content and impact of media and entertainment narratives. The specific project will be determined at a later date based on programmatic needs and the intern’s skills and experience, but may include a project on entertainment portrayals of health equity and social determinants of health and/or poverty.


  1. Sentinel Awards: Intern will assist with screening submitted entries, organizing judging rounds, and event planning.
  2. Social media: Intern will assist with posting relevant articles, research, facts and figures to support priority topics. Opportunity to create graphics or factoids to support various campaigns.
  3. Research: Depending on the intern’s experience, responsibilities may include conducting literature searches, document review, data analysis, data visualization, and/or contributing to trainings and events.


Enthusiasm about the power of media and entertainment to engage audiences and inspire social change. Familiarity with current TV and trends in popular media/entertainment. Background in public health or social science (communication, psychology, sociology) is desirable. Familiarity with health communication and/or entertainment education is strongly preferred.

Work Environment

Our office is relocating to a new space, an historic mansion walking distance USC’s main campus. The workplace is a casual and friendly atmosphere. We have a staff of approximately 20. There may be other interns (likely USC undergraduate or graduate students).


On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be about a 4.

Special Instructions

In your personal statement, please address the following questions: What interests you about the intersection between media/entertainment and social change? Are there particular public health and/or social issues that interest you?

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Other key terms: Social impact, media, entertainment