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Bridges Fellowship

Bridges Fellowship

Dive deep into the filmmaking field with technical training, career counseling, an internship stipend, and internship placement support. Make connections between media-making and social justice while learning from artists and entrepreneurs.

Are you interested in learning about video production as a profession? The Bridges Fellowship is designed to help a diverse cohort of transitional-age youth (18-24 years old) learn strategies to successfully prepare for, challenge, and ultimately surmount the barriers to entering and staying in the media industry. Bridges Fellows will receive an immersive 10-week training in workplace literacy, career readiness, and communication skills while gaining experience in video pre-production, production, and post-production.

Fellows will:

  • Participate in a series of classes, workshops, and industry field trips over 2 ½ months
  • Build a network of creative peers and strengthen your professional community
  • Gain work experience through a 35-hour client project and receive $500 after completion
  • Present your work and experience at a culminating Symposium
  • Earn an industry recognized Producer/Editor Certificate


The Bridges Fellowship consists of 10 weeks of instruction. Attendance of at least 90% is required to stay enrolled in the program. Only apply to Bridges if you can commit to the schedule as outlined:

  • Spring Semester begins on February 12, 2019 and ends on April 25, 2019
  • Classes are from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 
  • Complete a client project by April 19 to present at the Bridges Symposium on April 25

If your schedule does not work with the current cohort schedule please ask us about options for independent study.

Independent Study: TechSF model. Complete five 8-hour classes, 3-5 career readiness trainings, find an internship and job placement to receive one of the following four fast track certificates: Editor, Producer/Editor, Design, or Digital Marketing. (Depends on class availability and student schedule)

For more information about independent study fast track certificate options visit:

Client Project

Fellows will create a video for a local community-based organization for a 35-hour client project experience. Fellows are expected to complete the 35 hours and then present their work and experience at the Symposium on April 25, 2018.


Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24 AND reside in San Francisco, CA. Applicants must be able to commit to all program components and dates. Twelve fellows will be selected.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 30 by 11:59 pm or before! We recommend applying early to ensure your spot. For questions, please contact us via email with “Bridges Application” in the subject line.


Applications for the fellowship will be available Tuesday, December 18th, 2019


Amber Pope, 2015 Bridges Fellow

I’m really passionate about social issues and that’s where I found common ground with the rest of my cohort.

Amber Pope
2015 Bridges Fellow

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