Internships & Apprenticeships
Each department has different qualifications. Please carefully review below all the jobs available before selected the position you feel best suits you. ALL INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS ARE NON-PAID, but have outstanding benefits! We also have a variety of internship and apprenticeship opportunities available in our contract departments (to be posted in the Summer).
All internship applicants are required to provide proof of their internship requirements for school.
What is the difference between an internship vs. an apprenticeship?
- An internship is any official or formal program that provides practical experience in an occupation or profession. It is done in exchange for school credit (usually as a graduation requirement) from an accredited college or university.
- An apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn a trade or gain experience in a desired field. An apprentice could be a student, recent graduate, or someone looking to change career paths.
Both internships and apprenticeships consist of a regular weekly work schedule within a particular AFF department and are designed to expand participants professional knowledge and experience. Apprenticeships, unlike internships, are not for official school credit.
For questions about the internship and apprenticeship programs, or for more information on specific departments, please call 512-478-4795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
- Fill out an application (see link above).
- Attach a copy of your resume. Please submit all documents in PDF Format.
- Mail, fax or deliver to:
Austin Film Festival
ATTN: Internship/Apprenticeship: *Job Title you wish to apply for*
1801 Salina Street, Austin, TX 78702
Applications will also be considered if sent by email. The subject line should read Internship/Apprenticeship: *job title you wish to apply for*
For example – Internship: Marketing Intern
Please feel free to put more then one job in the job title space.
Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities
Job Description: Assist Director of Marketing with research, grassroots marketing efforts, social media, event planning and promotion, website maintenance, film marketing strategies, media relations, design, and audience demographic analysis.
Job Requirements: Strong people skills, time management skills, and writing skills. Creative, professional, thorough, and detail-oriented. Communication/Marketing background a plus. Photoshop skills are a plus, but not required.
Job Description: Assistant to the Development Director. A typical day will include negotiating festival promotion for food trade with local restaurants, digging up any info you can on a potential sponsorship target, writing a marketing proposal for a local business, with time in there somewhere for vetting venues for one of our late night festival parties and updating our sponsorship database.
Job Requirements: People skills and time management skills are a must. Intern must be comfortable on the phone and a creative writer. Marketing/Sales Background preferred, but not required.
Job Description: The Film Department at Austin Film Festival is in charge of programming films for the festival, processing and handling entries in the film competition, checking films in and out to screeners, and helping to market AFF to students and filmmakers. Interns will be required to work a regular schedule within business hours (Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm). A prospective intern should be comfortable with computers, especially Word and Excel, efficient, punctual, outgoing, and good with people. There will be a variety of tasks which change weekly including helping with mail-outs, maintaining databases, coordinating and marketing advance screenings, and researching filmmakers and film websites.
Job Requirements: We are looking for a self-starter and a problem-solver who is interested in film and film-related events and wants to work with a nationally-renown film festival at the ground level. You will be watching film, thinking about film and interacting with filmmakers… Also you will be doing data entry. And running errands. But it will all be in the name of film.
Contact: Director of Programming, Bears Fonte
Job Description: Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition recognizes the work of the writer, opens doors, and creates a networking system for new writers to further their career within the industry. Industry professionals recognize the Austin Film Festival as a widely respected and popular writing competition, with representatives from agencies and production companies participating in the judging process. As a Screenplay Competition Director Intern you would help in the process of logging screenplays, developing databases, maintaining filing, and recruiting production companies for judging.
Job Requirements: Skills must include: good people skills, attention to detail, and a willingness to work. A sense of humor is also a definite must.
Job Description: Assistant to the Director of Young Filmmakers Program. Publicizing the AFF Summer Film Camp. Research (and contact) schools and various organizations through which we can increase public awareness of the YFP. Research various organizations through which we can get money/sponsorship for the YFP. Brainstorming and putting into practice ways to expand YFP (screenings, increasing publicity for competitions, etc.) Mailings for YFP and Membership. Brainstorming ways to expand membership.
Job Requirements: Intern must be friendly, outgoing, patient, organized, and have an interest in working with kids!
Job Description: The Conference Department celebrates writers’ contributions to film & television. During four days of panels, screenwriters & filmmakers network & learn the tricks of the trade — the art, craft & business of screenwriting & filmmaking – from the masters themselves, leading Hollywood writers, directors, producers, agents, managers and production company executives. Intern will assist the Conference Director in coordinating these numerous panels and arrange travel and accommodations for our distinguished guests.
Job Requirements: People skills are a must. You must be comfortable on the phone, able to multitask, and highly organized. It is preferred that you have an interest in film and film-related events. Examples of duties include: assisting in mail outs, arranging travel itineraries, putting together press packets, research contact information w/agencies and/or panelists, marketing, and overseeing volunteers during Conference.
Job Description: The Office Manager organizes and maintains the Austin Film Festival Office. The Office Manager’s interns will be involved in Event Planning and Project Coordination as well as maintaining the day to day activities of the office.
Job duties entail: Assisting the Office Manager in answering the phones, creating and maintaining databases, creating and responding to email. Some other tasks included are assisting with film screenings around Austin, completing out-of-office errands, and getting price quotes for different projects to be completed.
Job Requirements: Must demonstrate friendliness and have good communication skills. Organizational skills and multi-tasking is a must! Exemplary phone etiquette required.
Job Description: Assists the Executive Director and the Executive Assistant with daily tasks. Duties include running errands, performing administrative tasks, marketing, and some PR work. Opportunity provided to gain event planning experience and learn the logistics of producing an annual film festival.
Job Requirements: Seeking motivated individual with self-management characteristics and excellent organizational skills. Must possess ability to multi-task and have good communication skills. Experience in PR is preferred, but not required.
The On Story Editing Intern will assist in the post-production duties affiliated with the execution of On Story, an Austin Film Festival program currently running on PBS-KLRU. On Story Editing Interns will also assist the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant, and the On Story Producer with daily tasks pertaining to the editing of the show, as well as other short non-On Story editing assignments. Opportunity provided to gain experience in public television and to learn the post-production operations of producing a TV show.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the On Story Intern include, but are not limited to:
- Assembling rough cut sequences for the show
- Transcoding HD footage
- Media management of video and audio files
- Synching footage
- Exporting different codecs/quicktimes of sequences
- Making HDcam copies of episodes
- Delivering files for color correction and sound mixing
- Maintaining calendars and strict deadlines involving the show
- Assisting with communication with the PBS affiliate, KLRU
- Handle Confidential Information
- Must have Final Cut Pro experience
- Must have experience working on a Mac
- Experience with Compressor, Photoshop a plus
- Must demonstrate friendliness
- Have outstanding communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Multi-tasking is a must!
Assistant to the Director of Youth Education.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the Young Filmmaker’s Intern include, but are not limited to:
- • Update Registration Daily
- Maintain Filing and Organization for Camp
- Communicate with Marketing Department on a weekly basis.
- Assist Camp Coordinator and Camp Director during camp.
- Assist Camp Instructors in supervising students and equipment use.
- Maintain up-to-date communication
- with parents of registered students.
- Update or create forms and document needed for camp and registration.
- Assist with running the Summer Film Camp Showcase
- Mailings for YFP and Membership. Brainstorming ways to expand membership.
- Publicizing the AFF Summer Film Camp
- Research (and contact) schools and various organizations through which we can increase public awareness of the YFP.
- Assist Director of Youth Education with both Summer Film Camp and Outreach programs
- Must be friendly
- Have an interest in working with kids!