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Internships & Apprenticeships

QUALIFICATIONS

Each department has different qualifications. Please carefully review below all the jobs available before selecting the position you feel best suits you. All Internships and Apprenticeships are unpaid, but have great 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.
  • Apprentices volunteer their time for the festival in exchange for credentials and to gain creditable experience in an occupation or profession in the film industry. 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 info@austinfilmfestival.com.

Download 2014 Application

How to apply

  1. Fill out an application (see link above).
  2. Attach a copy of your resume. Please submit all documents in PDF Format.
  3. Mail,  fax or deliver to:
    Austin Film Festival
    ATTN: Internship/Apprenticeship: *Job Title you wish to apply for*
    1801 Salina Street, Austin, TX 78702
    FAX: 512-478-6205

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

DEVELOPMENT

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. Contact: Director of Development, Allison Frady

YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM

Job Description: Assistant to the Director of Young Filmmakers Program. 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!

OFFICE MANAGEMENT

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. Contact: Samantha Levine, Office Manager

OPERATIONS INTERN

Job Description: The Operations Manager plans, assists, organizes and maintains all major Austin Film Festival projects and timelines. Duties include project coordination, creating deadline and priorities checklists, calendars and assisting in the implementation of daily tasks. Works closely with the Executive Assistant and Director in project planning.

Job Requirements: Must demonstrate exemplary communication, organization, and note-taking skills. Must possess the ability to multi-task with self-management characteristics. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is preferred, but not required.

Contact: Sonia Onescu, Operations Manager

MARKETING & PR

Job Description: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting the Director of Marketing with research, grassroots efforts and internet marketing strategies.  This includes working with social media, flyer design, event promotion, etc.  Researching, compiling, and updating media lists, tracking media hits and archiving. During the Festival: Assisting with the Press Room, flyer distribution, red carpets, social media, and more.

Skills Needed:

  • Timeliness, reliability and responsibility are key
  • Professional demeanor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Comfortable on the phone
  • Creative Writing
  • Adobe Suite knowledge a plus, but not required

To apply: send resume and completed application form to Director of Marketing, Celina Guerrero – celina@austinfilmfestival.com

FILM DEPARTMENT

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, filmmakers. We also collaborate with the Marketing Department to market screenings to the public for both year-round-programming events and screenings during the festival.   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 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: Our Film Department at – programming@austinfilmfestival.com

CONFERENCE

The Conference Department celebrates screenwriters’ contributions to film and television. Held during the first four days of the Festival, the Conference features panels and workshops that cover all aspects of the art, craft and business of screenwriting from the masters themselves – leading Hollywood writers, directors, producers, agents, managers and production company executives. Interns will assist the Creative Director in coordinating these numerous panels, including extensive research on incoming guests, potential speakers and topics, trends in the industry and ultimately playing a large role in the overall event preparation, management, and logistical organization.

Job Requirements: People skills are a must. You must be able to juggle multiple projects, complete thorough tasks in short periods of time, and organize projects with a focus on prioritization and meticulousness. It is preferred that you have an interest in film and film-related events. Interns that take part in the execution of the Conference leading up to and throughout the Festival are expected to act as hosts for incoming speakers and registrants alike, manage high-stress/high-volume situations with ease, and oversee a team of volunteers to ensure as smooth of an event as possible.  Ideal candidates should have an equal interest in both event production and the film industry; a knowledge of screenwriters and independent film is preferred.

Please note: This department is full for the Fall Semester, we are only taking applications for the Spring Semester.

Contact: Conference Director, Erin Hallagan – erin@austinfilmfestival.com

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

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.

Contact: Executive Director Assistant, Linzy Beltran – linzy@austinfilmfestival.com

SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY

Job Description: 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.

Please note: This department is full for the Fall Semester, we are only taking applications for the Spring Semester.

To apply, contact: Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director, Matt Dy – matt@austinfilmfestival.com

OUTREACH DEPARTMENT

Job Duties:

  • The Austin Film Festival Outreach Coordination Internship Program allows interns to develop important skills applicable in a variety of fields. .
  • Students shadow management , as well as take on aspects of projects deemed appropriate by the departmental head.
  • Variety of tasks include, but not limited to, ,vendor and partnership reach out, venue management, event logistics and planning, membership integration into events.

General Knowledge, Skill and Ability:

  •  Requires bright and energetic applicants pursuing a career in a hospitality field or non-profit
  • Requires good communication skills to relate to staff, volunteers, festival guests and community partners.
  • Requires the ability to give attention to detail.
  • Own laptop provided preferred . Own transportation preferred.
  • Must be able to intern from 15-20 hours a week. (class credit requires 20 hours)

To apply, contact Outreach Coordinator Michelle Randolph Faires – michelle@austinfilmfestival.com