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Learn the day-in, day-out of planning a film festival with internship positions in programming, special events, marketing, development and community outreach, etc. Our internships begin various times throughout the year until November 2017.


The Internships run from whenever you begin until November 2017. All internships at the festival are unpaid internships and hours per week vary on the position. Most positions are part time until the Festival which is full time during the festival week.

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Operations Department

Office Assistant

This person needs to be organized, detailed oriented, good communication skills, able to use Word, Google Drive, Powerpoint, etc.


  • Answers or redirects phone calls and messages
  • Answers or redirects general email inquiries
  • Provides general office support
  • Supports year-round Festival events
  • Coordinate meetings and/or conference calls
  • Manage schedules

Ideal Majors: Business or Communications

Customer Service Assistant

This role requires someone who is customer friendly and willing to be patient to answer anyone’s questions.


  • Responds to customer inquiries online and by phone
  • Maintains Customer Service FAQs
  • Learns and operates online Box Office system.

Ideal Majors: Sales, Business, Retail Management, Communications

Volunteer Coordinator

This person needs to be a detailed oriented person that likes to work with others. This is a great role for someone who is interested in Human Resources or Organizational Development.


  • Communicates with Volunteers
  • Develops job duties for volunteers
  • Builds schedules
  • Schedules volunteers for activities
  • Monitors hours, and maintains volunteer records

Ideal Majors: Business Management, Organizational Development, or Human Resources

Event Management Coordinator

Under the direction of the Director of Engagement, Laura Harap, the intern will observe and assist with various projects assigned by the San Diego Int’l Film Festival Event Management department.

General responsibilities may include:
– Assisting with the planning and coordination of meetings and events
– Assisting with the creation of hard and soft copy files.
– Assisting in communications around event management including BEOs, production schedules, budgets, calendars, reports, diagrams
– Assisting with venue scouting, onsite event management, set-up and breakdown
– Working with volunteers on site for various events

Specific responsibilities:
Assisting with special events sales process
Observing client intake and event logistics
– Assisting in on-site event execution to include set up, break-down and AV support
– Assisting in providing customer service to San Diego Film Festival patrons
– Assisting with answering phones and transferring calls to appropriate staff

Intern will gain and/or improve upon his or her:
– General communication skills
– Understanding of inner workings of nonprofit organization
– Understanding and knowledge of executing Event Orders
– Client intake procedures and exceeding client expectations
– Logistical Support of Event Management
– Knowledge of conflict resolution and guest satisfaction
– Catering operating procedures and event execution
– Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization
– Understanding of special events and hospitality industry
– General customer service skills

Ideal Majors: Event Management, Public Relations

Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator

Work directly with the VP Corporate Sponsorships and with SDiFF management team to execute annual development plan/strategy to increase sponsorships for San Diego Int’l Film Festival main fundraising and awareness events.

– Identify and solicit individual, corporate and foundation sponsor prospects
– Maintain contact and relationships with sponsor prospects
– Renew current major sponsorships and encourage upgrading sponsorship levels when possible
– Assemble sponsorships materials, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations
– Ensure prompt acknowledgement of sponsorships received
– Maintain calendar and meet deadlines for event sponsorships
– Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner
– Ensure that sponsors receive full benefits of sponsorship, including execution of all activations as laid out in sponsors agreements
– Report progress in sponsorship research, sponsorship inquiry and outcome to the VP Corporate Sponsorships
– Trained on Festival ticketing system to assist sponsor requests, changes, issues for all festival events

IT/Computer Systems Coordinator

This is for an enthusiastic, self-motivating IT intern looking to gain on the job experience. Needs to possess web developing skills and understands how computers and software can increase efficiency.


  • Sets up and supports equipment for Internet Box Office system on location
  • IT services at screening events
  • Office IT Support
  • Organization of IT needs and networking
  • Migrating documents from Microsoft Office to Microsoft Cloud

Ideal Majors: Computer Science, System Management, Information Technology

Programming Department

Programming Coordinator

Working in the Programming Department to ensure the filmmaking experience with the festival is the highest. This is a fast paced Department that is willing to step in and help in any capacity.


  • Assist in managing the Festival Screening Committee and meeting them to hand off screener copies to them
  • Soliciting films prior to the festival
  • Work with Director of Programming and Festival Producer to help notify winners after Jury announcement for respective sections
  • Assist in notifying all filmmakers of acceptance by the Festival
  • Coordinate programming meetings and conference calls
  • Assist in programming monthly film event
  • Coordinate all film materials before, during and after the festival
  • Assuring festival exhibition copy arrives on time and is returned promptly to the correct address

Ideal Majors: Business, Communications, Film

Fllmmaker Liaison

Working in the Programming Department to ensure the filmmaking experience with the festival is the highest. This is a fast paced Department that is willing to step in and help in any capacity.


  • Coordinate programming meetings and conference calls
  • Assist in programming monthly film event
  • Assist with General promotions related to programming
  • Assist with writing and organizing program content
  • Working to solicit films prior to the festival
  • The Filmmaker Liaison is the primary conduit between the foundation and the filmmaker prior to the festival
  • The Filmmaker Liaison will insure that the filmmaker’s needs are met and that all terms agreed to are delivered in a timely manner
  • Working with filmmaker to insure all promotional materials are distributed fairly in the theater lobby
  • Meeting the filmmaker during the festival to insure they are having an excellent experience and are pleased with the exposure

Ideal Majors: Business, Communications, Film


Working in the Programming Department.


  • Attending festival events/fundraisers to shoot B-Roll and interviews
  • Edit web videos and social clips
  • Organize Youtube/Vimeo pages

Ideal Majors: Film, Video

Marketing Department

Marketing Assistant

Looking for a qualified intern to join our marketing team. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing. and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns. Needs to be: organized, detailed oriented, communication, willingness to write, able to use Microsoft Office and mailing systems.


  • Assist Marketing Department with daily tasks
  • Maintain marketing collateral inventory
  • Maintain client information database
  • Obtain and select post event photos to be used in pr, eblasts, website and Social Media
  • Analyze event sales by viewing Ticketsocket data
  • Develop a clear understanding of official SDFF website
  • Check for dead links
  • Prepare presentations
  • Review Website for old content
  • Enter or update SDFF details in Google, etc …

Ideal Majors: Marketing, sales, Advertising, Business, Computer Science, Language

Graphic Design Assistant

Graphic Design Assistant duties will include the following assisting the Marketing Department. Abilities include: organized, detailed oriented, communication, graphic design skills, able to use Photoshop, InDesign, etc.


  • Graphic Assistance with VIP event planning
  • Assist with Graphic Design event day activities
  • Design of new ideas and new looks

Social Media

Forward-thinking, fast paced company looking to hire an intern with strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media websites. The intern hired for this position will need strong critical thinking skills in order to integrate into our vibrant and passionate team who are very excited to share this exciting launch with an intern hoping to gain a ton of great online experience.


  • Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter and more
  • Website and social media optimization
  • Keyword analysis
  • Cost/benefit analysis

Ideal Majors: Marketing, Business, Communications

Internship Quotes

“There’s no better way to thrust oneself into the world of film festivals and independent film than interning at an amazing film festival like SDiFF. My experience as Program Coordinator was a joy as I worked with filmmakers and film lovers for months leading up to the grand show of the festival. I learned more than I could’ve imagined, had way more fun than I expected, and worked with the best people possible. I’m very thankful for my experience with the SDiFF.”

“As a student in business and management coming from France, working for the San Diego Film Festival has proved to be the best way to acquire skills in the cinema industry. Surrounded by passionate professionals, before, after and during the festival, being a part of the production department has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I would recommend it to anyone that believes in the power of cinema or, just, in the American dream.”

“My internship with SDiFF was the perfect way to jumpstart my career! The festival gave me an inside look at the film industry and how different departments work and which one really sparked my interest. They gave me the chance to shine by giving me a good amount of responsibility, all while helping me make future connections. The staff is always there to help and guide you. It’s so great learning about the industry, from people who love it just as much!”