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INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN INTERN FOR THE SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL?

We sure are interested in you!

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 2018. You must be 18 years or older to apply. 21 years or older internships for certain departments.  In order to receive college credit, resume credit or job credit you must hold the internship position for 4 or more months. Some internships are longer depending on the department.  

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The Internships run from whenever you begin until November 2018. 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 1-2 weeks before festival week and during the festival week. You must be 18 years or older to apply. 21 years or older internships for certain departments. In order to receive college credit, resume credit or job credit you must hold the internship position for 4 or more months. Some internships are longer depending on the department.

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Operations Internships

Office Assistant

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Responsibility:

  • 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

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.

Responsibility:

  • 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

Box Office/ Accounting Coordinator

The Box Office Attendant will be responsible for providing a high level of customer service related to ticketing at the box office or ticket resolution areas.

• Assists with conducting trainings and providing support to the box office ticket agents and volunteers.
• Balances all cash drawers at the end of each shift and at the end of each day.
• Double-checks and signs off on each ticket agent’s reconciliation sheet.
• Ensures ticket agents make daily bank deposits in the safe and record deposits.

Events Internship

Events Management Coordiantor

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.

Event Planning / Fundraising Coordinator

Fundraising/Event Planning Intern will complete development and marketing related tasks, such as donor communications, sponsor and grant requests, event marketing for fundraising events, and online fundraising. The right candidate must be very outgoing, friendly, comfortable on the phone as well as passionate and knowledgable about mental health. This position requires a deep understanding of our organization and the ability to communicate that information articulately and answer questions about it over the phone and in person.

Programming/ Film Office Internships

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Videographer/Editor

Working in the Programming Department.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 Internships

Integrated Marketing Assistant

The San Diego International Film Festival is looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and organized Integrated Marketing Assistant Intern. If you are interested in an opportunity to build experience and learn about all aspects of marketing then this is the internship for you! From the strategy stages, to content development through a fully integrated plan of execution you will receive broad experience in all aspects of integrated marketing.

Areas of work will include: planning/strategy, content development, online programs, email, social media planning and execution, and opportunities to learn about media placement and strategy.
Apply if you love film and want to get real world experience making a difference with marketing and spreading the word about the San Diego Intl Film Festival!

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic & Friendly
  • Responsible & Organized
  • Detail Oriented
  • Able to communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Hard Working
  • Sense of Humor
  • lPassionate about marketing or film – or both!

Ideal Majors: Marketing, Sales, Advertising, Business, PR, Communications, Computer Science, Languages or Humanities

Graphic Design Assistant

The San Diego International Film Festival is looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and organized designer. If you love to design for both online and offline use and have fresh creative design ideas we’d love to meet with you!
You will have the opportunity to build your design and production skills across a variety of platforms. Including: web, email, social media, print and on-site.

Qualifications:

  • Design Portfolio – online or offline
  • Understanding of the principles of design
  • Ability to work in a variety of mediums
  • Understanding and experience in Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite or other comparable programs

Social Media Assistant

he San Diego International Film Festival is looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and organized Social Media Intern. If you love the internet and want to gain important experience as a social media marketer then this is the internship for you! You will have the opportunity to develop content, post and analyze data.

Qualifications

  • Experience & understanding of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
  • Willingness to learn how to develop a content calendar and produce content across a variety of social media platforms
  • Ability to collect and analyze data across platforms and work with Marketing Director to optimize content
  • Interest in developing and posting Video Content
  • Interest in understanding and analyzing digital audiences

Ideal Majors: Marketing, Business, Communications, Advertising, PR

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.”
– JONATHAN

“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.”
– JEANNE

“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!”
– MAX