Internships

Internships

The Palm Springs International Film Society is always looking for talented interns who want to learn more about film, communications, event planning, and business management.

The Film Society offers a comprehensive program in which interns gain skills in their chosen field, learn the workings of a non-profit organization, and experience how a film festival operates from the inside. We are proud to host a new cohort of interns each season to learn about and contribute to the process of putting on two major international film festivals and other year-round programming.  Internships offer a stipend upon completion.

CURRENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST 2018


PROGRAMMING INTERN | March 19, 2018-June 29, 2018
This position is for an individual highly interested in film, filmmaking, production, and/or programming.  Working with the programming team, the intern will assist with administrative tasks and on-site programming responsibilities including Q&As, program intros, cooresponding with filmmakers, and pre-screening submissions. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into festival programming, film review, managing content, film research, and the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the internship include:

  • Researching & summarizing film reviews of films under consideration
  • Inputting and checking film information in database (confirmation process for films invited to screen in the festival)
  • Inputting ballot tallies, coordinating with ballot counters and organizing and communicating results to programmers
  • Assist with assembling and requesting publicity materials from filmmakers and film suppliers both domestic and international
  • Researching & organizing information for social media
  • Conduct Introductions and Q&A sessions before and after film screenings as needed
  • Research and input film titles from international film festivals into the database
  • Organize and assist in management of the digital film library
  • Assist with website updates on film and program pages

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (June 19-25)
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Internet 
  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, self-motivated, and be able to work independently
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be able to have FUN and be a team player
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Preference will be given to those seeking academic credit

GUEST RELATIONS INTERN | May 21, 2018-June 29, 2018

This position is for an individual interested in working in the hospitality or public relations field. The intern will work directly with our Guest Relations Manager to ensure film guests arrive prepared, are informed of festival events and enjoy the experience. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into the guest services arena, maintaining guest information, communicating with 350+ guests effectively, knowledge of guest conflict resolution, guest satisfaction and the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the internship include:

  • Answer guest questions via phone and email
  • Welcome filmmaker and industry guests upon arrival
  • Serve as an on-going presence in the Filmmaker & Industry Lounge and at events
  • Input data and track guests in Filemaker Pro database
  • Help support the operations of the Filmmaker and Industry Lounge
  • Build guest welcome packets and gift bags
  • Provide support for all aspects of the Guest Relations department

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (June 19-25)
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Internet 
  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, flexible, self-motivated, solution driven and be able to work independently
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be able to have FUN and be a team player
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Preference will be given to those seeking academic credit

SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN | June 4, 2018 - June 29, 2018
The Special Events Intern will work alongside the Special Events Manager to plan and execute ShortFest special events including evening parties and filmmaker brunch and will provide a range of administrative and production support to the festival team. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into event planning arena, logistical support of special events, knowledge of conflict resolution and guest satisfaction and the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the position include:

  • Assisting in communications around event management including BEOs, timelines, calendars, reports, diagrams
  • Ensure correct sponsor signage is displayed for individual parties
  • Assist Special Events Manager with updating and maintaining alcohol delivery/tracking sheets, flow charts, volunteer schedules and guest lists for individual parties
  • Support the Special Events Manager in planning of event logistics
  • Organize and maintain alcohol inventory(if intern is over the age of 21) and bar merchandise for individual parties
  • Coordinate supply and production deliveries
  • Assisting with on-site event execution to include set up, break-down and AV support
  • Monitor Party RSVP email when needed
  • Assisting in providing customer service to party attendees and supporting volunteers

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (June 19-25)
  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be able to lift 30lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • Must be comfortable working outside
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, flexible, self-motivated, and solution driven
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Internet 
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be able to have FUN and be a team player

PRODUCTION INTERN | June 4, 2018 - June 29, 2018
This internship is for an individual who is interested in working in operations or event production. The individual will work with the Operations Manager and production team members on administrative and production tasks. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into production operations, logistical support of multiple venues, knowledge of conflict resolution and inventory and the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the position include:

  • Set-up and break down of host hotel and theater event spaces
  • Monitor supply inventories
  • Set and strike signage and step & repeats
  • IT set-up and strike of 40 computers & printers
  • Be on-site for delivieries and pick-ups
  • Troubleshoot and reply to staff production requests
  • Organize storage and office spaces
  • Ballot collection

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (June 19-25)
  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • Must be comfortable working outside
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, flexible, self-motivated, and solution driven
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Internet 
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be able to have FUN and be a team player

DEVELOPMENT INTERN | April 30, 2018-June 29, 2018
Individuals should be motivated and detail oriented with a strong interest in film and fundraising. Individuals will work closely with the manager and members of the development team to aid in the overall sponsorship and fundraising process. This internship is a great chance to learn about and participate in the sponsorship process and the inner workings of a film festival.

Elements of the internship include:

  • Researching grant opportunities
  • Preparing the Ticket Packages for Sponsors
  • Data entry and verification for all Sponsors
  • Solicit and collect donations for Guest Bags and Hospitality Suite  

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (Jan 2-15)
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Professional demeanor
  • Self-starter with ability to take direction
  • Strong proof reading skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN | May 21, 2018 - June 29, 2018
The Social Media Intern will support the Social Media Coordinator and Marketing team with all aspects of the festival's social media marketing, promotions and advertising. The team will focus on promoting a consistent message, coordinating image and marketing campaigns that connect and inform potential filmgoers, festival guests, and media outlets with festival information and events as well as promote films and filmmakers attending the festival.  The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into social media content creation, scheduling, design, and photography, as well as knowledge of the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the position include

  • Monitor company social media feeds
  • Monitor and post on social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more
  • Update Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts
  • Responds to posts or comments to bring value to user's interactions
  • Live tweet during festival events
  • Posts festival news and announcements in a timely manner using approved content
  • Post and interacts with local or relevant organizations and interest groups
  • Performs research to find articles, stories, resources, or other content that is relevant to our customer base and posts it to our social networks in a manner that invites conversation and interaction
  • Updates social media accounts with current and relevant photos, video, or other content from festival events

Abilities required

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Social Media Platforms
  • Ability to lead as well as follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, flexible, self-motivated, solution driven and be able to work independently
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends June 19-June 27
  • Must have a reliable vehicle o    Must be able to have FUN and be a team player
  • Interest in Marketing and/or Public Relations
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Preference will be given to those seeking academic credit

QUALIFICATIONS

We ask that our interns have a strong interest in the field they are pursuing, whether it is film, communications/marketing or event planning, and are able to commit to working at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, be computer proficient and a team player. 

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To apply, please email your resume and cover letter and be sure to include your department of interest in the subject heading (for example: "Marketing and Publicity Internship Applicant").

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Experiences

"Interning at the Palm Spring Film Festival I was able to get first-hand experience and learn the process of a festival from the beginning stages. The staff was wonderful to work with and I enjoyed all the networking opportunities. Overall, it really was a unique and amazing time." 
-Kelanie A., Programming Intern

"Interning with Special Events was an unforgettable, hands-on experience. Day or night I looked forward to the fun, fast paced environment interacting with a welcoming staff, volunteers, VIPs, talent and more. I dedicated many hardworking hours learning as much as possible along the way. I was excited when I was asked to return for the ShortFest 2013. I'm grateful for the opportunity and the knowledge I can carry with me in my future endeavors."
- Maria A., Special Events Intern 

"My very first internship was at PSIFF and I can't stress how much it's paid off for me and my career! Not only is it fun and educational, but you get to hobnob with the industry's elite. The internship is truly immeasurable in value!"
- Aaron C., PSIFF intern

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