The Palm Springs International Film Society is looking for talented interns who want to learn more about film, communications, event planning, and business management for the upcoming 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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.



Internships with the Palm Springs International Film Society require a minimum commitment of 120 hours.  Start dates and work hours vary by department.


The programming department is responsible for the viewing, booking, and scheduling of all films to be screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The programming team is directly managed by the Artistic Director whose staff includes programmers, a programming manager, programming assistant, and programming intern. The programming team works closely with guest relations to ensure attending filmmakers and other guests are scheduled appropriately for travel, Q&A’s, and other special events. The programming assistant provides general administrative support to the programming team in all areas to ensure organization of information and smooth program operations.

Elements of the position 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 the management of the digital film library
  • Assist with website updates on film and program pages
  • Write a comprehensive final wrap report

Desired qualities:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (January 6-17, 2022)
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal 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