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

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 another year-round programming.  Internships offer a stipend upon completion.


OPEN INTERNSHIPS AND REQUIREMENTS:  All Internships require 120 hours.  Start and end dates vary by department.  Interns receive a stipend of $2,000.00 paid at the completion of the internship. 

FORUM INTERNSHIP | MAY 18, 2022 - JULY 1, 2022

In addition to the film programming at ShortFest, each year the Festival also brings together filmmakers and industry for the ShortFest Forum of panels, roundtables, and classes, covering a wide range of emerging trends and new practices in the global film community. This year the Forum will take place in person on June 24-26th. The Forum Producer and Coordinator are responsible for putting together the program of panels, talks, and interactive events to benefit attending festival filmmakers. The Forum intern provides general onsite support for Forum events and works closely with staff to ensure smooth execution of the program and a positive experience for all participants.

Elements of the position include:

  • Check in event participants and assist in managing the flow of the events, talks, and panels

  • General support and production help for event set-up and break-down as needed

  • Assist with answering questions from participants and distributing materials, credentials, programs, etc.

  • Interface directly with industry and filmmaker participants and connect them as needed

Desired qualifications

  • Must be able to commit to being able to be onsite during Forum dates (June 24-26, 2022)

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written, communication skills

  • Professionalism and ability to interface discreetly with high-profile executives and film guests

  • 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 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


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 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 deliveries 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 the festival (June 18-24)

  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively

  • Must be able to lift 40lbs and stand/walk for long periods

  • 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


Please contact Zack Solomon, Membership & Education Manager: