Internships

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.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

CURRENT INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

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

GUEST RELATIONS INTERN | NOVEMBER 15, 2021 - JANUARY 21, 2022

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. 
Elements of the position include: 
  • Answer guest questions via phone and email
  • Welcome and check-in guests upon arrival
  • Serve as an on-going presence in our guests suite and at events
  • Track and input guest information in database
  • Help support the operations of the Guest and Industry Suite
  • Build guest welcome packets and bags
  • Provide support for all aspects of the Guest Relations department
Abilities required:
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Google drive
  • 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 able to work nights and weekends during the festival
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • This intern interfaces with over 500 guests, an outgoing demeanor is a plus

SPONSORSHIP & DEVELOPMENT INTERN | DECEMBER 1, 2021 - JANUARY 21, 2022

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
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Professional demeanor
  • Self-starter with ability to take direction
  • Strong proof reading skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Solicit and collect donations for Guest Bags and Hospitality Suite 

PRODUCTION INTERN | DECEMBER 1, 2021 - JANUARY 21, 2022

The Production Team is essential to a smooth operation of 6 theater venues, 2 guest hospitality spaces, and 3 annex office spaces. The production intern will assist in the and striking of venues, delivering and maintaining supplies, and ensuring festival spaces are neat and safe at all time. Reporting to the Production Manager, the intern will get insight into festival operations, event production, time management, coordination and team work.
Elements of the internship include:
  • Be on site for event deliveries of furniture, equipment, supplies, and publications as needed; distribute and stage where needed
  • Assist venue staff in setting tents, stanchions, and heaters according to location mapsAssist in the set-up and coordination of IT equipment at venues
  • Hang and place signage during festival set upMonitor sites to ensure festival spaces are neat, inviting, and safe
  • Deliver printed materials according to each departments requestsAssist in the staging of select special events including: Opening Night, Closing Night, Talking Pictures Presentations, red carpet arrivals and Awards Brunch
  • Organize storage spaces during and after festival
  • Pick-up and deliver catering as needed
  • Assist in the set-up and coordination of IT equipment at venuesLabel equipment and furniture to ensure it is returned to pre-festival spaces
  • Communicate with festival staff, festival participants, volunteers and festival goers regarding production needs
Abilities required:
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Ability to follow direction
  • Ability to prioritize and work efficiently
  • Comfortable in a production environment, outside & inside
  • Ability to be moving and standing on feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to work and cooperate with multiple team members and personalities
  • Can do attitude and strong work ethic
  • Ability to lift up 50 pounds
  • Available to work extended hours including early mornings, weekends, and evenings

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