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.


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. 



PROGRAMMING INTERN | October 16, 2017-January 19, 2018
Individuals should be motivated and detail oriented with a strong interest in film and programming. Individuals will work closely with the Director and members of the programming team to aid in the overall curation and operations process. This internship is a great chance to learn about and participate in the programming process and the inner workings of a film festival. An affection for cinema is keyt. 

Elements of the internship include:

  • Researching & summarizing film reviews of films under consideration
  • Procuring film publicity materials
  • Inputting and checking film information in database (confirmation forms)
  • Inputting ballot tallies, coordinating with ballot counters and organizing and communicating results to programmers
  • Researching & organizing information for social media (Twitter and Facebook)

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
  • A passion for film, particularily foreign cinema

GUEST RELATIONS INTERN | October 30, 2017-January 19, 2018
Guest Relations Interns are responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks to assist the Guest Relations Department with meeting the travel, accommodation and hospitality needs of our visiting filmmakers, industry guests, media professionals and other guests.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the internal operations of a festival, communicating with guests, and play an active role in organizing guest travel and accommodations.

Elements of the internship include:

  • Answer guest questions via phone and email
  • Welcome guests upon arrival
  • Serve as an on-going presence in our guests suite and at events
  • Track guests in Filemaker Pro and update guest information
  • Help support the operations of our Guest and Industry Suite
  • Work with production staff to support moving the GR offices to the Business Center
  • Gather office supplies and other necessities for Hospitality Suite 
  • Assemble individual welcome packets at the Guest Relations Business Center 
  • Provide support for all aspects of the Guest Relations department

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20hrs/week
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Must enjoy meeting and assisting guests and volunteers 
  • Excellent computer skills - experience with Filemaker Pro or database is a plus 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and be a self starter
  • Candidates should be able to work under strict deadlines

MARKETING INTERN | November 13, 2017-January 19, 2018
The marketing internship is for an individual with an interest in marketing and communications. This intern will work directly with the Marketing and Publicity Manager who oversees marketing and materials , print advertising , TV and radio, design, photography, publicity and more.

Elements of the internship include:

  • Participation in the planning and implementation of marketing utilizing social media outlets as a member of the social media team.
  • Research and gathering of information to facilitate target marketing efforts to specific interest groups. 
  • Fulfillment of requests from the media for materials including film links, photos and information concerning films that are screening in the Festival and general Festival information.
  • Gathering, processing and cataloguing print media coverage of the Festival to be archived electronically.
  • Preparation of materials to promote specific films or groups of films directed at specific interest groups and to disseminate those materials by email and printed material distribution.
  • Assist in the creation of flyers and other promotion materials as needed

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to commit to 20hrs/week
  • Detailed and creative
  • Candidates should have an interest in marketing and/or publicity
  • Excellent computer skills - experience with Adobe Creative Cloud a plus 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and be a self starter
  • Candidates should be able to work under strict deadlines


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").



"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