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.

Our interns truly are the best and the brightest and go on to incredible careers in the world of cinema and other industries.


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. 



GUEST RELATIONS INTERN | December 5, 2016 - January 20, 2017

This position is for an individual with an interest in hospitality, guest relations, or public relations.  The Guest Relations intern will support the entire guest relations team with administrative functions before and during the festival.

Elements of the position include:

  • Data entry support
  • Updating guest itineraries
  • Greeting guests upon arrival at the guest business center
  • Tracking and editing guest photos for credentials
  • Processing guest credentials on-site as needed
  • Assist in development of welcome packet information
  • Coordinate assembly of guest welcome packet
  • Support general operations of Guest Suite and Business Center

MARKETING INTERN | November 14, 2016 - January 20, 2017

This position 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 (grass roots to international), print advertising - print, TV and radio, design, photography, publicity and more. 

Elements of the position include:

  • Track, collect and organize all press clippings on festival, make copies of individual film reviews and coverage for end-of-fest packages for filmmakers and distributors.
  • Participate in social media campaigns and help update social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, daily
  • Assist in distribution of all posters, promotional materials, and print, radio and television ads/promotions.
  • Field media requests for film/festival materials, film and filmmaker information 
  • Help respond to press requests and distribute materials to media who request it 
  • Daily review of web content and suggest updates as needed 
  • Assist in the production of promotional materials as required

PROGRAMMING INTERN | October 17, 2016 - January 17, 2017

This position is for an individual with an interest in film, programming, and operations. This intern will work directly with the Program Manager who oversees day to day programming operations.

Elements of the position include:

  • Researching & summarizing film reviews of films under consideration
  • Assist in the confirmation process of all films invited to the festival and enter confirmation information into the database 
  • Assist in the coordination of the Filmmakers Retreat at Sunnylands
  • Inputting ballot tallies, coordinatewith ballot counters, organize and communicate results to programmers
  • Assist with assembling and requesting publicity materials from filmmakers and film suppliers both domestic and international
  • Research & organize 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

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN | December 12, 2016 - January 20, 2017

The Social Media Intern will support the Social Media Coordinator and Marketing and Publicity Manager with all aspects of the festival's social media marketing, promotions and advertising.  Candidates should have an interest in communications, marketing, or publicity and enjoy interacting via social media platforms.

Elements of the position include:

  • Monitor company website social media feeds
  • Monitor and post on social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more
  • Updates Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 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
  • Helps produce original and engaging content for various platforms and website


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