Internships

Internships

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.

Palm Springs International Film festival Internships

Interested candidates must commit to working at least 120 hours.  Most internships run November through January, some require a longer commitment. Palm Springs International Film festival runs January 2-13 and longer hours will be required on and around these dates.

We are currently looking for internship applicants for the programming department and will be accepting internship applicants for the other respective departments in the near future.

CURRENT INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

DEVELOPMENT INTERN |  November 1, 2019 - January 17 2020 

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

GUEST RELATIONS INTERN | November 1, 2019 - January 17 2020  

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

MARKETING INTERN | November 1, 2019 - January 17 2020  

The Marketing Intern will support the Communications Manager with all aspects of the festival's marketing, promotions and advertising functions, helping coordinate efforts in, but not limited to, print advertising, radio advertising, television advertising, community awareness, and target marketing.*We will begin interviews for this internship starting November 

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.
  • Maintain press clipping book, log in and keep track of all press materials
  • Assist in distribution of all posters, promotional materials, and print, radio and television ads/promotions.
  • Participate in social media campaigns and help update social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, daily
  • Field media requests for film/festival materials, film and filmmaker information
  • Help respond to press requests and distribute materials to media who request it
  • Review of web content and suggest updates as needed
  • Assist in the production of promotional materials as required


Abilities required:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Creative Cloud preferred
  • Experience dealing with confidential information
  • Excellent written, verbal communication skills and proof reading experience
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous experience in marketing or promotions preferred

PRODUCTION INTERN  | December 9, 2019 - January 17 2020

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 poundsAvailable to work extended hours including early mornings, weekends, and evenings January 1-January 14

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN | December 9, 2019 - January 17 2020  

The Social Media Intern will support the Social Media Coordinator and Marketing team with all aspects of the festival's social media marketing, promotions and advertising. The team will focus on promoting a consistent message, coordinating image and marketing campaigns that connect and inform potential filmgoers, festival guests, and media outlets with festival information and events as well as promote films and filmmakers attending the festival. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into social media content creation, scheduling, design, and photography, as well as knowledge of the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the position include:

  • Monitor company social media feeds
  • Monitor and post on social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more
  • Update Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 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

Abilities required:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Social Media Platforms
  • 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 willing to work nights and weekends 
  • Must have a reliable vehicle o Must be able to have FUN and be a team player
  • Interest in Marketing and/or Public Relations
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred


SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN | December 9, 2019 - January 17 2020  
The Special Events Intern will work alongside the Special Events Manager to plan and execute ShortFest special events including evening parties and filmmaker brunch and will provide a range of administrative and production support to the festival team. The Palm Springs International ShortFest will provide insight and practical experience into event planning arena, logistical support of special events, knowledge of conflict resolution and guest satisfaction and the day-to-day operations of a film festival.

Elements of the position include:

  • Assisting in communications around event management including BEOs, timelines, calendars, reports, diagrams
  • Ensure correct sponsor signage is displayed for individual parties
  • Assist Special Events Manager with updating and maintaining alcohol delivery/tracking sheets, flow charts, volunteer schedules and guest lists for individual parties
  • Support the Special Events Manager in planning of event logistics
  • Organize and maintain alcohol inventory(if intern is over the age of 21) and bar merchandise for individual parties
  • Coordinate supply and production deliveries
  • Assisting with on-site event execution to include set up, break-down and AV support
  • Monitor Party RSVP email when needed
  • Assisting in providing customer service to party attendees and supporting volunteers

Abilities required:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Intermediate computer processing skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Internet
  • 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
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be able to have FUN and be a team player
  • Interest in Special Events and/or Hospitality Industry
  • College coursework or comparable work experience preferred

QUALIFICATIONS

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. 

Experiences

"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

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