Internships

The Palm Springs International Film Society is accepting internship applications throughout the year for either The Palm Springs International Film Festival in January and The Palm Springs International ShortFest in June. We are interested in applicants who want to learn more about the film industry, 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 another year-round programming.  Internships offer a stipend upon completion.

The Palm Springs International Film Society is currently looking to fill internship positions for the upcoming 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. 

Programming Intern | November 1 - January 20

The programming department is responsible for the viewing, booking, and scheduling of all films to be screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The programming team is directly managed by the Artistic Director whose staff includes programmers, a programming manager, programming assistant, and programming intern. The programming team works closely with guest relations to ensure attending filmmakers and other guests are scheduled appropriately for travel, Q&A’s, and other special events.
The programming assistant provides general administrative support to the programming team in all areas to ensure organization of information and smooth program operations.

Elements of the position include:

  • Researching & summarizing film reviews of films under consideration
  • Inputting and checking film information in database (confirmation process for films invited to screen in the festival)
  • Inputting ballot tallies, coordinating with ballot counters and organizing and communicating results to programmers
  • Assist with assembling and requesting publicity materials from filmmakers and film suppliers both domestic and international
  • Researching & organizing 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 the management of the digital film library
  • Assist with website updates on film and program pages
  • Write a comprehensive final wrap report

Desired qualifications:

  • Must be able to commit to 20 hours/week | longer hours during festival (January 5-16, 2023)
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written, communication skills
  • 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 be able to work some nights and weekends
  • 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

Guest Relations Intern | November 7 - January 20

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

Development Intern | December 1 - January 20

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 Position 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 (January 5-16, 2023)
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Professional demeanor
  • Self-starter with ability to take direction
  • Strong proof reading skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel
Production Intern | December 26 - January 20
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 Film Festival 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 of 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 festival (January 5-16)
  • Ability to follow and execute instructions effectively
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • 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

CLICK HERE FOR AN INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CURRENT INTERNSHIPS

Please contact Zack Solomon, Membership & Education Manager:  Zack@psfilmfest.org

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