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Internships

Now accepting internship applications!

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the annual Chicago International Film Festival, offers on-going (unpaid) internships (minimum 3-months basis) for students and young professionals who are interested to acquire hands-on experiences through their internships. Applicants must be of college level or higher. Successful performance and completion of internship may lead to paid seasonal positions during the fall Festival season.


Programming Internships

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours, at least 20-40 hours a week. 

Content:

This internship is designed to give interns insight into programming for an international film festival. Interns will assist programmers overseeing feature-length narratives, documentaries, and short films with all aspects of the programming process. 

Responsibilities:

  • Programming administration assistance
  • Professional Correspondence
  • Database management
  • Film Evaluation


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of or background in film
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Access
  • Foreign language ability desirable


Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email 
info@chicagofilmfestival.com 


Assistant to Founder & Artistic Director (Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20-40 hours a week for Chicago International Film Festival, a nonprofit cultural organization.

Content:

This internship is designed to give interns insight into the workings of an international film festival. Interns will become one of Michael Kutza's assistants, helping him with all aspects required in the staging of upcoming events. 

Responsibilities:

  • Concept/Marketing development
  • Artistic integrity maintenance
  • Overall festival direction

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work under a deadline
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Access
  • Foreign language ability desirable
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival or interest in film desirable.

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email info@chicagofilmfestival.com


Webpage Production (Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20 hours a week working on the Chicago International Film Festival site before and during the Festival. August - November

Content:

This internship is designed to give intern experience in website maintenance for the annual Chicago International Film Festival website. Intern would work directly with both Festival staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with festival staff to update and modify current site

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills
  • Very detail oriented
  • Organized
  • Strong Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop or comparable web design applications
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival and the availability for more hours around Festival time is desirable.

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email info@chicagofilmfestival.com


Arts Administration (Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20 hours a week for Cinema/Chicago's year-round educational/membership programs and during the Chicago International Film Festival. Flexible start date.

Content:

This internship is designed to give intern experience working with Film Festival staff to put on the annual Chicago International Film Festival and to provide support for Festival staff. During off-Festival period, the intern will experience the administration and management aspects of the other cultural and educational programs that Cinema/Chicago presents.

Responsibilities:

  • Help with our Membership Program; member mailings, film screenings, maintain database.
  • Assist with the coordination of the Hugo TV Awards and Intercom competitions.
  • Provide support for Development and Marketing staff; compiling material needed for foundation grants, creating effective presentations of Festival materials for potential sponsors
  • Help the Educational Outreach Program with year-round activities CPS students.
  • Work with Festival staff to prepare for and present the Chicago International Film Festival.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under a deadline
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to use Microsoft word and Access
  • Foreign language ability desirable
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival desirable.

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email info@chicagofilmfestival.com


Event Management (Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20 hours a week, 3 days/week, minimum 3 months duration for Cinema/Chicago, a nonprofit cultural organization. Flexible start date.

Content:

This internship is designed to give intern experience in event management for all the special events staged by Cinema/Chicago on a year round basis. Intern would work directly with event managers to organize and produce the various events, namely: the Hugo TV Awards (April) honoring the best in television programming and commercials; the International Summer Screenings Program (May - September); the CineYouth Festival (May); the Summer Film Gala benefit (TBA);  and any other special events/presentations/panels during the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, October 11-25, 2012.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the different events managers or programmers in coordinating all aspects of each different event in putting together the budget, creating the timeline, liaisoning with special committees,  mailing out of any promotional materials or invitations, acquiring adequate equipment, coordinating guestlists, and finally producing the event and providing actual event on-site support.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Must have coursework and/or event planning experience.
  • Good communication/writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Access and Word comfortably
  • Extremely organized and responsible
  • Good problems solving ability

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email vteng@chicagofilmfestival.com


Marketing/Publicity (Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20 hours/week, 3 days/week and a minimum of 3 months for Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, a nonprofit cultural organization. Start anytime.

Content:

This internship is designed to give real-world experience in both marketing and promotion of a nonprofit cultural organization. Intern works directly with Cinema/Chicago's Marketing Manager and other staff members to assist in developing and securing community support for Cinema/Chicago events and the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, October 11-25, 2012.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Marketing Manager in preparing marketing and press materials for distribution.
  • Help to ensure that information on Cinema/Chicago's upcoming events and the Festival is available to all community centers, cultural institutions, consulates as well as all ethnic media around the city.
  • Help to create the most effective presentation of Festival materials and opportunities for potential involvement of other cultural groups and organizations.
  • Assist in arranging functions/events for the Festival that involve cultural groups and organizations.
  • Update and maintain community, cultural and media outreach lists.
  • Work with Festival Programmers to promote Festival films.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Must have some coursework in marketing and public relations.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work well under a deadline
  • Ability to use Access & Word programs comfortably
  • Foreign language ability desirable
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival or interest in film desirable.
  • Strong familiarity with the Chicago area and some of the various cultural groups and organizations here.

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email info@chicagofilmfestival.com


Writing & Editing (Chicago International Film Festival)

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at least 20 hours a week for Chicago International Film Festival, a nonprofit cultural organization. August - October.

Content:

This internship is designed to give intern experience in writing and editing film descriptions for the Annual Chicago International Film Festival Program Book and Schedule. Intern would work directly with graphic designer and head writer to create both a schedule (promotional writing), program book (magazine-style descriptions), event invitations and speeches in an exciting Festival environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist graphic designer and head writer with creation of festival materials. Including: schedule, program book, invitations, and speeches.
  • Work with festival staff to create best depiction of the festival.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to use both PC’s and Macintosh computers or willingness to learn.
  • Foreign language ability desirable.
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival desirable.

Please fax resume and cover letter to: 312.683.0122 or email info@chicagofilmfestival.com


Educational Outreach Internship

Unpaid Internship. Flexible hours at 2 to 3 days per week.

Content:

The Outreach Intern will assist in all aspects of Cinema/Chicago’s Outreach Program. The Education Program and the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students are the two major components of Educational Outreach. These programs have been developed to further our community’s understanding and appreciation of independent cinema from around the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning monthly meetings of Educational Advisory Committee and writing detailed meeting notes;
  • Updating database of Chicago-area educators;
  • Coordinating program for deaf and hard of hearing high school students;
  • Securing film screening rights and confirming speakers;
  • Assisting in the development of film study guides and lesson plans;
  • Organizing mass mailings;
  • Coordinating specifics for events - buses, screening rooms, equipment, etc.;
  • Going over field trip details with teachers;
  • Assisting Education Program Administrator with all aspects of the program.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in media education and preferred familiarity with Chicago Public School system;
  • Background in education or film/media studies;
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, hard-working and organized;
  • Good communication skills – should be able to work in a very fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access and Excel;
  • Candidates able to work 20-40 hours a week during Chicago International Film Festival are desirable.

Please fax cover letter and resume to 312.683.0122, attention Rebecca Fons, or email rfons@chicagofilmfestival.com.