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Each department has different qualifications. Please carefully review below all the departments available before selecting the one you feel best suits you. All Internships are unpaid, but have great benefits!  We also have a variety of internship opportunities available in our contract departments (to be posted in the Summer).

All internship applicants seeking course credit are required to provide proof of their internship requirements for school.

Do you have to be in school to participate? No – we have a variety of volunteer opportunities for those seeking experience!

  • An internship is any official or formal program that provides practical experience in an occupation or profession.  It is done in exchange for school credit (usually as a graduation requirement) from an accredited college or university.
  • We also have opportunities for the same positions to those who want to volunteer their time for the festival in exchange for credentials and to gain creditable experience in an occupation or profession in the film or event planning industry. If you are a student, recent graduate, or someone looking to change career paths you can participate in a volunteer capacity.

Internships consist of a regular weekly work schedule within a particular AFF department and are designed to expand participants professional knowledge and experience.

For questions about the internship and volunteer programs, or for more information on specific departments, please call 512-478-4795 or email

2015-Internship Application

How to apply

  1. Fill out an application (see link above).
  2. Attach a copy of your resume. Please submit all documents in PDF Format.
  3. Mail,  fax or deliver to:
    Austin Film Festival
    ATTN: Internship: *Department you wish to apply for*
    1801 Salina Street, Austin, TX 78702
    FAX: 512-478-6205

Applications will also be considered if sent by email. The subject line should read Internship: *department you wish to apply for*

For example – Internship: Marketing Intern

Please feel free to put more then one department in the space allotted.

Internship Opportunities


Job Description: Assistant to the Development Director. A typical day will include negotiating festival promotion for food trade with local restaurants, digging up any info you can on a potential sponsorship target, writing a marketing proposal for a local business, with time in there somewhere for vetting venues for one of our late night festival parties and updating our sponsorship database. Job Requirements: People skills and time management skills are a must. Intern must be comfortable on the phone and a creative writer. Requires the ability to give attention to detail. Marketing/Sales Background preferred, but not required. Contact: Director of Development, Allison Kindred


Job Description: Assistant to the Director of Young Filmmakers Program. Research (and contact) schools and various organizations through which we can increase public awareness of the YFP. Research various organizations through which we can get money/sponsorship for the YFP. Brainstorming and putting into practice ways to expand YFP (screenings, increasing publicity for competitions, etc.) Mailings for YFP and Membership. Brainstorming ways to expand membership. Job Requirements: Intern must be friendly, outgoing, patient, organized, and have an interest in working with kids!


Job Description: The Office Manager organizes and maintains the Austin Film Festival Office. The Office Manager’s interns will be involved in Event Planning and Project Coordination as well as maintaining the day to day activities of the office. The interns and apprentices in this department will assist in Membership management. Job duties entail: Assisting the Office Manager in answering the phones, creating and maintaining databases, creating and responding to email. Some other tasks included are assisting with film screenings around Austin, membership integration into events, completing out-of-office errands, and getting price quotes for different projects to be completed. Job Requirements: Must demonstrate friendliness and have good communication skills. Organizational skills and multi-tasking is a must! Requires the ability to give attention to detail. Exemplary phone etiquette required. Contact: Maria Pond, Office Manager


Job Description: The Operations Manager plans, assists, organizes and maintains all major Austin Film Festival projects and timelines. Duties include project coordination, creating deadline and priorities checklists, calendars and assisting in the implementation of daily tasks. Works closely with the Executive Assistant and Director in project planning. Job Requirements: Must demonstrate exemplary communication, organization, and note-taking skills. Must possess the ability to multi-task with self-management characteristics. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is preferred, but not required. Contact: Sonia Onescu, Operations Manager

MARKETING & PR - No longer accepting applications

Job Description: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting the Director of Marketing with research, grassroots efforts and internet marketing strategies.  This includes working with social media, flyer design, event promotion, etc.  Researching, compiling, and updating media lists, tracking media hits and archiving. During the Festival: Assisting with the Press Room, flyer distribution, red carpets, social media, and more. Skills Needed:

  • Timeliness, reliability and responsibility are key
  • Professional demeanor
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Comfortable on the phone
  • Creative Writing
  • Adobe Suite knowledge a plus, but not required

To apply: send resume and completed application form to Office Manager –

FILM DEPARTMENT - No longer accepting applications

Job Description: The Film Department at Austin Film Festival runs the film competition and programs all of the films that play during the Festival. This involves marketing the competition, screening the films, creating the film program, and working with and bringing in the filmmakers. In addition, the Film Department helps organize and market year-round events including advance screenings and the annual Audience Award Series. Film Department interns will contribute to all aspects of the department’s responsibilities, including marketing the film competition to increase entries, working with the Film Selection Committee to ensure films are being screened and evaluated properly, processing submissions and managing the submission database. These tasks will be coupled with a variety of different assignments including researching filmmakers, working and attending year-round events, helping with mail-outs, and watching films. Interns will be required to work a regular schedule within business hours (Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm), though we are flexible on the specific hours. A prospective intern should be comfortable with computers, especially Word and Excel, efficient, punctual, outgoing, and good with people. Job Requirements: We are looking for self-starters and problem-solvers who are interested in film and event planning and want to work with a nationally-renowned film festival at the ground level.  You will be watching film, thinking about film and interacting with filmmakers. Also you will be doing data entry.  And running errands.  But it will all be in the name of film. Please note: The Film Department is currently at capacity for interns/apprentices for the Spring Semester but are looking for applicants for the Summer!

Contact: Our Film Department at –


The Conference Department celebrates screenwriters’ contributions to film and television. Held during the first four days of the Festival, the Conference features panels and workshops that cover all aspects of the art, craft and business of screenwriting from the masters themselves – leading Hollywood writers, directors, producers, agents, managers and production company executives. Interns will assist the Creative Director in coordinating these numerous panels, including extensive research on incoming guests, potential speakers and topics, trends in the industry and ultimately playing a large role in the overall event preparation, management, and logistical organization. Job Requirements: People skills are a must. You must be able to juggle multiple projects, complete thorough tasks in short periods of time, and organize projects with a focus on prioritization and meticulousness. It is preferred that you have an interest in film and film-related events. Interns that take part in the execution of the Conference leading up to and throughout the Festival are expected to act as hosts for incoming speakers and registrants alike, manage high-stress/high-volume situations with ease, and oversee a team of volunteers to ensure as smooth of an event as possible.  Ideal candidates should have an equal interest in both event production and the film industry; a knowledge of screenwriters and independent film is preferred.

Contact: Conference Director, Erin Hallagan –


Job Description: Assists the Executive Director and the Executive Assistant with daily tasks. Duties include running errands, performing administrative tasks, marketing, and some PR work. Opportunity provided to gain event planning experience and learn the logistics of producing an annual film festival. 

Job Requirements: Seeking motivated individual with self-management characteristics and excellent organizational skills. Must possess ability to multi-task and have good communication skills. Experience in PR is preferred, but not required.

Contact: Executive Director Assistant, Katy Stewart –


PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting applicants for the Fall! Job Description: As a Screenplay Competition Director Intern you would help in the process of logging screenplays, developing databases, maintaining filing, and recruiting production companies for judging. Job Requirements: Skills must include: good people skills, attention to detail, and a willingness to work. A sense of humor is also a definite must. To apply, contact: Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director, Matt Dy –


Reports to: Production Manager Dates: June  – November, 2015 Hours: Hours will vary between 12-15hrs/week during the weeks leading up to and following the Festival. During the Festival (Thursday, October 29 – Thursday, November 5), most days will begin with the AFF morning staff meeting (7am) and conclude an hour after the last screening ends. Position Description: The Production Intern will support the Production Manager and sometimes the Theater Operations Coordinator in managing and coordinating all film venue logistics and presentation in order to create a positive festival experience for filmmakers and audiences during the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival. The position requires knowledge of film as a digital media, how to transfer it, as well as a general understanding of exhibition standards. The Production Intern will assist the Production Manager prior to the Festival in organizing all incoming media, updating tracking spreadsheets, and assisting with Quality Checks of selected films. Attention to detail and organizational skills, and ability to operate calmly under high pressure a must. During the festival, the Production Intern will travel with PM to various venues to assist with troubleshooting, theater management, and anything else needed to make each screening a success. Key Duties: -QCing exhibition file -Checking playlists -Traveling with PM during Festival -Attending Projectionist, Theater Manager and Filmmaker Liaison training -Conducting tech checks with Filmmakers during Festival Knowledge: – Film codec, transferring digital data – General idea of Digital Projection systems – Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 7, and VLC -Audio/visual input and output – Comfortable working with PCs and MS Office applications, especially Excel spreadsheets PRODUCTION INTERN POSITIONS: Assistant Production Manager (1-2): Assists PM with Filmmaker Registration by managing the Filmmaker Registration Binder and other tracking documents. Intern will be responsible for tracking incoming data from Filmmaker Packets, Badge Registration forms, and additional Filmmaker ticket and badge purchases. Intern will also be working registration table during the first few days of the Festival. Production Operations (2-3): Assists with handling incoming filmmaker materials including exhibition files (on hard drives), screeners, trailers & stills and other materials. Intern will test all incoming screeners and maintain organization of all materials received. All hard drives will need to be virus scanned, uploaded to computers, spot checked and prepared for QCers. Intern will also assist with computer setup, software installs, and projection logistics. Creating playlists for Festival, and attend tech checks and venue walk-throughs to have full understanding of tech operations during Festival.

SUMMER FILM CAMP INTERN - No longer accepting applications

Job Description: Assists the Director of the Young Filmmakers Program, Summer Camp Coordinator, and instructors during the Annual Summer Film Camp running from June 8-July  31. Summer Film Camp interns will need to commit between 15 to 18 hours a week during camp. Job Requirements:

  • Assisting the Summer Camp Coordinator with daily tasks such as:
    • Sign in/Sign out procedures
    • Pick up/Drop off procedures
    • Communication to parents
    • Delegating all snacks and water
  • Assisting Summer Camp instructors during classroom teaching
  • Previous experience with children is preferred, but not required
  • Must have an interest in working with kids & filmmaking
  • Must be organized, patient, and outgoing

Contact: Director of the Young Filmmakers Program


Job Description: Assists the Registration Director before and during the festival. Assists with registration database management, organizing registration and packet materials, and communicating with and fielding questions from festival attendees and updating records before, during, or after the festival. During the Festival: Interns will assist the Registration Director with managing registration and communicating with attendees as well as updating the Registration Director of any changes/daily issues that may occur.   Skills Needed: Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, especially Excel experience. FileMaker and Photoshop is preferred or at least some experience with any type of relational database. MUST be proficient at alphabetizing. MUST have customer service or sales experience, exemplary phone etiquette and be friendly and courteous. Works well under pressure. Dependable and responsible. Ability to follow instructions. Extremely detail oriented and organized. To apply, contact: Registration Director, Gabbi Lindgren


DEPARTMENT: Film Department HIRE DATES: ASAP – Friday, November 8 REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Theater Operations Manager WORKS WITH: Film Department Staff COMPENSATION: Film Badge dependent upon hours worked POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 3-5   MISSION/ENVIRONMENT: The Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who us the language of film and television to tell a story.   While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professional in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment. In such and environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must. POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Theater Operations Intern will support the Theater Operations Manager in managing and coordinating all film venue logistics, organizing all venue materials, and preparing Front of House requirements in order to create a positive festival experience for filmmakers and audiences during the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival. In addition to pre-festival preparation, this intern will travel with the Manager throughout the duration of the festival and act as an assistant during the event for troubleshooting, theater management, and any day of operations functions needed to make the festival a success. HOURS: Hours will vary between 12-15hrs per week leading up to and following the Festival. (We can discuss what hours work with applicant’s schedule, but a set schedule is preferred.) During the Festival (Thursday, October 29 – Thursday, November 5), most days will begin with the AFF morning staff meeting (7am) and conclude an hour after the last screening ends. REQUIREMENTS: Excellent time management Ability to communicate effectively in a straightforward manner and accept direction Responds to phone calls, texts, and emails promptly and professionally Comfortable working with PCs and Microsoft Office applications, especially Microsoft Word and Excel Knowledge of performance, theater, and or film venues (especially front of house) Excellent interpersonal skills Strong problem-solving skills Ability to handle stressful situations and act professionally at all times Great writing and editing skills in regards to grammar, spelling, and vocabulary Must be able to lift 25 lbs. TO APPLY: Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to:   Samantha Levine Theater Operations Manager


DEPARTMENT: Volunteer Department HIRE DATES: ASAP – Friday, November 8 REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Volunteer Coordinator WORKS WITH: All Department Staff  and Volunteers COMPENSATION: Badge dependent upon hours worked POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 1-2 Job Description: Assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator. Duties include assisting with volunteer orientation sessions, data entry in volunteer software system, running errands, and performing administrative tasks. Job Requirements: Attention to detail, excellent people skills and patience, ability to multi-task and adapt to quickly changing priorities. Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time, and lift 20 lbs. To Apply: Please send Cover Letter, Resume and References to: Cam Ray, Volunteer Coordinator at


POSITION:  Film Marketing Intern

DEPARTMENT:  Marketing & Film Department

HIRE DATES: ASAP – November 1st

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:  Film Marketing Coordinator

COMPENSATION: Austin Film Festival Producers Badge (Unpaid)


MISSION/ENVIRONMENT: Austin Film Festival is dedicated to championing the work of filmmakers & artists as well as providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation encouraging long lasting community partnerships.  While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professionally in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment.  In such an environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must.


OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION:  Works with the Film Marketing Coordinator to facilitate the overall marketing strategy for films shown during the festival. Also aids the organization of the Film Marketing Coordinator’s partnership and lead contact information. In addition to this, the Film Marketing Assistant records and assists with contacting filmmakers regarding the marketing of their films.


DUTIES & RESONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the Film Marketing Assistant/Intern include but are not limited to:

  • Works with Film Marketing Coordinator to assist managing marketing plan for each film on behalf of the festival
  • Facilitates partnership, lead, and filmmaker contact lists
  • Assists in creating flyers, dailies, and other marketing materials
  • Reporting contact list updates weekly
  • Providing exemplary customer service
  • Assist with promotional material distribution
  • Assist with digital media updates
  • Providing notes to assist wrap up and completion materials
  • Commitment to the AFF Mission Statement



  • Highly organized
  • Must have knowledge of social media outlets
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Extensive customer service experience
  • Timeliness, reliability and responsibility are key
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Access
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • Comfortable on the phone
  • Adobe Suite knowledge a plus, but not required
  • Photoshop and In Design experience is a plus


HOW TO APPLY: send resume and cover letter to 



Transportation Intern & Apprentice Job Description

Job Description: The Transportation Coordinator acts as the sole scheduler for all Festival vehicles. As the Transportation intern, you would assist the Transportation Coordinator in managing local transportation needs for the Festival based on guest travel accommodations, Conference needs, Audio/Visual needs, Festival Set-up and Break-down. Leading up to the festival, the Transportation Intern will work with the Transportation Coordinator to collect necessary documents from volunteer drivers, help answer emails, put together volunteer driver packets and attend at least one Volunteer Orientation. During the days of the festival, the Transportation Intern will help assist with the almost 24-hr schedule at the AFF Tech Center downtown, providing back up for the on-going needs of the volunteer drivers per the Transportation Coordinator specific instructions. The Transportation team works closely with the Travel Coordinator and the Volunteer Coordinator team.

Qualifications: Strong alphabetizing and organizational skills, phone and in-person people skills is imperative, ability to provide exemplary customer service, attention to detail and precision in your work. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, specifically Excel. Must have flexible schedule during the weeks of the festival (October 29 – November 5).

Preferred Qualifications (these are only necessary if the intern/apprentice will be driving in addition to other duties):

-Minimum: At least 25 years old
-Valid Driver’s License
-Current Proof of Insurance
-Clean, Type 2 or 3 Year Driving Record: You can pull this record from the Texas DPS Website-

HOW TO APPLY: send resume and cover letter to 


JOB DESCRIPTION:  Works with the Site Coordinator to ensure that all venues are prepared and set up for the festival.  This includes working with the staff of the Lone Emmy®-Award winning show On Story to ensure that panel rooms are set up for filming.  Site Interns will be expected to move quickly from venue to venue and will play an integral part in ensuring that the set up and break down of conference venues moves smoothly and quickly. Some of the responsibilities of the Site Intern include but are not limited to: Assisting the site coordinator in all preparation work leading up to the festival, taking inventory of all chairs and signage, set up and break down of film and conference venues, preparing a schedule of volunteers to help with set up and break down of venues, and transporting director’s chairs between venues within very tight time frame. 


JOB REQUIREMENTS: Must be highly organized, must be able to lift up to 25 lbs, excellent interpersonal skills, timeliness, reliability and responsibility are key, proficient in Microsoft Excel, and the ability to work under pressure with deadlines.

TO APPLY: Send resume and completed internship application form to Office Manager –