Internships

Internships

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, offers unpaid internships (minimum 3-months basis) for students and young professionals who are interested in acquiring hands-on experiences in the Chicago film community. Applicants must be of college level or higher; resumes are accepted throughout the year.

Assistant to Founder, CEO & President

This internship is designed to give insight into the direction of an international film festival. Interns act as Assistant to Festival Founder, CEO & President Michael Kutza, assisting him with all aspects of staging upcoming events and initiatives. Responsibilities include concept and marketing development, artistic integrity maintenance and overall Festival direction assistance. Flexible hours, at least 20 hours a week required.

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
  • Knowledge of Final Cut Studio desirable
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival or interest in film desirable.

Please email resume and cover letter to Managing Director Vivian Teng

Arts Administration

This internship is designed to give an intern experience in planning and coordinating Cinema/Chicago’s year-round events including the International Screenings Program (June-September) and the Chicago International Film Festival (October). Responsibilities include assisting with coordinating the International Screenings Program and with the Chicago International Film Festival’s special events, audience development and analysis, marketing and publicity. Flexible hours, at least 20 hours a week required.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Strong 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 email resume and cover letter to Managing Director Vivian Teng

Programming

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 include administrative assistance, professional correspondence with filmmakers and film contacts, database management and film evaluation. Flexible hours, at least 20 hours per week.

Skills & Qualifications

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

Please email resume and cover letter with your interest.

Development & Membership

This internship is designed to give interns experience working with the Development and Membership team to support the various efforts that go into raising funds that are necessary to execute Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs. Interns will gain insight into individual giving, grants, and member retention, acquisition, and relations efforts. This position will interface with the public, thus strong customer service skills are important. The Fall internship will include extensive work with members and donors, to ensure their Festival experience is exceptional. Flexible hours at least 20 hours a week. Responsibilities include assisting with Membership Program (member mailings and monthly film screenings) and assisting with the research of sponsorship for programs and events including the Chicago International Television Competition, CineYouth Festival, International Screenings Program and Chicago International Film Festival. Arts administration and related majors are best suited for this position.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Good research skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Foreign language ability desirable
  • Some familiarity with the Chicago International Film Festival desirable.

Please email resume and cover letter to info@chicagofilmfestival.com

Education Program

This internship is designed to give interns a hands-on experience programming, managing and evaluating Cinema/Chicago’s Education Program. Responsibilities include updating education databases, assisting in the development of film study guides and lesson plans, organizing mailings and coordinating specifics for events including the CineYouth Festival and Education Screening Program. Flexible hours at 2-3 days per week, 16 hours a week minimum.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Interest in media education
  • Background in education or film/media studies
  • Good communication skills – should be able to work in a very fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs

This internship position is filled through November 2017. Please email resume and cover letter to Education Manager Lauren Ponto for Winter/Spring 2018 Internship consideration.

Assistant to the Competitions Coordinator

This internship is designed to give interns insight into the programming department of a year-round arts organization. This position will assist the Competitions Coordinator with overseeing all entry databases and will assist with entry evaluation for both the Television Awards and the Film Festival. Responsibilities include administrative assistance with the coordination of the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards and entry coordination for the Chicago International Film Festival, management of entry databases and entry evaluation. Flexible hours starting at 15 hrs a week.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of film
  • Strong Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Flexible hours
  • Ability to work independently

Please email resume and cover letter with your interest.

Event Management

This internship is designed to give experience in event management for events staged by Cinema/Chicago. Intern works directly with event managers to organize and produce the special events/presentations/panels during the Festival. Responsibilities include coordinating budgets, timelines, liaising with special committees, mailing out promotional materials or invitations, acquiring adequate equipment, coordinating guest lists, providing on-site support. Flexible hours and start date, minimum 20 hours per week, more hours required during the Festival.

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 email resume and cover letter.

Marketing/Publicity

This internship is designed to give real-world experience in both the marketing and publicity of a nonprofit cultural organization. Intern works directly with Marketing and Media Relations Director and other staff members to assist in developing and securing community support for Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programming and the Festival. Responsibilities include assisting in the creation of marketing and press materials for distribution; creating social media content and monitoring social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); assisting with promotion of organization events; developing involvement opportunities for other cultural groups and organizations; updating and maintaining community, cultural, and media outreach lists. Flexible hours and start/end date, minimum 15 hours per week.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Must have some coursework in marketing and public relations
  • Adept in social media platforms
  • Detail oriented, with ability to work independently, on deadline
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; familiarity with Google Drive, WordPress
  • Strong familiarity with the Chicago area and the city’s various cultural groups and arts organizations
  • Familiarity with and affinity for the Chicago International Film Festival and/or independent film

Please email resume and cover letter to info@chicagofilmfestival.com

Writing & Editing (Chicago International Film Festival)

This internship is designed to give intern experience in writing and editing film descriptions for the 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 include assisting graphic designer and editor with creation of festival materials including schedule, program book, invitations, and speeches. August – November, minimum 20 hours per week, more hours required during 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 email resume and cover letter with your interest.