Festival Positions for 2018 Season


The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival is always in search of motivated interns. If you would like to intern with us in future seasons, please see our Festival committees described below.

We will start accepting applications for the 2018 season July, 2017

Interested applicants, please send your resume as well as any other requested portfolio samples to the Festival Director, Jolanta Lion at jola@andrew.cmu.edu.


Applicants should be able to dedicate flexible hours each week to Film Festival responsibilities and experiences, with extended hours 3-4 weeks before the Festival begins and during the Festival season in the Spring.


For interns, the CMU IFF is a great opportunity to broaden your work skills, heighten your existing talents, and build new ones, as you also broaden your network of connections both here in Pittsburgh and internationally. The Festival is known for bringing successful filmmakers to Pittsburgh for its events, including names such as Jonathan Demme (Director of Silence of the Lambs) in 2015 and Spike Lee (Director of Do the Right Thing) in 2016. Festival interns are always in for something exciting during their year with the CMU IFF.


Position Descriptions

All positions fit under their respective umbrella committees. The Festival Committees comprise the structure of the Festival team. These include:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Programming
  • Event Coordination
  • The Youth Outreach Program
  • The Short Film Competition

**All interns must:

  • Be able to meet in-person, once a week with the rest of the team. Date of said meeting is TBD based on availability.
  • Possess advanced writing skills.
  • Possess strong organizational skills.
  • Share an interest in the contemporary film industry.

Available Internships


Design

Positions available: 2-3 | Hours per week: 10-12

CMU IFF Design Interns will be responsible for the artistic and technical development of the 2017 season’s thematic image. This includes maintaining the festival brand through layout, design, and production of graphics for promotional materials in both print and digital formats. The Design Intern will be expected to collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Committee on the most effective design for various advertising and promotional campaigns.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Advanced skills using the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Knowledge of typography, visual communication, and composition
  • **Please attach 2-3 portfolio samples included with resume.**

Development

Positions available: 1-2 | Hours per week: 10-12

CMU IFF Development Interns will be responsible for building and executing the annual budget, managing stewardship, securing sponsorships as well as other fundraising opportunities, assisting in grant writing, and leading all professional communication with sponsors.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Previous experience in fundraising efforts
  • Detail-oriented work ethic
  • Strong public speaking skills

Marketing & Communications

Positions available: 3-4 | Hours per week: 12-14

CMU IFF Marketing and Communications Interns are responsible for developing and implementing a strong and unique marketing plan for the 2017 CMU IFF season. This includes building public relations with the media, local universities, and other organizations, promoting all Festival events throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, and managing a creative and effective social media platform. The Marketing and Communications Intern will be expected to focus sizable interest and energy into developing engaging print and digital advertising tactics, including seasonal promotions. The intern will also be asked to assist in writing projects that will be used for festival promotional materials.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience in PR
  • Advanced writing skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Understanding/interest in the film industry

Social Media

Positions available: 1 | Hours per week: 12-14
**This positions falls under the Marketing and Communications Committee.**

The CMU IFF Social Media Intern will be responsible for developing a strong and inventive social media campaign specific to the Festival’s personality and 2017 thematic image. This includes the Festival’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Meetup accounts, as well as the creation of any new accounts. Work will be executed in tandem with the Marketing Committee, but the Social Media Intern will focus specifically on social media alone. The Social Media Intern will be expected to not only contribute to our existing social media presence, but improve upon it. Social media responsibilities will include scheduling and executing a detailed, enthusiastic, and unique platform, in addition to broadening the Festival’s audience and involving current audiences in engaging activities and/or competitions.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience in PR and/or social media
  • Advanced writing skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Understanding/interest in the film industry
  • **Please include 3 social media posts/pitches for social media event promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (one per site.) Additional pitches for other social media pages are welcome.**

Programming

Positions available: 2-3 | Hours per week: Fall Term: 10-15; Spring Term: 8-10

CMU IFF Programming Interns will be responsible for assisting the Festival Director in shaping the artistic vision of the Festival’s 2017 film program. This involves film evaluation, professional correspondence with filmmakers and film contacts, and administrative assistance in securing all films. Once film selections are completed, Programming interns will be responsible for writing important Festival information (i.e. film, special guest, and event descriptions) to be included on the Festival website and inside the annual Festival program booklet to be distributed at all events. Programming interns may be asked to contribute to Event Coordination as well.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Previous experience in editing/writing positions
  • Strong knowledge of film
  • Advanced writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Event Coordination

Positions available: 2-3 | Hours per week: 10-15

CMU IFF Logistics Interns will be responsible for the management and execution of the Event Coordination Committee (i.e. festival events and their various components.) Logistics Interns will be working in tandem with the Programming Committee as well as the Festival Director to conceptually design and technically implement Festival events. This includes the accurate booking of transportation and lodging for special guests, as well as the coordination of equipment and services (i.e. renting equipment, transportation of food and ticketing supplies, etc.) The Logistics Coordinator will assist in the planning and organization of Festival receptions, Q & A sessions with filmmakers, and panel discussions.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Previous experience in event coordinaion
  • Strong knowledge of film
  • Advanced writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Youth Outreach Program

Positions available: 2-3 | Hours per week: 10-15

CMU IFF Youth Outreach Program Interns will be responsible for the development and execution of the 2017 CMU IFF Youth Outreach Program. Each year, the Festival seeks to involve the youth of Pittsburgh in the Festival’s activities, from class-scheduled screenings, to workshops, to participation in the Short Film Student Competition, as well as other unique opportunities from school-school. The 2017 Festival aims to design the strongest Youth Outreach Program yet, and this requires creative, innovative interns with the desire to inspire youth in new and exciting ways. Youth Outreach Interns will be expected to collaborate with local schools, both public and private, to organize youth-centric events and workshops. This outreach committee will be building and improving upon a relatively new program with a great deal of freedom and potential. Interns will be expected to take on evolving responsibilities as the committee itself grows. The Youth Outreach Interns will be working closely with the Festival Director and Assistant Director, as well as the Event Coordination Committee.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with youth (high school age and younger)
  • Strong writing, communication, and organization skills

Short Film Competition

Positions available: 2-3 | Hours per week: 10-15

Short Film Competition Interns will be responsible for the conceptual development, organization, and implementation of the CMU IFF’s annual Short Film Competition. The Competition functions in tandem with the larger Festival, but in many ways, it is a mini-festival all its own. Interns are responsible for three umbrella aspects comprising the Competition:

  • Advertising
  • Development
  • Event Coordination

In Advertising, interns will be expected to coordinate with the Marketing and Communication Committee to develop an advertising strategy to both attract filmmakers to submit their short films as well as to attract audiences to the event itself. This will include branding and design work alongside the Design Committee.

In Development, interns will be responsible for communicating with filmmakers, organizing submissions, contacting judges, seeking sponsors, and organizing all paperwork and information for the website.

In Event Coordination, interns will further be responsible for coordinating the Competition event itself including all logistical details i.e. venue planning, award presentation, and overall leading a successful, fun event.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience in event coordination
  • Strong logistical/organizational skills
  • Knowledge of short film as a craft

Photography

Positions available: 2 | Hours per week: 7-9

CMU IFF Photographers will be responsible for documenting the Festival season’s journey from its beginning to its conclusion through creative and involved footage (still or video.) The Photographer will be asked to attend weekly festival meetings, all festival events, and other milestone events (i.e. the Student Activities Fair and other important meetings as needed.) The Photographer will be responsible for the editing and distribution of materials done in a timely and safe manner. All video and photo materials will be the property of the CMU IFF, but individual materials can be open for discussion if the Photographer would like to use them for personal portfolio and other resume purposes.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Flexible hours
  • Previous photography or videography experience
  • Possession of all necessary equipment (i.e. camera, lenses, editing software)
  • **Please attach 2-3 portfolio samples included with resume.**

Assistant Webmaster

Positions available: 1 | Hours per week: 8-10

The CMU IFF Assistant Webmaster Intern will be responsible for assisting the Festival Webmaster in managing the Festival’s website. This includes updating the website as Festival material is edited or changed, fixing technical bugs in the website’s code, and contributing to the design and functionality of the interface.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Advanced command of computer systems and languages (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.)
  • Previous experience in website design, coding, and programming
  • Knowledge of e-commerce/e-ticketing