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Internship Opportunities for the 29th Woods Hole Film Festival

The 29th Woods Hole Film Festival will be held from Saturday, July 25th – Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Experience a summer on Cape Cod by interning at the Woods Hole Film Festival, the longest running independent film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands. Become a part of the energetic and creative community located in the heart of a village world renown for ocean science; enjoy the beautiful area and amazing beaches, meet independent filmmakers who come from around the world, and enjoy the great music, workshops, panel discussions and other Festival events as an intern for the Woods Hole Film Festival, designated as one of the Top 100 Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and Film Freeway!

The Woods Hole Film Festival, Inc., is a non-profit organization now in its 29th year. The Woods Hole Film Festival is an eight-day showcase of independent film featuring daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, special events, parties, awards ceremony and more. Our programs and events are designed for filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike – anyone who is interested in the moving image.

Available Internships: For-credit and not-for-credit for college students (Junior or Senior) and recent college graduates seeking to acquire hands-on experience in festival management.

DESCRIPTION: WHFF for-credit internships are open to students enrolled in a college/university interested in learning about film, filmmaking, event organization and management, communications, marketing, technical behind-the-scenes event management or pursuing a career in visual storytelling. Preference will be given to students with relevant coursework or prior experience. Applicants should be dependable, committed fast learners who are able to see projects through to completion. Interns should also be organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment and accomplish tasks in a timely manor.

DURATION: May 26, 2020 through August 7, 2020.

REQUIREMENTS: An applicant seeking college credit must be enrolled in a college/university and should be at least 21 years of age. Interns receiving credit must complete the required hours specified by both their respective college/university and the Woods Hole Film Festival.  Documentation and communication from college or university deeming a student eligible for credit must be submitted with application and completed prior to internship start date.

Applicants must have a personal laptop computer and cell phone available for use during the duration of internship, as well as transportation and housing. Festival will assist with parking.

Available Internships

Operations Intern

Assist the Operations Director and learn about all aspects of festival logistics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Box Office Management: On-site and remote
  • Merchandise Coordination
  • Volunteer Management
  • Festival Office Administration
  • Filmmaker Relations
  • Special Event Planning and coordination
  • Donation coordination

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE: Applicants should be proficient with programs such as Excel, and Word and able to learn additional database platforms such as Airtable, film submission services and ticketing systems. Experience with imaging, Photoshop and InDesign is a plus. Interns MUST have their own working computer to bring to the internship — no exceptions.

DESIRABLE SKILLS: In cover letter, please note any experience in the following: office management, theater, film festival or any event-related work. Please also detail any specific writing and communication skills, experience working with the public and customer service skills and event organization.

Communications and Programming Intern

Assist Festival Director and learn about all aspects of the communications, programming and media relations work, including, but not limited to:

  • Design and implement social media plan;
  • Assist with development of community outreach plan;
  • Assist with press and media relations on behalf of Festival;
  • Assist Filmmakers with press relations;
  • Assist with drafting information for Festival program and website;
  • Assist with daily communication updates before and during the Festival.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE: Applicant should have excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills; should be knowledgeable about social media platforms; be a quick learner; work well under deadline and be able to multi-task.

Technical Intern

Assist Technical Director and learn about all aspects of the technical operations, media management (print traffic) and production work, including, but not limited to:

  • Receive, log, and test incoming film media
  • Log received film media and downloads into database
  • Copy/download to venue hard drives and check for playback issues
  • Shoot and edit Festival promo pieces and other online and on-screen content
  • Assist with equipment inventory and test equipment before festival
  • Set up venues for screenings, panels, and other festival events
  • Operate camera, computer, and audio gear during events
  • Make sure projectionists have all media and deliver any updates
  • Break down screening venues at conclusion of festival
  • Organize gear for storage until next festival
  • Assist with the return of media to filmmakers and log shipping details.


Knowledge of Final Cut Pro X, or quick learner

Familiarity with Excel and simple databases. We use Airtable (www.airtable.com)

Familiarity with cameras, PA systems, mixing boards, wireless microphones, etc.

Good communications skills

DATES AND HOURS: Full internships from May 26 – August 7, 2020. Hours are 20-40/week (weekly hours increase closer to festival). Festival internships typically run 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and some weekend hours during festival preparation weeks. Shortly before and during the festival, hours will vary and daily schedules will change based on festival needs.

COMPENSATION: Stipend available.

LOCATION: The festival is located in the beautiful seaside village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. We do not provide housing, however our interns often prefer to use the WHOI Community Housing Boards as many students come to the area for marine and scientific studies for the summer. Finding summer housing can be a challenge in Woods Hole and Falmouth, so be sure to start this process as early as possible. Our Festival community can direct you to potential housing options if they become available.

TO APPLY: Please fill out this FORM. You will need to upload a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the Festival internship program. You will also need to supply two references. Interviews will be conducted either in person or by electronic communication. If you have any questions you can reach us at  info@woodsholefilmfestival.org.

DEADLINE: Please submit your application by April 24th, 2020.