Internships for Undergraduates | Summer 2017

CinemaCon
One Penn Cinema and Media Studies junior will be invited to participate to the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas on March 27-30, 2017. Recipient will be covered travel and hotel. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to attend CinemaCon. Applications should be sent in by email by March 5, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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Caribbean Cinemas
One Penn Cinema and Media Studies junior will be invited to participate to the Caribbean Cinemas internship in San Juan (PR) on June-July 2017. Caribbean Cinemas’ principal area of business is in the exhibition of film throughout the Caribbean with joint headquarters in San Juan (PR) and Santo Domingo (DR). Purpose of the internship is to enhance the classroom experience of a Penn undergraduate and to become acquainted with the business world of cinema exhibition in the Hispanic world. Background requirements of the prospective intern is a declared major or minor in Cinema and Media Studies, Wharton or students with a strong association in cinema and media studies. Best candidates are those who have completed their junior year at Penn. Term of Internship: 8 weeks with home base in San Juan (PR). Sponsor will provide a stipend, a weekly transportation allowance, airfare to and from the Caribbean, as well as an apartment. There will also be opportunities to visit sponsor sites on other islands in the Caribbean. Weekly duties include attending screenings, written movie reviews, analysis of attendance stats, bookings of product, and marketing of film. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with Caribbean Cinemas. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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FilmAid
Using a community-based, and multi-platform approach, FilmAid provides refugees and displaced people with access to life-saving information about their rights, their safety, their health and their future. Through video, radio, print and digital media campaigns created and distributed in collaboration with refugee communities, FilmAid is able to reach over 500,000 people in refugee camps and urban areas every year. In addition to public information campaigns, FilmAid trains young people in all aspects of storytelling and communications. FilmAid offers year-long film, journalism and photography training courses that empower the next generation of storytellers with the skills they need to advocate for themselves, their community and their right to a future filled with hope.

The internship opportunities at FilmAid International vary depending on the interests and credentials of the candidate. As an intern working at the FilmAid International headquarters in New York, you will gain exposure to the communications, development/fundraising, program design, administration and global partnerships. This internship provides you with an opportunity to work on multiple projects in different departments at a small international NGO. You will work closely with a small full-time staff and have opportunities to interface with our staff and leadership in our country offices.

Key roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· Communications - Provide communications support, helping execute against FAI’s communications strategy using our branded communications channels (e.g. Web, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr)
· Development/Fundraising - Assist in researching and drafting grant proposals for institutions and private foundations
· Maintain donor history database under the supervision of FAI’s development assistant.
· Contribute to general operational and administrative tasks as needed

Skills, Qualifications and Requirements:
· Excellent writing and editing skills required
· Graphic design and/or video experience is preferred (Please list which systems you use, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, etc.)
· Attention to detail in data entry and donor relations and management
· Experience in film, humanitarian affairs, public affairs, international affairs,  and/or arts and media are  a plus
· Strong organizational, coordination and time-management skills
· Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills

Penn Cinema and Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why the applicant wishes to intern with FilmAid. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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Gersh Agency
The Gersh Agency has become one of the country’s leading talent and literary agencies that boasts some of the world’s finest talents including: Kristen Stewart, Sam Rockwell, John Goodman, Elizabeth Olsen, Dave Chappelle and Jeffrey Tambor. With over 175 employees and offices in Beverly Hills and New York, Gersh maintains eleven full-service departments: Talent, Feature Literary, TV Literary, Film Finance, Books, Comedy, Theatre, Production, Alternative/ Digital Packaging, Commercial Production and Commercial Endorsements. Interns at Gersh will gain hands-on experience in the inner workings of a high-level, full-service agency. The internship is designed to prepare interns to enter the entertainment industry workforce and is focused on teaching script coverage and analysis, film awareness, and the general operations of the agency. Interns are also given the opportunity to shadow Assistants throughout the company and observe the day-to-day activities of the Agents. Interns typically work 2-3 days a week and positions are available in the Beverly Hills and New York offices. Penn Cinema Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with the Gersh Agency. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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Jigsaw Productions
Jigsaw Productions is the NYC-based production company of Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. One Penn Cinema Studies junior or sophomore will be invited to participate in the production internship program in June-July 2017. The production internship is a flexible position that includes archival research, transcribing of interviews and logging footage, and office support (creating documents, filing, running errands, etc.) Interns will work directly with producers, researchers, and editors during different stages of the production. Familiarity with graphic design and/or Avid is a plus. This position will help familiarize interns with various stages of production at an established, respected company in the documentary industry. Penn Cinema Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with The Gersh Agency. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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New Horizons Pictures
Julie and Roger Corman are prolific and celebrated movie producers, who have made over 400 movies and worked with movie luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and Jonathan Demme. One Penn Cinema and Media Studies junior or sophomore will be invited to intern with Mrs. Corman, who is the former Chair of the Graduate Film Department at NYU and Visiting Professor at UCLA in the English department, at New Horizons Pictures in Los Angeles in June-July 2017. Penn Cinema and Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with Mrs. Corman and New Horizons Pictures. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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Odessa Films
Odessa Films, a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaking company run by award-winning filmmakers (and UPenn Profs and Alumni) Nancy Novack and David Novack, invites a Penn Cinema and Media Studies intern to join their team for the summer of 2017. The intern will gain exposure to all aspects of documentary filmmaking: development and funding, production, editing and post-production, and distribution. Interns typically help with office functions, plan shoots, and learn the basics of Avid Media Composer assistant editing work. Interns work directly with the principals of the company. Often, they assist in local shoots, and occasionally foreign shoots. Responsibilities are designed as much as possible to match the intern’s skill set and interests, fostering professional development. For instance, one summer an intern travelled to Russia to film with the crew. Another summer, an intern edited a trailer for a new documentary. Another summer, an intern ran a social media campaign.  While it is difficult to predict the precise needs six months in advance, we expect to have one film in distribution, two in production, and two in development in the summer of 2017. Penn Cinema and Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with Mrs. Corman and New Horizons Pictures. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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PBS Children's Programming and Development
PBS Children's Programming and Development
. One Penn Cinema Studies junior or sophomore will be invited to intern at PBS Children's Programming and Development at PBS Headquarters in Arlington (VA) in June-July 2017. Penn Cinema and Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why s/he wishes to intern with PBS Children's Programming and Development. Applications should be sent in by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

This position will report to head of children's programming at PBS and includes the following duties:
--Development - intern will learn how to review children's television proposals that are submitted for series consideration. Intern will also review pitches for existing series and learn the process of children's television. Intern will take part in review meetings.

--Intern will help with filing and programming database.

--Series - intern will read scripts and attend meetings regarding all new series.

--Pilot development and production - Several projects will be in development and others will be in pilot production this summer. Intern will learn to review materials for projects in pilot development.

--Programming - intern will attend meetings and learn about how the PBS national feed schedule comes together.
--The position will be four days a week.

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Scribe Video Center
Scribe Video Center is organizing an exhibition of video documentaries produced from the late 1960s until now by media arts centers and community media producers from throughout the country. The exhibition will highlight participatory community media by non-professional makers from diverse community groups. Curatorial research interns will work on the following areas: conducting in-depth research to draw up a list of producing organizations, institutions (and possibly individuals) whose catalogues and archives Scribe would explore in curating the project; creating and maintaining accessible computer archives and databases of collected information; interviewing past and current participatory media makers; organizing and classifying records for easy access; and grouping works into themes. The interns will work closely with the head researcher, curator and catalogue writer. No previous experience is necessary, as students will be trained in curatorial research, but prior experience / interest in any of the above areas is a plus. Penn Cinema Studies will offer a $2,500 stipend to help cover housing. Interested students should submit their unofficial transcript from Penn in Touch, resume, and one page double-spaced statement of why the applicant wishes to intern with Scribe Video Center. Applications should be sent by March 31, 2017 to Nicola M Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema and Media Studies.

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Cinema Studies Program
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