Internships | Summer 2021

Penn Cinema & Media Studies students can apply to a max of 3 internships. They should submit, on the same pdf and for each application, their resume and one-page double-spaced statement why they wishes to intern with the chosen employer(s). Applications should be sent in by 30 March 2021 to Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Penn Cinema & Media Studies.

Junior Cinema & Media Studies Majors and Minors have priority to be selected for the internships.

Please note that the internships below might be subjected to change and even to be cancelled given the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
 



60 Second Docs | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Are you obsessed with unique stories? Are you drawn to unusual people and why they do what they do? Are your friends rolling their eyes at how frequently you send them weird content? 60 Second Docs is one of the fastest-growing content producers for newsworthy and shareable videos in theworld. With over 650 episodes averaging 8.2 million views per video and over 5 billion views total, we are transforming how the world discovers and promotes unique stories told in the documentary format. Based in Culver City, 60 Second Docs is seeking to add a talented intern to a very fast-paced workenvironment. We are looking for someone who craves learning new skills and won’t be afraid to go the extra mile to tackle projects, subjects, and stories. As an intern, you will get to work closely with the producers, while working on real projects that reach and touch the masses. Our ideal candidate is someone who is inherently curious. Someone who is obsessed with news and peoplein all their forms - someone who is creative, inventive and thoughtful. ​We thrive when we have all kinds of stories! All personal and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, no previous experience in journalism or entertainment necessary.
 



BlackStar | Philadelphia
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

BlackStar Projects, home of the annual BlackStar Film Festival, celebrates and provides platforms for visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists from around the world. The BlackStar Summer Fellow works on the festival program in all areas, including coordinating the program guide, supporting staff with filmmaker communication and guest services, and helping to coordinate the filmmaker Q&As. The Summer Fellow should also be available throughout the week of the festival, August 4-8, to support with immediate tasks that may come up.
 



Circle of Confusion | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Three times annually, Circle of Confusion hosts an industry-leading internship program. Our mission is to provide a program which fosters diversity and inclusion in our industry. We invite driven, organized and ambitious college students seeking careers in the entertainment industry to apply for a virtual internship through our Los Angeles office. Interns will get an overview of industry practices in developing, producing and casting films, television and theater. More specifically, as an intern you will have a hands-on experience that includes reading scripts, writing coverage, conducting research, answering phones, observing assistants, taking on general office tasks and assisting with special projects which can include drafting social media content and creating web pages. Interns will have the opportunity to shadow assistants, have one-on-one meetings with managers and producers, ask questions and ultimately learn what it means to be on the business side of entertainment. Our program is open to all college students, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 



Firelight | New York (CANCELLED)
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Firelight produces award-winning films that expose injustice, illuminate the power of community and tell a history seldom told. We are dedicated to developing talented documentary filmmakers amplifying underrepresented stories. It is Firelight’s mission to mentor our interns and give them the skills and experience to be the next generation of media professionals. Our internship program will give dedicated and driven participants the opportunity to assist our Firelight Team with the production and development of documentary film projects. Our program is designed to give interns a look into all aspects of documentary filmmaking, from start to finish.

--Orientation - Introductions themselves and their own projects/interests, play an ice-breaker game, hear from past interns about their experience, etc.
--Conducting research for projects in pre-production, learning about treatments and pitching.
--Working with archival materials - organizing, transcribing, logging into databases on Filemaker.
--Assisting our production teams with delivery items, transcribing, location scouting, etc.
--Assisting our online events team with editing and research projects.
--Lunch and Learn: Interns participate in a series of lunches/meetings about different topics related to documentary production and career trajectories: Through the course of their internship the list of topics can include (but is not limited to): subject development, working with archival, production insights, writing and pitching, stories from our editors.--A Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass with Stanley Nelson.

Interns are given the option to work two or more full days per week (Mon-Fri), or a minimum of 15 hours per week at Firelight. This internship is currently being conducted remotely due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.



Gathr Films | New York & Los Angeles (CANCELLED)
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Gathr Films (and its sister 501c3 The Gathr Foundation) is an independent film distributor, ticketing/data company and tech platform that pioneered Theatrical on Demand® a bottom-up model for crowd-sourcing for cinema events that provides 'tribal' films an opportunity to galvanize their decentralized audience, nationwide. Having entered the gig economy recently with its GathrPay™ product that lets anyone make money for themselves or their organizations by captaining screening events in their local cinemas, Gathr Films is growing at a rapid pace and needs bright young talent with a thirst for knowledge, innovation and experience. As an intern, you will learn the ins and outs of theatrical acquisition, distribution, outreach and exhibition for documentary and feature films while helping shape decisions at the most disruptive company on the theatrical distribution landscape. Gathr's films live at the inflection point of cinema and impact. Gathr's model pushes the inflection point of distribution and innovation. You will work with and report directly to the company's founder and CEO, playing a critical role in areas of research and analysis that will help to shape the company's decision-making.
 



Gersh Agency | Los Angeles & New York (CANCELLED)
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

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: 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.
 



Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival | Philadelphia (CANCELLED)
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is seeking a Communications and Outreach intern to assist PJFF Director and Program Assistant with PJFF’s spring outreach and group sales campaign, as well as work on expanding PJFF’s core of volunteers. Additional duties include researching and soliciting corporate donations, pre-screening films, and assisting the programming team with creating a database of potential festival guests.



Grandview Automatik | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship..

Grandview Automatik is a fast-paced film management/production company where interns will be able to sink their teeth into the day-to-day operations. Opportunities include but are not limited to: reading scripts/ books/ graphic novels, writing coverage, shadowing assistants and more. They will be trained on industry essential skills and will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from the team and our executives. It's a close-knit office, so we need team players who are positive, reliable and excited to learn!
 



Jigsaw Productions | New York
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Jigsaw Productions is the NYC-based production company of Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. 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.
 



Library Films | New York
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship..

Library Films is the NYC-based production company of Emmy Award-nominated director Chris Smith (American Movie, Fyre, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond). The production and post-production internship offers a variety of experiences through all stages of the filmmaking process, including production assistance, archival research, logging footage, and office support (creating documents, picking up equipment, etc.) Interns will work directly with producers, researchers, and editors on a variety of documentary projects. Familiarity with graphic design and/or Avid is a plus. We expect flexibility with hours and a passion for filmmaking. Interns will have an opportunity to learn and grow on high level productions that will have a wide reach. Past projects from Library Films have been seen by millions on Netflix and have appeared at prestigious film festivals (Sundance, Venice, IDFA). Interns typically work 2-3 days a week, but we welcome more hours if you are available.

 



Mandeville Films | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Mandeville Films and Television, the production company behind hit movies like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WARM BODIES, WONDER, THE AERONAUTS and THE PROPOSAL, is currently looking for summer interns. We are looking for motivated interns with an eye for feature film and television development and an interest in a future career as a producer or creative executive in either film or television. We will be online for the semester but still offer a welcome atmosphere and the chance to gain experience in a busy development setting. We are searching for interns who can commit to a minimum of three months, two days a week, from 9am to 6pm in their respective time zone. Responsibilities include: reading scripts, providing coverage, availability checks, filling out project grids, and researching for projects. This is two separate internships, one in film development and one in television development; the internship is the same just for different departments.
 



Menemsha Films | Los Angels
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Menemsha Films is a leading Los Angeles boutique film distributor dedicated to distributing the highest-quality art house films, hand picked from around the globe. This past summer we released Chaiflicks, an online streaming platform featuring highly acclaimed Jewish and Israeli movies, TV series and documentaries. We are currently seeking hard working interns to assist with social media, the streaming platform and more. Duties will include social media, video editing, and graphic design.
 



Misher Films | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship..

Misher Film is a feature film/television production company, located in West Los Angeles, headed by Kevin Misher, former President of Universal Pictures. We are currently seeking hard working, dedicated Feature/Television Development interns for Summer 2020. Interns will read scripts and write coverage, conduct project research, cover industry happenings while learning the ins and outs of development. Great opportunity to work in a close-knit, friendly environment. This is a non-paid, school credit internship only. Other duties will include other general office assistant work. Company credits include: RICHARD JEWELL, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, MISS BALA, CARRIE, MIRROR MIRROR, PUBLIC ENEMIES, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, FIGHTING, CASE 39, THE INTERPRETER, THE SCORPION KING and THE RUNDOWN.

We will be releasing COMING TO AMERICA 2 and BIOS in December 2020. We are currently in post-production on two films, prepping two for production and developing two TV shows that are set up with studio and network partners, in addition to numerous other film projects.

A form of transportation is required for this internship.
 



New Horizons Pictures | Los Angeles
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Julie Corman is a prolific and celebrated movie producer, who has made over 400 movies and worked with movie luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and Jonathan Demme. The intern will be invited to work 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 2020.
 



PBS KIDS | Arlington, VA
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

The overall goal of the internship is to gain a well-rounded understanding of content development, production, and programming for PBS KIDS. The intern will report to the Director of Content, and will spend the summer shadowing individual members of the department to gain experience in these different areas of the network’s responsibilities. The position will include the following opportunities:
--Development: Intern will review series pitches, take part in review meetings, and help prepare materials for upcoming Requests for Proposals.
--Series production: Intern will read scripts, provide notes and attend meetings regarding all new pilots and series.
--Intern will help with tracking and logging projects.
--Programming: Intern will assist with occasional scheduling tasks and learn about how PBS programs across platforms.
--The position will be four days a week and will be remote.

 



Philadelphia Latino Film Festival | Philadelphia
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival's mission is to showcase and nurture established and emerging creative Latin American and Latino filmmakers; to promote and celebrate the richness and diversity of Latin American/Latino cultures and experiences, and to foster cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.Film Festival Interns gain experience in the day-to-day management of an international film festival and non-profit organization. This job consists of providing general support to the film festival staff in managing festival operations before, during, and after the festival. Based on the intern’s skills and special interests, they assist with a variety of tasks, ranging from general office operations to event production, outreach, hospitality, special events, volunteer coordination, publishing, programming, and film exhibition. Film festival staff members often take on or collaborate across multiple roles as part of their jobs. Film Festival Interns get a taste of the various roles and responsibilities required to prepare for and execute a film festival.
 



Small Motor Skills | New York & Philadelphia
Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship.

Small Motor Skills is the creative hub of filmmaker and faculty member Scott Burkhardt. Scott is currently working on several television and film projects and looking for someone to assist him over the summer. Intern can work remotely but will need to be in New York or Philadelphia on occasion. Responsibilities would include managing the festival rollout of director’s latest film, pre-production and production on a new short film slated to shoot Summer 2020 and putting together pitch docs for several film and TV projects. Time commitment will vary but would average out to 10-15 hours a week. Experience with social media and some web development skills are a plus.