Internships | Summer 2024

Penn undergraduate students can apply to a max of 3 internships. They should submit a .pdf for each application with their resume and one-page-double-spaced cover letter why they wish to intern with the chosen employer(s). Applications should be sent in by March 17, 2024, to Nicola M. Gentili.

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

Penn Cinema & Media Studies will offer a $5,000 stipend to the recipient of the internship to help with travel and housing. This stipend is not to be considered as wages.

International students applying for the internships might be eligible for CPT in case the are the recipients of the internship.

Please note that internships below may be subjected to change according to employer(s) decisions.

Artists First | New York

Artists First is one of the top tier management & production companies in the entertainment industry. We are currently seeking summer 2024 interns. This is a great opportunity if interested in pursuing a career in and exploring our industry. Our program is designed so that the internship experience (in-person or virtual) will include access and networking projects for all 3 of our offices – New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago – allowing to explore Artists First Company-wide. The internship role requires a strong degree of multi-tasking, a sharp focus for details, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, client-driven environment. Attributes we look for - be a constant team player, self-motivated, inquisitive, and willing to learn.  Heavy script coverage expectation.  Must be articulate, with excellent communication skills.   Enthusiasm and an ambitious attitude a plus. We believe this experience is extremely valuable in gaining useful professional insight. We require at least 2 full days a week.  School credit is mandatory.

BlackStar | Philadelphia

BlackStar, 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 (July 28-August 6, 2024) to support with immediate tasks that may come up.

Di Bonaventura Pictures | Los Angeles

Di Bonaventura Pictures (TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, SALT, and RED franchises) is one of the most prolific production companies in Hollywood for blockbuster action. We're looking for smart, motivated, and detail-oriented interns for Summer 2023. Intern responsibilities will include script coverage and conducting research for potential film and tv adaptations as well as examining magazines, blogs, and other periodicals. Additionally, interns will assist on writer/director/actor lists, general project research. In addition to gaining experience analyzing scripts and IP, interns will also learn about the contemporary marketplace, and how the development process works. Our ideal candidate has a passion for storytelling, desires a career in the feature film business, and has a strong interest in and awareness of cultural trends. Interns in Los Angeles are welcome to come work in-person at our offices on the Paramount lot. Interns can also work remotely from anywhere in the world. A commitment of two or three full days per week (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM) is required. As part of the internship, students are welcome (and encouraged) to schedule interviews with employees of the company for advice about breaking into and navigating the entertainment industry.

Grandview | Los Angeles

Grandview 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

Jigsaw Productions is the NYC-based production company of Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Crime of the Century). The production internship is a flexible position that can include archival research, transcribing of interviews, logging footage, and office support (creating documents, filing, running errands, etc.) Interns 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

Library Films is the NYC-based production company of Emmy Award-nominated director Chris Smith (Fyre, Tiger King, 100 Foot Wave). 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 3 days a week, but we welcome more hours if you are available.

Media Power Youth | New Hampshire

Media Power Youth is a youth development nonprofit in Manchester, NH that helps young people advocate for the causes and people they care about by building healthy communication skills. We inspire young people to engage with media in thoughtful and creative ways that support their physical and mental well-being. As a summer media camp educator, you will help facilitate our two summer filmmaking programs and assist in the creation of our first youth film celebration. Our Conservation Quest Camp is offered in partnership with NH Audubon Massabesic Center. You will assist campers in exploring habitats and wildlife and how we can protect the natural places we love. Our Flip the Script Camp is offered in partnership with the SEE Science Center. Using SEE exhibits as a backdrop, you will help campers explore innovations in science while creating an entertaining science fiction story. You will host small group activities and teach the basics of video storytelling. With your guidance, campers will create short films and show them off at a film showcase at Red River Theatres at the end of the summer. You will also help support the broader mission of Media Power Youth, helping young people build media literacy and healthy communication skills for long-term well-being. This is a great opportunity for creative filmmakers with a passion for mentoring youth and those interested in learning more about how nonprofits positively impact the communities they serve. See for more details.

MediaTank Productions | Milwaukee & New York

MediaTank Productions is a New York and Midwest-based production company that creates documentary films about social issues. MediaTank founder, Michael Kleiman, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include WEB and The Last Survivor. MediaTank produces independent documentary films and works with advocacy organizations and nonprofits to create short films and animated videos about the issues they are working on. Working mostly remotely with a small team, our summer intern will be asked to wear many hats and will have an opportunity to engage with a wide number of projects, including two  feature documentaries in post-production and a number of short films at various stages of the production process. The ideal intern will have a deep love for documentaries, an interest in social issues - with a particular passion for reimagining the justice system - and experience working with Premiere Pro. The internship would largely be remote.

Menemsha Films | Los Angels

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. Last 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 who will play a significant role in the asset creation process, for both internal and external use. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of Adobe software. Duties may include:

* Title-related materials - including trailers, key art and posters, commercial materials, and more.  
* Social media graphics - videos, stills, cover images, carousels, and more.
* Platform materials - including film/series covers, episodic key art, character spots, and more.

Misher Film | Los Angeles

Misher Films is a media company that has historically focused on feature film/television and is headed by Kevin Misher, former President of Production at Universal Pictures. We are seeking hard-working, dedicated Feature/Television Development Interns for the Summer 2023 Semester. 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. Other duties will include other general office assistant work. Company credits include: You People, Coming 2 America, Finch, Richard Jewell, Fighting with My Family, Public Enemies, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The InterpreterThe Scorpion King and The Rundown. We are currently in post-production on one film, prepping several others for production and developing various TV shows that are set up with studio and network partners, in addition to numerous other film, documentary and media projects. Internship will be in person. A car is highly recommended for this internship.

PBS KIDS | Arlington, VA

The overall goal of the internship is to gain a well-rounded understanding of the development, production, and strategic planning for PBS KIDS’ content pipelines, which include half-hour series, games, short-form videos, one-hour specials, game-and-video hybrids, and podcasts. The intern will spend the summer shadowing individual members of the department to gain experience in several areas of the network’s responsibilities. The position will include the following opportunities:

--Development: Intern will review series pitches, take part in review meetings, draft rejection letters, and help the Content Team prepare for an RFP (Request for Proposals) review this summer .

--Series production: Intern will read scripts, provide notes and attend meetings regarding new pilots and series.

–Game production: Intern will attend and support game playtesting sessions with kids and provide notes on game builds.

--Learning & research: Intern will support curriculum projects, including early thinking about a Health and Wellness framework, a foundational document about kids and the news/current events, and will assist in content reviews and work that support curriculum integration.

–Administrative: Intern will assist department with administrative tasks as needed.  Tasks may include meeting planning and scheduling; tracking, logging, and archiving projects; and setting up a new submission intake system.

--The position will be four days a week.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival | Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) brings into focus the diverse experiences and realities of our people.  Over the past ten years, PHLAFF has  evolved into an international film festival  bringing the best of Latine/x/a/o stories  to audiences worldwide.

PHLAFF is dedicated to nurturing emerging and established Latine/x/a/o creatives by providing  capacity-building opportunities and a far-reaching platform for sharing stories. We curate  spaces where filmmakers, actors, producers and creatives can meet with other artists, engage  their target audiences, and present and discuss innovative work. By celebrating the richness  and diversity of the Latine/x/a/o experience, PHLAFF fosters cross-cultural understanding and  dialogue, uniquely meaningful in the culturally and historically vibrant city of Philadelphia.

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

Small Motor Skills is the production company of faculty member and filmmaker Scott Burkhardt. Scott is currently working on several television and film projects and looking for someone to work with him over the summer. Intern can work remotely with the possibility of an occasional trip to NYC. Responsibilities would include managing the festival rollout of his latest film 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. Should have some experience/skills with Adobe software, Canva, Instagram, graphic design and web development.