Internships | Summer 2023

Penn Cinema & Media Studies 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 statement why they wish to intern with the chosen employer(s). Applications should be sent in by 13 March 2023 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.

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 will not be eligible for CPT in case the are the recipients of the internship.

Please note that internships below may be subjected to change.

60 Second Docs | Los Angeles

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 the world. With over 950 episodes averaging 9 million views per video and over 9.7 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 work environment. 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 people in 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. Mandatory pitch meetings on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 PST that we prefer interns are able to attend.

Ansley Sawyer | New York

Ansley Sawyer produces short documentary, commercial, and cinematic projects for clients and causes all around the world. Opportunities include: content creation, editing and managing digital content for all of the channel's social platforms, or building and launching a business development strategy for the company. Incentives to get real industry experience producing and distributing videos in the market, interfacing with clients, and making beautiful short films that are a great resume pipeline for producer roles. Interest and experience in editing short (5-60 second videos) required for the content creation track, and interest or experience in small business for the business development position. It's a small woman-led business and filmmaking team working remotely based in NYC, so a remote internship is possible, but a few meetings need to happen in the NYC home office in Astoria, Queens. We will work together at least 4 days a week and develop specific goals to accomplish for at least 8 weeks of work together between May and September, and can discuss or consider alternative arrangements.

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 (August 2023) 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.

Frank and Beans Pictures | Los Angeles & New York

Frank and Beans Pictures is a fast-growing creative production company based in Los Angeles and New York that was started by 2019 Penn graduates. We produce documentaries, narrative films, and branded content. We're looking for a part-time summer intern who is an experienced editor and has great organizational skills. As an intern at Frank & Beans, you will work directly with the founders on all aspects of the company, focusing mostly on editing. Akin to working at a fast growing startup, Frank & Beans employees love to work across many disciplines, from production, to editing, to client outreach, to working with our world-class post-production partners on delivering the best output for our clients.

Gersh | Los Angeles & New York (CANCELLED)

Gersh 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.

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. 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

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.

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 a feature documentary 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, a passion for social issues, 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 Film Society | Philadelphia (CANCELLED)

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit arts organization that creates opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge, and entertain. PFS is the region’s foremost resource for film presentation and education, and is committed to presenting film as a transformative and powerful medium for artistic expression and a catalyst for strengthening community. As the producer of the Philadelphia Film Festival and creative force behind the Philadelphia Film Center, PFS Bourse Theater, and PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard, PFS raises awareness of film as an important art form in Philadelphia, and serves as a vital piece of the city’s arts and culture community. And each October, PFS curates the Philadelphia Film Festival, which showcases more than 100 feature length and short films, welcoming filmmakers and fans from Philadelphia and around the world.

As a PFS Intern, students gain exciting hands-on experience with what it takes to make all of that happen! We offer hybrid internships with both remote and in office work days, and a typical schedule of two days a week, from 11:00am to 5:00pm - though those times can be flexible if needed to accommodate a student's classes. Whether it is working with our Education and Community Engagement team to plan curriculum and build partnerships with schools and organizations across the city, helping our Marketing team to promote all of our programs and events and engage our audience on social media, or supporting our Membership Manager in connecting with our members and working our Sneak Peak Member Exclusive screenings, there's a myriad of ways for interested students to have an enriching and educational experience with our team at the Philadelphia Film Society.

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.

Variant Strategies | Los Angeles

Variant Strategies is a media and impact firm that supports leading organizations to achieve social justice impact through innovative media and films, advocacy, design and marketing. We leverage our background as frontline advocates, with deep experience working in and leading nonprofits, and cutting-edge work in the field as grassroots entrepreneurs and activists. We listen to, learn from, and incorporate the perspective of the people and communities our partners want to serve to ensure meaningful results, not just headlines.

Variant Strategies is looking for an intern to work an average of approximately 12-15 hours a week to support campaigns, social media strategies, creative development, information for distribution partners, legislators, and media, research and proposal drafting.

Skills required:
• Excellent writer
• Experience and track record using social media
• Commitment to social justice work
• Advocacy experience
• Video experience a plus