Intern with the Festival

New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event , is the largest children’s film festival in North America, programming thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent films for young people ages 3-18 in a month-long event each year.

During four weekends in the months of February and March, the Festival invites over 25,000 parents, children, and filmmakers to experience the best new films from around the world at venues throughout NYC. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe to present a highly selective slate of the best animated, live action, documentary and experimental films, narrowed down from over 2,500 international submissions.

In addition, New York International Children’s Film Festival offers year-round engagement, including school field trips, premieres and sneak preview screenings, a touring program reaching cities nationwide, and more. As a small non-profit organization, the Festival relies heavily on the support of interns to help in the planning and execution of all of its programs.

Internships at NYICFF provide an opportunity to work collaboratively with the staff in all departments and create a direct impact on current projects. Interns will leave with a greater knowledge in successfully operating an international film festival, development of educational engagement around cutting edge film and media content, and strategy in the cultivation and management of partnerships, sponsorships, and grants. In addition to new skills acquired, networking and additional relationship building opportunities are made available.

Internship Dates: May 2019 – August 2019

Internship positions are available in the following areas:

  • Programming 
    Responsibilities: Researching, requesting, previewing and tracking international short and feature film submissions for 2020 Festival and special programs. Managing Google and Excel databases and online submissions platforms. Fielding general requests and queries. Providing event support for special year round programs including special sneak peek screenings, field trip screenings, and tour events.
  • Non-Profit Management
    Responsibilities: Research and track funders for grants and individual donor proposals, assist in writing proposals for Festival and education programming and developing materials for annual membership drive. Assist in planning and execution of the annual benefit and auction. *Applicant should have a strong background in research and writing. Prior non-profit experience a plus
  • Operations
    Responsibilities: Assist with special events; help with the compilation of festival organizational materials; assist with volunteer recruitment and scheduling; help with onsite production needs.
  • Marketing/PR
    Responsibilities: Assist in planning and executing marketing campaigns; create content for Festival social media channels; assist in composing emails and film copy for Festival communications/collateral.
  • Education
    Responsibilities: Research and cultivate new partnership opportunities with schools, community groups, and arts educators; coordinate and manage field trip screenings (Tuesdays and Thursdays availability preferred), and pop-up film camps, assist with curriculum development.

All interns may be asked to assist at field trip or weekend screenings, filmmaking camps, and/or fundraising or other special events.

Applicants must be responsible, intelligent, have excellent communication skills and have a strong interest in film and/or non-profit management. Internship is unpaid, but may be applied towards school credit if arranged with school.

If interested and can commit at least 2 days/week, please send a cover letter and resume with "film fest internship" in the subject line to Please indicate which department you are most interested in working with in the body of your email, or complete the form below.

  • Accepted file types: docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: docx, pdf.