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Internship & Film Referral Program

Interns Bernie Screening

The AFS Internship and Film Referral Program is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the local film community, while gaining valuable work experience in a non-profit, arts setting. Our primary goals are to educate participants about the film and arts industries and to facilitate job placement in the field.

The AFS Internship Program is structured in the following way:

  • Everyone begins as an OFFICE INTERN, working across AFS departments

  • Office interns are able to become SENIOR INTERNS, gaining in-depth experience with a particular AFS department

  • At certain times, senior internships with Development, Marketing and Texas Film Awards are available for immediate entry

  • All internship tracks include participation in the Film Referral Program. All positions are unpaid.



Participants learn about the inner workings of the film industry and gain exposure to the local film community. Interns master basic office skills, workplace etiquette and event management. All participate in a minimum of three professional development workshops; create a personal video project and contribute to AFS' various events. Interns receive informal feedback throughout their tenure, as well as a formal evaluation at the mid-point of the semester.

Office Interns contribute 15 hours per week, divided between:

  • Two office shifts, one from 9AM-2PM, one from 2PM-7PM

  • Assisting with AFS programs, including staffing AFS screenings and volunteering in an AFS classroom


Senior Intership Group Video from Summer 2013!

Hear from former interns about their experience working an AFS event and the benefits to being an intern.


After a semester, office interns are invited to intern in a specific department, where they work directly with staff to enact AFS programs.  Departments include:

  • Exhibition, Programming, Artist Services

  • Community Education

  • Austin Studios

  • Development, Marketing, Graphic Design and Texas Film Awards

Senior interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week. All AFS internships are unpaid and are not production internships.

Depending on need, senior internships with Development, Marketing, Graphic Design and Texas Film Awards may become available for immediate entry. (Read more about duties for each of these positions.) When completing your application for the upcoming semester, you can indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these openings. 

Film Referral Program

All Interns that successfully complete a semester at AFS are eligible for our Film Referral Program (FRP), through which we help our intern alumni find job opportunities. To date, we've facilitated over 500 FRP placements in part and full-time positions. Participants are placed on a “referral list” in our database and are recommended to production companies when positions become available. Only alumni of the internship program are eligible for participation in the FRP.



Watch an Intern Video and learn what's really going on at the copier.


STEP 1: Be sure you meet the qualifications for being an AFS Intern.  They are:
--Be 18 years of age or older
--Be able to commit to 15 hours per week
--Be able to fulfill to the weekly and semester requirements asked of you
--Be able to commit to the full semester (see calendar below)

STEP 2: Complete the online INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM by the deadline listed below.

Application Deadlines

Note: All applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM on the following dates, and you can only apply for the upcoming semester


Semester Calendar

Fall 2014: August 25, 2014 - January 11, 2015 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, August 25, 2014; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Spring 2015: January 5, 2015 - May 24, 2015 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, January 5, 2015; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Summer 2015: May 18, 2015 - August 30, 2015 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, May 18, 2015; 2 - 6:00 PM)


Have more questions about the internship and the application process?  Visit our FAQ page>>>
You can also email our Community Education Manager Katy Daiger Dial at  No phone calls regarding your application.

Upcoming Events

Essential Cinema: NAYAK (THE HERO)
Thu, 30 Oct 2014
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Art Horror: HAUSU
Fri, 31 Oct 2014
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Art Horror: HAUSU
Sun, 02 Nov 2014
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

New Releases: JEALOUSY
Sun, 02 Nov 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

New Releases: JEALOUSY
Mon, 03 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Special Event: Houston Film Commission's TEXAS FILMMAKER'S SHOWCASE 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Narratives-In-Progress: PETTING ZOO
Wed, 05 Nov 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Thu, 06 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

New Releases: WINTER IN THE BLOOD with director and cast in attendance
Fri, 07 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Premieres and Special Events: THE GREAT INVISIBLE with director in attendance
Sun, 09 Nov 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Co-Sponsored Screening: VENTOS DE AGOSTO
Mon, 10 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Essential Cinema: DEBOSYON
Tue, 11 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Wed, 12 Nov 2014
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM

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