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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.



Each semester, AFS brings on a new class of interns. 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 an average of 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 assist 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

Summer 2014 Deadline:  April 28, 2014
Fall 2014 Deadline:  August 1, 2014 (Note: You cannot apply for Fall 2014 till after the Summer deadline has passed)

Semester Calendar

Fall 2013:  August 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, August 26, 2013; 2 - 6:00 PM
Spring 2014:  January 6, 2014 - May 25, 2014 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, January 6, 2014; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Summer 2014: May 19, 2014 - August 31, 2014 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, May 19, 2014; 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

Jewels in the Wasteland: CUTTER'S WAY
Wed, 16 Apr 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Essential Cinema: LAST DANCE
Thu, 17 Apr 2014
7:30 PM - 9:05 PM

New Romanian Films: BEYOND THE HILLS
Fri, 18 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Special Screening: THE RETRIEVAL
Sun, 20 Apr 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sun, 20 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Austin
Mon, 21 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Effects Make-Up 101
Sat, 26 Apr 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Dallas
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Avant Cinema: WHAT'S THE USE?
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
7:30 PM - 9:10 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Houston
Tue, 29 Apr 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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