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Internship & Film Referral Program


The AFS Internship & Film Referral Program is a great way to immerse yourself in the local film community, while gaining valuable work experience. Our primary goals are to educate participants about the film and arts industries and to facilitate job placement in the field. Structure of AFS Internship Program:

  • Everyone begins as an OFFICE INTERN working across departments

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

  • All internship tracks include participation in the FILM REFERRAL PROGRAM. All positions are unpaid.

accepting applications for FALL 2015
Deadline is AUGUST 1, 2015.

Please read the Application instructions, applicant requirements and internship description below before completing the application.


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

Hear from former interns about their experience working an AFS event and the benefits of 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.

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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

Semester Calendar

Summer 2015: May 18, 2015 - August 30, 2015 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, May 18, 2015; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Fall 2015: August 24, 2015 - January 10, 2016 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, August 24, 2015; 2 - 6:00PM)
Spring 2016: January 4, 2014 - May 22, 2016 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, January 4, 2016; 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.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Essential Cinema: LA PIROGUE
Thu, 09 Jul 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Sneak Preview: Mia Hansen-Love's EDEN
Fri, 10 Jul 2015
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015
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