National Endowment for the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts
City of Austin, Cultural Contracts
The AFS Internship and Film Referral Program is comprised of three phases. Our goals are to educate participants about the film and arts industries and facilitate job placement in the field. The first phase is an office Internship, followed by an Apprenticeship, and finally the Film Referral Program. The Internship and Apprenticeship phases each last a semester and takes place at Austin Studios. The Film Referral phase is ongoing. Instructions on how to apply for the internship are below, as well as a link to our FAQ page.
Each fall, spring and summer, we bring on a new class of fifteen interns. The internship provides skills, experience and the elusive foot-in-the-door to the film community. Participants learn about the inner workings of the film industry and gain exposure to the film community at large. Interns master basic office skills, workplace etiquette and event management. They participate in a minimum of three professional development workshops (such as building a resume and how to ace an interview) during the semester, create a personal video project and contribute to the Slackerwood blog. Interns receive informal feedback throughout their tenure, as well as a formal evaluation at the mid-point of the semester. Interns contribute an average of 15 hours per week to the internship. This includes two office shifts, one Film Club shift, and various AFS events throughout the week. This is an unpaid internship. Please note that this is not a production internship.
Want more proof that the intership is worth it? Read about the experiences of former interns:
--Advantage of the Internship: Swimming Upstream in the Film Industry
--Advantage of the Internship: Benefits of a Creative Environment
--Participating in Film Club: Diverse Experiences with AFS
--Working AFS Events: Blogging the Spy Kids 4D Premiere
--Working AFS Events: Thomas Haden Church and Killer Joe
--Switching Career Paths: Designer to Filmmaker
After completing the internship semester, interns can apply to become apprentices to one of our departments. Apprentices take on professional responsibilities that align with a dedicated AFS department: Community Education; Artist Services; Programming; Austin Studios; Marketing; Development and the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Apprentices cultivate their interests and gain valuable contacts in the film-related field of their choice. Apprentices manage the new class of interns. Apprentices receive a monthly stipend. Only alumni of the internship program are eligible to apply for apprenticeships.
Hear from former Apprentices about their awesome experiences:
--Artist Services: TFPF Workshops, An Insider's Perspective
--Community Education: AFS Pilot Program Teaches Students Game Design
Film Referral Program
Interns who successfully complete a semester at AFS are eligible for our Film Referral Program (FRP), through which we help place our intern alumni in jobs. 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. Participants roll out of the program once they secure a full-time job or establish a dependable network of professional contacts. Only alumni of the internship program are eligible for participation in the Film Referral Program.
HOW DO I Apply for the Internship Program?
To apply for an internship with AFS, you must submit an online Internship Application form. Completed applications are due by 11:59 PM on the dates stated below.
To qualify for the intership, Applicants must:
--Be 18 years of age or older
--Be able to commit to an average of 15 hours per week
--Be able to commit to the semester calendar below
Note: All applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM on the following dates, and you can only apply for the upcoming semester
Fall — August 1
Spring — December 1
Summer — May 1
Fall 2012 — August 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, August 27, 2012; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Spring 2013 — January 7, 2013 - May 26, 2013 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, Januray 7, 2013; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Summer 2013 — May 20, 2013 - September 1, 2013 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, May 20, 2013; 2 - 6:00 PM)
Fall 2013 — August 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014 (Mandatory Orientation: Monday, August 26, 2013; 2 - 6:00 PM)
QUESTIONS and feedback
Have more questions about the internship and the application process? Visit our FAQ page>>>
You can also email our Deputy Director Sarah Ann Mockbee at email@example.com. No phone calls regarding your application.
We'd also love to hear from you via email if you have suggestions about improving this page and/or the application process. Thank you!