Get behind the scenes of one of the most talked about up-and-coming festivals in the country, experience the excitement and buzz, the energetic volunteers, the beautiful venues, the visiting filmmakers, the beautiful weather, the rockin’ music and thrilling events as a Traverse City Film Festival Intern! We are now searching for our 2016 class.
The TCFF is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2005 by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. We offer full-time, unpaid internships for college students and young professionals who wish to acquire hands-on experience in festival management. Our full internships begin as early as May and festival-only internships begin July 15. All internships run through the Thursday after the festival, August 4.
If you’ve never been to Traverse City before it wont take long for you to call it home. As an Intern at the Traverse City Film Festival you not only network with fellow professionals in the industry, you work with volunteers from the whole community. Never before have I seen a city come together with such vigor and enthusiasm to promote films from all over the world. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. – Billy Schofield, Print Traffic Intern
REQUIREMENTS: TCFF internships are open to students from many areas of study. A note of warning: these are not your run-of-the-mill get coffee internships. Interns should be dependable, committed fast learners who are able to see projects through to completion. Interns should be organized while able to work in a fast-paced environment. Potential interns must have a working personal laptop computer and cell phone that can be used during the internship. Applicants interning for college credit are preferred.
There is no place to learn more about contemporary film culture, and no environment more beautiful than Traverse City. – Lindsey Brendel, Film Prep Intern
DESCRIPTION: We are looking for interns to help in one or more areas. Please download the Internship Position Descriptions document to read about each position and the Internship Questionnaire for more details about the program.
Business Administration and Fundraising
Festival Party Planning
Food Donation and Coordination
Graphic Design: Lead or Support
Graphic Design: Video Post-Production
Public Relations & Social Media
Box Office: Venue
COMPUTER SKILLS: Applicants should be very comfortable with computers; proficient with web browsers, Excel, and Word; and capable of basic computer troubleshooting. Experience with imaging, Photoshop and InDesign is a plus. Cross-platform experience is also a plus. Skill set requirements vary based on position, review the Internship Positions Descriptions for complete details. Interns MUST have their own working computer to bring to the internship — no exceptions.
DESIRABLE SKILLS: Please note in your cover letter any experience in the following: basic HTML, office management, movie theaters or film festivals. Please also detail any writing and communication skills, experience with detailed work, people and customer service skills, and organizational skills. If applying for a writing internship, please include a brief writing sample.
As an intern at TCFF, I was able to take on a high level of responsibility. I developed relevant professional skills that have empowered me at the beginning of my career. – Max Schwimmer, Music Intern
DATES AND HOURS: Full internships begin anywhere from mid-May to the first of July, depending on position. Festival-only internships begin July 15. All positions are full-time and all interns must be available through the Thursday after the festival, August 4. Festival internships run 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday during festival preparations. Shortly before and during the festival, hours will vary and daily schedules change based on position.
LOCATION: The festival is located in Downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Unfortunately, at this time, festival cannot provide housing for out of town interns, although we may know more closer to the festival. Please let us know if you need assistance finding housing for the internship. We can put you in contact with Northwestern Michigan College, where dorm rooms are available for a fee. Our interns in the past have often preferred to use Craig’s List, which often publishes listings for summer housing. Accepted interns will be able to connect via a TCFF intern Facebook group regarding housing and other summer plans.
Interning at TCFF has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The warm community and the exquisite location make for an unforgettable summer.You’ll be hard pressed to find an internship with as many opportunities to pursue personal interests and achieve professional goals. – Noelle Gibeson, Film Prep and Print Traffic Intern, Two Years
Some highlights from our Michigan State Students in 2015!
TO APPLY: Please send your resume, internship questionnaire (download below), unofficial transcript and a cover letter explaining your interest in the Festival internship program, along with your pertinent experience and qualifications, to Susan Fisher at email@example.com.
Please submit applications by April 10, 2016. Interviews will be conducted upon availability in Traverse City for those who can join us and via Skype for those who cannot make the trip at a time to be determined. A few interns may be accepted and notified early.