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VOLUNTEER / INTERNSHIPS

VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

GET INVOLVED! San Francisco Cinematheque’s internship program has always been, and continues to be vital to our success and vibrancy within the Bay Area’s cultural landscape and to our international position. Our internships allow participants to develop professional-level responsibilities, receive training and guidance from our knowledgeable staff, and strengthen the capacity of a high-impact, low-resource non-profit arts organization. Interns should be interested in working in a non-profit arts environment and possess strong communication and computer skills. An interest in avant-garde and experimental media is preferred, but not required.

In seeking interns, we aspire to:

  • provide opportunities for arts administrative and curatorial training within a small non-profit media arts organization
  • provide a comprehensive understanding of Cinematheque’s administrative and curatorial initiatives
  • encourage a passion for our mission via engagement with the wealth of Cinematheque’s cultural resources, including our public screenings and online exhibitions; annual film festival; paper archive and publications; DVD, VHS and online film collections as well as the vibrant community of artists, enthusiasts and organizations who support us.

All internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 5–7 hours per week and approximately a 4–6 month commitment (unless otherwise indicated). We are able to give course credit for internships through many educational institutions but it is not required that applicants be pursuing course credit to intern with Cinematheque.

NOTE for 2020: Cinematheque’s San Francisco office space is currently closed. All staff are “working from home.” Until further notice, Cinematheque internships will be remote work experiences, with all communication taking place online and/or by telephone. Staff/intern Interactions can be either synchronous or asynchronous (or a combination of the two) depending on individual needs, schedules and timezones. 2020 Internships are available to any interested parties worldwide.

To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to sfc@sfcinematheque.org. Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.

NOTE: All internship positions for 2020 are currently filled.


COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Start Date: POSITION FILLED

Minimum Commitment: To be determined based on schedule and availability. A commitment through December 2020 is strongly desired. A commitment through the June 2021 presentation of the CROSSROADS film festival is ideal.

Desired Availability: 5–7 hours/week on a schedule to be determined. Currently all work will be done remotely. Staff/intern Interactions can be either synchronous or asynchronous (or a combination of the two) depending on individual needs, schedules and timezones. 2020 Internships are available to any interested parties worldwide.

The Communications internship is ideal for those with a passion for community engagement, outreach, social media and audience development on digital and online platforms. This position will work closely with Cinematheque’s Administrative Associate on all aspects of the organization’s public relations (on digital platforms) which support our year-round programming and annual CROSSROADS film festival (scheduled for June 2021). To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to sfc@sfcinematheque.org. Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Know and understand Cinematheque’s mission and curatorial vision
  • Develop, schedule and create publicity and marketing collateral (including social media, online and print announcements, press releases, invitations, flyers and mailings)
  • Draft and post e-newsletter announcements, calendar listings and event postings to website, social media and all relevant sites
  • Moderate and track social media platforms, primarily Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but also Tweetdeck, Vimeo and more.
  • Prepare and format web-ready media, such as audio, video and images
  • Coordinate, assist and support documentation of live programs for inclusion on digital platforms
  • Maintain mailing lists; compile, organize and distribute outreach materials for events
  • Prepare press kits and materials, working with the staff to compile and organize media for distribution
  • Compile records of all press coverage; develop, update and maintain a press database
  • Research and develop outreach opportunities
  • Additional general administrative support of organization

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • An enthusiasm for developing relationships with the organizations, patrons, members and artists who create and support our community
  • A sense of professionalism with regard to representing the organization
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Proficiency in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and Vimeo). A personal Facebook account is required for this internship.
  • Working knowledge of Google cloud computing applications
  • Ability to take direction but also work independently where required
  • Previous communications and graphic design experience a plus
  • Photography and video editing skills a plus


CURATORIAL/FESTIVAL INTERNSHIP

Start Date:POSITION FILLED

Minimum Commitment: To be determined based on schedule and availability. A commitment through December 2020 is required. A commitment through the June 2021 presentation of the CROSSROADS film festival is ideal.

Desired Availability: 5–7 hours/week on a schedule to be determined. Currently all work will be done remotely. Staff/intern Interactions can be either synchronous or asynchronous (or a combination of the two) depending on individual needs, schedules and timezones. 2020 Internships are available to any interested parties worldwide.

Cinematheque’s Curatorial/Film Festival internship is ideal for those interested in learning about  contemporary international avant-garde cinema, about film festival curatorial and administrative processes and about non-profit arts administration in general. This position will work closely with Cinematheque’s Artistic Director and Technical Directors in curating and promoting seasonal screenings and events and on all aspects of planning and executing CROSSROADS 2021*. To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to sfc@sfcinematheque.org. Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.

*CROSSROADS is Cinematheque’s annual film festival celebrating recent (and rediscovered) artist-made film, video and performance cinema. Founded in 2010, each year CROSSROADS presents a diverse lineup of contemporary avant-garde/experimental film/video work from the international community. In its eleven years of existence, CROSSROADS has emerged as a significant international film/video showcase, having become a choice festival for filmmakers to premiere and screen work, and a destination festival for engaged curators, film enthusiasts, like-minded filmmakers and loyal community members. CROSSROADS 2021 is scheduled to take place in June as a hybrid online/cinema space festival, public safety policies permitting.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:   

  •  Management of film submission databases
  • Correspondence with filmmakers and artists
  • Management of print traffic and digital video file transfer and storage
  • Assist with tracking and analyzing web analytics for online programs
  • Text compilation, copy editing and design proofing of program guide and online texts
  • Organization and management of filmmakers’ party in conjunction with Cinematheque staff and Board
  • Additional assistance to Festival and Artistic Director as needed
  •  Additional general administrative support

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • A sense of professionalism with regard to representing the organization
  • A strong interest in contemporary and historic experimental/underground/avant-garde cinema
  • An enthusiasm for developing relationships with artists, festival sponsors, audiences and other segments of our community
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Working knowledge of Google cloud computing applications
  • Ability to take direction but also work independently where required
  • Previous administrative or management experience a plus

ARCHIVES/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP

Start Date: POSITION FILLED

Minimum Commitment: To be determined based on schedule and availability. A commitment through December 2020 is strongly desired. A commitment through May 2021 is ideal.

Desired Availability: 5–7 hours/week on a schedule to be determined. Currently all work will be done remotely. Staff/intern Interactions can be either synchronous or asynchronous (or a combination of the two) depending on individual needs, schedules and timezones.

This Internship is available to any interested parties worldwide.

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

Founded in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is a non-profit media arts presenter dedicated to the cultivation of the international field of non-commercial artist-made cinema through curated exhibitions (including an annual film festival), through the creation of publications and online resources documenting the field, and by maintaining a publicly accessible research archive. Through our work San Francisco Cinematheque inspires aesthetic dialog among artists, stimulates critical discourse around the field and encourages appreciation of artist-made cinema across the broader cultural landscape. For complete information on our programming and work, please see www.sfcinematheque.org

Through the course of its 59-year history, San Francisco Cinematheque has created numerous publications documenting the international field of avant-garde/experimental media and artist-made film. Since 1985, SFC has created artist monographs, edited anthologies and critical studies documenting our field. Artists represented have included filmmakers Stephanie Barber, Gordon Matta-Clark, Lynn Marie Kirby, Lynne Sachs, Scott Stark and others. Special topics documented in SFC publications include a history of Austrian avant-garde film, oral histories of the moving image, “sentience” as it relates to the art of filmmaking, and the history of small-gauge artists’ cinema in the United States.

The Archives & Special Collections Internship will support Cinematheque’s current publication project—Craig Baldwin: Science in Action!—an ambitious print publication chronicling the lifework of the renowned Bay Area media artist, curator and cultural icon. The Archives & Special Collections Intern will work under the guidance of Cinematheque staff to assess, organize and catalog an extensive collection of digital images relating to this project. This internship will be focused solely on working with digital files derived from digitized  mixed-media and paper ephemera collections and will provide experience in managing digital collections as well as online databases.

QUALIFICATIONS: This professional-level position is open to general applicants but ideally suited to those actively enrolled in an Masters of Library and Information Science program (or equivalent), particularly those with an archives or digital archives concentration. Knowledge of Bay Area film and media culture, and/or of experimental film history and culture are desired but not at all required. Persons with enthusiasm for or interest in non-institutional artistic practice and a passion for archiving and documenting underground culture are especially encouraged to apply. This internship is unpaid.

SUPERVISION: This internship will be supervised by San Francisco Cinematheque’s Artistic Director/Archivist Steve Polta. Steve Polta has worked in the field of experimental film (as an artist, administrator and curator) since 1995 and has over 20 years experience managing Cinematheque’s onsite archives. He has also worked independently on archives projects and special collections relating to experimental, orphaned and otherwise alternative media for institutions including the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, the Internet Archive, New York University/Bobst Library, Prelinger Archives, SFMOMA and Stanford University. He earned his MLIS from San José State University in 2011.

Application Process Description: Please email resume and letter of interest to sfc@sfcinematheque.org.


VOLUNTEER

Year-round event assistance volunteer opportunities are also available: Selling membership and merchandise, handing out program notes, box office assistance, beverage sales, event set-up and breakdown. Anyone willing to undertake these worthy and gratifying activities, please email us, we’d love to work with you!