VOLUNTEER / INTERNSHIPS
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VOLUNTEER / INTERNSHIPS
- Curatorial / Film Festival / Admin Internship
- Archives/Special Collections Internship
- General On-Call Volunteers
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 (presented theatrically and online), 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 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.
GET INVOLVED! San Francisco Cinematheque’s Internship Program is 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 to 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 Mission and history as well as administrative and curatorial operations
- 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; our physical and online archives; our publications; and the vibrant community of artists, enthusiasts and organizations who support us.
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. Free access to Cinematheque’s public screenings, physical (and online) archives and online video collection are offered as benefits of internship.
While Cinematheque’s administrative address, archives and (most) public screenings are in San Francisco, effective 2020, Cinematheque’s staff works entirely remotely. For this reason, internships are also remote work experiences, with all communication taking place online via text/chat/video and/or by telephone. As remote experiences, Internships are available to any interested parties worldwide (although the ability to work synchronously is preferred). As mentioned above, access to public screenings is offered as a local benefit of internship as are one-on-one meetings with staff (if desired). Due to the remote nature of our current Internships, Cinematheque is unable to provide work computers to applicants.
To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.
CURATORIAL / FILM FESTIVAL / ADMIN INTERNSHIP
Start Date: Mid-September 2022
Desired Availability: 5–7 hours/week, to be determined based on intern availability and Cinematheque office schedule. All work to be done remotely (i.e. intern will not work in Cinematheque’s physical office). Availability to work synchronously with staff (at a schedule to be determined) is strongly preferred. Keeping in mind this preference for synchronous work, this Internship is open to any interested party, regardless of geographical location.
Minimum Commitment: Preference is given to applicants who can commit to working through December 15, 2022. A commitment through May 15, 2023 (or beyond) is ideal.
Description: This hybrid internship will support the work of San Francisco in three areas: Curatorial/Film Festival Administration, Communications and General Operations. It is ideal for those interested in contemporary international avant-garde cinema, film festival curatorial and administrative processes and in non-profit arts administration in general. This position will work closely with Cinematheque’s Artistic Director and Administrative Associate on all aspects of planning and executing CROSSROADS 2023, will also support Cinematheque’s year-round online and theatrical programming and general organizational operations. For complete details on Cinematheque’s mission, history, projects and operations, including its annual CROSSROADS festival, general programming (online and theatrical) work, publications and archives, please see www.sfcinematheque.org.
In regards to Curatorial/Film Festival operations, internship provides experience in the following areas:
- Management of film submission databases
- Correspondence with filmmakers and artists
- Management of print traffic and digital video file transfer and storage
- Tracking and analyzing web analytics for online programs
- Text compilation, copy editing and design proofing of program guide, online texts and web pages
- Additional assistance to Festival and Artistic Director as needed
- Additional general administrative support
In regards to Communications and General Non-Profit Arts Administration, internship provides experience in the following areas:
- Development and execution of promotional campaigns (online and print), including the creation of publicity and marketing collateral (including social media, online & print announcements, press releases, invitations, flyers and postal mailings)
- Creation of regular e-newsletter announcements
- General maintenance of Cinematheque’s website
- Moderation of social media platforms
- Creation/preparation of web-ready media, such as audio, video, GIFs and images
- Development and & maintenance of internal press archive
- Additional general administrative support of organization
Preferred Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:
- A strong interest in contemporary and historic experimental/underground/avant-garde cinema
- Interest in and enthusiasm for Cinematheque’s history, mission and curatorial vision
- A sense of professionalism with regard to representing the organization
- An enthusiasm for developing relationships with artists, audiences and other segments of our community
- Strong attention to detail and organization; a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility
- Basic working knowledge of administrative applications and “cloud platforms” including email, Google Workspace Dropbox, WordPress and/or Vimeo. Experience with video editing or graphic design ideal (but not required)
- Ability to take direction but also work independently where required
- Previous administrative or management experience is a plus
To apply for this internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!