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How Do I Get A Film Internship?

Wondering how to get film internships while still in undergrad? Check out our tips for finding and securing film internships.

As a very popular medium of entertainment, film brings so much color and creativity to storytelling. Being a film intern for a semester or for the summer can be an exciting way to get some hands on experience with the profession. And while film as a larger concept can be overwhelming, there are many different parts to film you can try during your internship. 

What does a film intern do?

Since there are a lot of moving parts to making a film, there are a lot of roles someone on set or behind the scenes could fill. That being said, there are many different tasks that a film intern might be concerned with. Some common tasks could include: editing videos and photos, researching a variety of topics, working lighting and sound, or taking on a more administrative role by answering calls or emails. Making a film takes a whole crew, and there are many roles you possibly fill on it that you can try out! 

How do I find a film internship?

If you’re wondering how to get an internship in film for summer 2021, try looking on Handshake under filtered searches like “film internships near me.” Handshake allows you to really focus on sports focused employers where you might want to work and even network with past interns who might also be alumni from your school. And if you’re looking for a film internship in a particular location for summer 2021, try searching for openings by using filters like “film internships Los Angeles” or “film internships NYC.”

How do I get a film internship with no experience?

If you’re interested in getting a film internship, but have no prior experience, it’s key to play to your strengths and show that you’re eager to learn. You can search for film internships on Handshake to first get a feel of the requirements that they usually list for their interns. After that, list in your resume and cover letter experiences and previous roles you’ve had where the skills translate over. For example, if you’ve taken a video production class course or have had experience in an applicable group project, mention it! 

When should I start applying for film internships?

For most positions, sooner searching for your internship rather than later! If you are planning to have a summer film internship, we recommend starting to look for internship positions no later than the season prior. Many industries prefer to recruit as early as the fall, so staying up to date on fall virtual career fairs will be helpful in securing a role! Each company has different deadlines for applications, so sooner is usually better! If you’re searching for a role during the school year, it’s best to get on applying 3-6 months prior so you can inform your internship of your other obligations and classes.

It’s also really important to keep in mind that your university’s career services center will have great insight about specific recruitment periods at your school. Make sure to sign up for a meeting with your career advisor at the start of the school year for additional help in planning ahead!

How much do film interns make?

Because the industries that require film interns vary, there’s no standard answer for a film internship payscale. If you’re wondering how much your film internship will pay, it might be best to inquire directly with the company you’re considering taking an internship with.. Some internship programs will offer only class credits, while many others are more keen to compensate their interns with an hourly rate or a set stipend.

What skills are relevant for film interns?

  • Strong storytelling skills
  • High attention to detail and organization
  • Great teamwork and communication skills
  • Knowledge of editing softwares

Where do film interns work?

Film interns can take their learnings and work into different job roles like Film & Video Editors, Directors, Actors, and Producers. They also can work for many different types of companies, like our constantly growing list of employers hiring now.

How do I write a cover letter for an internship?

Take a look at some great cover letter writing tips to boost your confidence and ace your internship application! And if you need a place to start, try our free cover letter template download here, or reach out to your school’s career center for personalized cover letter guidance.