PAID Summer 2015 Internships

With generous support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the IDA is pleased to offer two paid summer internships for undergraduate students who currently reside or are enrolled in a college or university located in Los Angeles County. Both of these opportunities are for 10-weeks, starting no sooner than June 1, 2015 and ending by August 21, 2015. The weekly pay for these full time positions is $400.

Educational Programs Intern

Working directly with the International Documentary Association's Director of Educational Programs and Strategic Partnerships, the Educational Programs Intern will assist in the planning and execution of Doc U, IDA's educational series of public programs, which serve the career development needs of documentary filmmakers. This work will involve research and writing about each event; communication with filmmakers and other participants; the coordination of media assets and correspondence with attendees; and onsite "day of event" activities, such as setup and breakdown. The intern will also play a key role in carrying out the IDA's follow-up activities and events for GETTING REAL, our 2014 documentary film conference. This will involve collaborating with both IDA staff and outside groups as directed.

Required Skills

• Facility with Google mail and other Google apps; • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills; • Interest in documentary film/nonfiction media; • Availability to work during Doc U events, which usually occur twice per month on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Programs and Events Department Intern

The Programs and Events Department Intern will work with the Programs and Events Manager in developing, promoting, marketing and executing several of the IDA's signature programs, including the IDA Documentary Awards and Screening Series. Responsibilities will include researching advertising rates and outlets; researching peer organization events and analyzing data in comparison to the IDA's events; and researching and cataloguing films across the film festival circuit. 

Required Skills

• Facility with Google Chrome applications, MS Word and MS Excel; • Experience with Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and HTML a plus; • Interest in documentary filmmaking, including as producer or director; and/or interest in marketing and publicity for documentary films; • Ability to correspond professionally by phone and email, in a courteous and competent manner; • Availability to participate in some evening events (2-3 over the 10 week period).

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter briefly detailing your qualifications and experience, and explaining your specific interest in the internship, to Include the name of the internship which you are applying for (“Educational Programs” or “Programs and Events Department”) followed by "LACAC Internship 2015" in the subject line. All positions have been filled.


About LACAC-funded Internships

These internships are sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 107 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at

Year-round IDA Internships Opportunities

Interning at the IDA is an excellent way to learn about the world of documentary filmmaking, enhance your skills and build your resume—all while supporting a great organization. IDA interns work with the Programs and Events Department to produce Doc U, the IDA Documentary Screening Series, the IDA Documentary Awards, and DocuDay. As an IDA Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to attend IDA events, interact with some of your favorite filmmakers and grow your production, editing, social media and design skills.

For more information about how to become an IDA intern, please contact