PAID 2016 Summer Internships

With generous support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the IDA is pleased to offer two full-time, paid summer student internships: Events Intern and Web and Information Technology Intern. Both of these opportunities are for 10 weeks, starting no sooner than June 6, 2016 and ending by August 26, 2016. The weekly pay for these full time positions is $420.


Events Intern

Working with the Director of Educational Programs and Programs and Events Manager, the Events Intern will play an essential role in building upon the International Documentary Association’s acclaimed public and educational programs’ history as high-caliber resources for the Southern California community of nonfiction filmmakers, industry professionals and film lovers.


  • Assist in the development, planning, marketing and execution of the International Documentary Association’s signature programs, including Doc U; the GETTING REAL 2016 conference; the IDA Documentary Awards; and the IDA Screening Series
  • Research and develop copy about events in each program
  • Research advertising rates and outlets
  • Research and report on programs produced by peer arts organizations
  • Research potential topics and formats for future educational and public programs
  • Research and catalogue films across the film festival circuit
  • Outreach to filmmakers and other participants
  • Coordinate media assets
  • Correspond with attendees
  • Take part in onsite, day-of-event activities such as setup and breakdown

Desired Skills and Requirements:

  • Facility with Google Chrome applications, MS Word and MS Excel
  • Ability to correspond professionally by phone and email, in a courteous and competent manner
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Availability to participate in some evening events (2-3 over the 10-week period)


Web and Information Technology Intern

Working with the IDA’s Digital Production and Design Associate and other staff as needed, the Web and Informational Technology Intern will play an important role in developing both inward- and outward-facing technological infrastructure at the International Documentary Association, the only nonprofit in our region—and one of few anywhere—dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. 


  • Developing systems to record information about event participants, partner organizations, sponsors and supporters
  • Organizing and posting to our website historical data about the IDA Documentary Awards, the world’s preeminent celebration of nonfiction filmmaking
  • Managing listings for educational and public programs in the Eventbrite online ticketing platform
  • Managing individual records in our newly launched Salesforce database
  • Posting various content to our website
  • Updating event and program information at our website

Desired Skills and Requirements:

  • Strong written, verbal and organizational skills
  • Experience with Gmail and Google Apps
  • Knowledge of HTML5 and CSS preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of Drupal, Wordpress, or other CMS preferred but not required
  • Experience with Excel, Salesforce, databases, or other data management systems preferred but not required
  • Experience with Eventbrite, Constant Contact, or similar online platforms preferred but not required
  • Experience with graphic design fundamentals preferred but not required


Student Eligibility

Positions are limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (2- or 4-year) college students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2016 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1- September 1, 2016 in order to be eligible to participate. Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree on or before April 30, 2016 are not eligible. Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time. Candidates can come from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the arts. All college students regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply to participate in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. Students invited to participate in the program must provide a copy of their college transcripts, student ID and driver’s license, if available, to verify undergraduate enrollment or recent graduation and LA County residence.


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 (“Events” or “Web and IT”) followed by "LACAC Internship 2016" in the subject line.

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 more than 100 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