PAID 2017 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: Educational Programs Intern and Filmmaker Services Internship. Both of these opportunities are for 10 weeks, starting no sooner than June 5, 2017 and ending by August 25, 2017. The weekly pay for these full time positions is $480.


Educational Programs Internship

Duties and responsibilities

Working closely with the International Documentary Association's Educational Programs Manager, the Educational Programs Intern will assist in in the development, planning, marketing and execution of the IDA’s Conversation Series and Master Class programs, which serve documentary filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film lovers. Responsibilities will include:

  • Researching critical issues in the documentary field to develop ideas for future programming;

  • Researching educational programming produced by peer arts organizations;

  • Developing copy describing each IDA educational event;

  • Conducting promotional outreach to publicize events;

  • Developing copy for communications with attendees;

  • Coordinate video assets with program instructors and participants;

  • Taking part in onsite, day-of-event activities such as setup and breakdown; and

  • Developing an original programming concept that they pitch to IDA leadership staff at the internship’s conclusion.

Additional activities

Assisting Educational Programs Manager with review and approval of edited videos of educational sessions for posting on website.

  • Assisting with the organization of the IDA's educational programs video and audio archive

  • Researching potential programming/promotional partners in markets outside Los Angeles;

  • Advising on the development of a potential diversity-driven internship fund that would provide young people of color with entrée to the professional nonfiction filmmaking field.

Skills, Knowledge, Other Requirements

  • Facility with Google Chrome applications, MS Word and MS Excel;

  • Experience with Photoshop, HTML and editing platforms (Final Cut, Avid, etc.) a plus;

  • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills;

  • Availability to participate in some weekday evening and Saturday morning events (4-6 over the 10-week period); and

  • Interest in documentary film/nonfiction media.


Filmmaker Services Internship

Duties and responsibilities:

The Filmmaker Services Intern will mantle Who Funds What: Mapping the Funder Landscape, a research project of potential benefit to the entire documentary field. This effort will entail researching funding sources—including private investment, foundation and government grants, sponsorships and individual donations—for up to 20 nonfiction films that the intern will select in partnership with IDA staff. The Filmmaker Services Intern will collect funding data from the selected films’ closing credits and by conducting outreach to the filmmakers. He or she will in turn develop a matrix of films, funders and genres that will identify trends in how films are being funded; including which genres of are receiving financial support, and which organizations are funding them.

Additional activities

As necessary, the Filmmaker Services Intern will conduct outreach to filmmakers enrolled in the IDA’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program to collect updated images for use in their respective online fundraising profiles at Additionally, the Filmmaker Services Intern may be called upon to provide assistance; including check-in, setup and breakdown; at IDA Filmmaker Services works-in-progress screenings and other events.

Skills, Knowledge, Other Requirements

  • Facility with Google Chrome applications, MS Word and MS Excel

  • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills;

  • Understanding of databases and content management software; and

  • Availability to participate in weekday evening events (up to 3 over the 10-week period)


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, 2017 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1- September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible to participate. Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree on or before April 30, 2017 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 email resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications, experience and the specific reasons why you are applying for this internship to by April 29, 2017. Include "Filmmaker Services Internship 2017" 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 educational programs, 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