PAID 2019 Summer Internships

With generous support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the IDA is offering three full-time summer student paid internships! Come work with us and learn the ins and outs of working in an arts organization. The internships run 10 weeks, starting no sooner than June 1, 2019 and ending by August 25, 2019. The weekly pay for these full-time positions is $570.


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, 2019 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1- September 1, 2019 in order to be eligible to participate.

Students who have already earned a BA, BS or a higher degree on or before April 30, 2019 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.

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

Arts Education Internship

Duties and responsibilities

Working closely with the International Documentary Association's Educational Programs Manager, the Educational Programs Intern's primary project will be to help with the development, planning, marketing, and execution of the IDA’s distinguished filmmaker Conversation Series, IDA Master Classes and other documentary arts educational programs. Collectively, these programs 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 and filmmaker support services;

  • Researching educational programming and filmmaker supports produced by peer arts organizations;

  • Drafting copy describing IDA's educational events;

  • Conducting promotional outreach to publicize events;

  • Drafting copy for communications with attendees;

  • Coordinating video assets with program instructors and participants;

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

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

The Intern will also:

  • Assist the Educational Programs Manager with review and approval of edited videos of educational sessions for posting on the IDA website;

  • Help maintain the IDA's educational programs video and audio archive and other filmmaker service databases;

  • Conduct research on filmmaker services and educational program partnership opportunities;

  • Advise on the development of a potential diversity-driven initiative that would provide artists with disabilities and young people of color with entrance pathways into 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, Adobe, 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.

How to apply

Please complete this form, upload your cover letter and resume. No phone calls or drop-ins, please. Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019.

Documentary Magazine Internship

Duties and responsibilities

Working closely with the Editor of Documentary Magazine, the International Documentary Association's quarterly print publication and weekly online digest, the Documentary Magazine Intern's primary project will be to help support the production and distribution of North America's premier publication devoted solely to the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling. The publication's online audience ranges from seasoned and critically-acclaimed filmmakers to documentary enthusiasts, and the magazine is distributed in more than 55 countries around the world.

The Internship will be best suited for a student who wants to learn more about film commentary and criticism, printing and distribution of arts-related publications, and online audience engagement and community-building in the arts.

Responsibilities will include:

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

  • Writing and copy-editing blog posts;

  • Supporting ongoing digitization and web maintenance of the magazine's content online;

  • Participating in collaborative discussions centered on editorial strategy and planning; and

  • Coordinating the collation of materials for publication and helping update and maintain subscription and mailing lists.

Other additional activities may include:

  • Mining the Documentary Magazine website pages to identify gaps between print and digitized content;

  • Participating in editorial and staff meetings; and

  • Conducting a diversity audit of Documentary Magazine and proposing suggestions to make the publication more reflective and responsive to the needs of filmmakers from groups underrepresented in the film industry, such as filmmakers of color and filmmakers with disabilities.

  • Should the Intern wish to develop their professional portfolio of film writing, we would eagerly support mentorship in the area of film commentary and criticism. Specifically, the Intern would be responsible for undertaking a summer-long research and writing project that would culminate in an article for Documentary Magazine. The Intern would be given guidance and mentorship in all aspects of this work, including developing a concept, conducting research, interviewing and transcription, drafting and final review for publication.

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

  • Interest in documentary film/nonfiction media and/or arts criticism and commentary

How to apply

Please complete this form, upload your cover letter and resume. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.  Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019.

Event Planning Internship

Duties and responsibilities

The Program and Events Intern will work with the IDA Awards Competition Manager in developing, promoting, marketing, and executing several of the IDA’s signature public artistic programs, including the IDA Documentary Awards.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Awards Competition Manager in reviewing submissions and managing judges for the annual IDA Documentary Awards competition and ceremony;

  • Providing oral and written information to filmmakers, distribution companies and publicists, for example, relating to IDA Documentary Awards submission eligibility;

  • Quality control of video links and judging platform;

  • Assisting with research, outreach, and invitation of filmmakers and producers;

  • Tracking main film festivals of the year and their awards and selections;

  • Preparing and sending all films submitted to the Awards to appropriate film adjudication committees;

  • Preparing and maintain all adjudication committee tracking documents;

  • Serving as a point of contact for adjudication committee chairs, including assisting them with records, questions, and scheduling;

  • Researching and cataloging film festival content, as it pertains to the Awards;

  • Helping market and promote IDA’s signature programs, including the IDA Documentary Awards.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining a database

  • Copy-writing

  • Watching and evaluating film submission screeners

Skills, Knowledge, Other Requirements

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

  • Ability to correspond professionally by phone and email, in a courteous and competent manner;

  • 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 a plus.

How to apply

Please complete this form, upload your cover letter and resume. No phone calls or drop-ins, please. Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019.

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—while supporting a great organization. IDA interns work with the Programs and Events Departments 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. Interns must receive school credit. 

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

IDA is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. We provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to  sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.