Internship Opportunities


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and make accessible the art of world cinema. Film screenings, distinguished panels and seminars, sold-out Tributes, gala events and educational programming attracts over 85,000 film enthusiasts, entertainment industry professionals and celebrities from around the world during the eleven days of the annual Festival. The planning of an event of this size and scope is not an easy task. The SBIFF office and all of its departments work hard year round preparing for the next Festival. Come Festival time, the office is a fast-paced, high-pressure machine.


SBIFF is recruiting dedicated, hard working interns who want to work in a fast-paced environment. Good communication and writing skills are a must, as well as multitasking and the ability to work independently. Customer service oriented individuals who act with professionalism is key.
In the months leading up to the Festival (Nov-Jan) this is a part time internship requiring a minimum of 20 hours a week; During the actual Festival (Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2015) availability must be flexible and a minimum of 40 hours is required.

Interns should be interested in one or more of the following: public relations and communications, marketing, administration, development, programming, business, web and graphic design, events and hospitality and of course, film and media.


Interns will be assigned to a department according to interest and qualifications. Assignments are flexible and interns may also become familiar with and learn specifics of other departments as well. By working in specific departments of the Festival, interns will have an opportunity to become specialized with a focus on projects over tasks.

Programming (September-February): Over 3000 films from all over the world are submitted and the programming department chooses a select number of elite films to screen at the SBIFF. Interns in this position deal with projects involving tracking film information such as their premiere status, researching creative new sidebars and assisting in scheduling the program. During the festival, interns would be responsible for updating the program with additional screening announcements, preparing Q&A’s and interacting with filmmakers.

Development (September-February): The Development department works with sponsors, building relationships between local, national and even global companies and SBIFF. An intern in this position would need to have good relational skills for interacting with important Festival sponsors. Projects may include tracking sponsors status, overseeing a sponsor’s activation and reporting on sponsor’s involvement. Attention to detail is necessary to ensure that the benefits in each sponsor’s agreement are delivered accurately and timely during the Festival.

Special Events (November-February): The Festival is full of special events from Celebrity Tribute After-parties with 300 passholders to the Opening Night Gala with 2,000 guests. SBIFF after-parties are not all glamour and require hard work and exceptional logistical orchestration. This intern position would assist the Special Events Coordinator with planning and execution of the various social events all with a professional work ethic.

Hospitality (December -February): Of the more than 200 films shown during the Festival, most have filmmakers in attendance from all over the world. Each filmmaker is a guest of SBIFF and requires accommodations and assistance in navigating the Festival. This intern would assist the Hospitality Liaison, working directly with hotels and resorts in Santa Barbara negotiating room nights and other amenities and making sure all the filmmakers get their accommodations and assist them any other needs they may have.

Volunteerism (December- February): The SBIFF cannot be possible without the 600+ Volunteers that support us. Assistance is needed with the recruitment, training and assignment of volunteers as well as with the management of the volunteers during the Festival.

Marketing (September-February): SBIFF is always looking for new ways to get its name out there. SBIFF creates advertisements, merchandise, banners, newscasts etc based up demographics, cost and other relevant variables. If you are interested in a career in marketing, this would be great experience to learn and put to work your own innovative marketing ideas. Actual graphic design skills with software like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign would be put to use in assisting with the design of ads, program guides, and smaller marketing materials.

Press and Public Relations (September-February): Learn how the Film Festival’s public relations department operates by assisting in preparing for and executing publicity campaigns for SBIFF. Responsibilities may include maintaining publicity files, including copying and filing articles, correspondence and information related to films and press; maintaining video library, telephoning press to establish and maintain contact; preparing and mailing press releases and press kits; generating correspondences; preparing press clippings; and miscellaneous projects.

Production (December -February): The intern would assist the Production Manager and the Technical Director with the planning and execution of the celebrity tributes, panels, Field Trip to the Movies and AppleBox programs.

VIP Liaison (December-February): This position calls for mature, well organized individuals with excellent communication skills and congeniality to assist with hosting VIP guests and donors.

Operations (Year round): Executing a production as complex as the Film Festival takes in inordinate amount of work and organization. The list runs long of projects and tasks that are tackled each and every day of the year at SBIFF. Operations is involved to some degree with all of the above departments and this department shows someone a glimpse of every aspect of what it takes to put on a Film Festival. The department also oversees the day of work for events such as venue management and ticketing.


To apply for an internship, please submit your resume and a cover letter to Thank you