Internship Opportunities

To apply for an internship, please click here to fill out an application and submit your resume and a cover letter.



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 90,000 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 10 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: development, business administration, public relations and communications, 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.

Customer Service (January-February):

Donor Relations (January-February): This position calls for mature, well-organized individuals with excellent communication skills and congeniality to assist with hosting donors and select VIPs.

Graphic Design/Marketing (November-January): SBIFF markets themselves and their events through a variety of methods, print and web ads, posters, social media and multiple program guides. Interns in this position would assist with these avenues of marketing with a heavy emphasis on the design and assembly of the marketing materials. Graphic design skills with software knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are a must.

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

Operations (Year round): Executing a production as complex as the Film Festival takes an 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 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.

Production (December-February): The intern position 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. During the festival, they have laborious work in putting together the step and repeat, red carpet, and making sure the execution of each event runs seamlessly.

Programming (September-February): Over 3000 films from all over the world are submitted to the programming department who 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&As and interacting with filmmakers.

Press and Industry Relations (January-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, generating correspondence and information related to films and press, telephoning press to establish and maintain contact, preparing and mailing press releases and press kits and clippings.

Special Events (November-February): The Festival is full of special events from Celebrity Tribute After-parties with 300 passholders to the Opening Night Gala that entertains 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. Throughout the festival events occur throughout the day from 9am to 2am.

Sponsor Relations (September-February): The Development department works with sponsors, donors and building relationships between local, national and even global companies. An intern in this position would need to have good relational skills for interacting with important Festival sponsors and donors. 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.

Volunteer Coordination (December-February): SBIFF cannot be possible without the 600+ Volunteers that support us. Assistance is needed with the recruitment, training and volunteer schedule management. During the Festival, interns in this position would be responsible for the schedule management of the many volunteers and should be well organized and have great communication skills.


To apply for an internship, please click here to fill out an application and submit your resume and a cover letter.