Internship Opportunities

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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 two weeks of the Festival in January, availability must be flexible and a minimum of 40 hours is required.



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)

The Ticketing department facilitates ticket and pass sales and will call which distributes over 50,000 tickets and passes.
Intern tasks may include:
– Processing walk in and phone orders
– Looking up and distributing orders
– Answering questions and explaining how tickets and passes work

Donor Relations (January-February)

The VIP department oversees the benefits of the 30+ donors that include Private Access, Concierge and Jury passholders.
Intern tasks may include:
– Reserving and monitoring seats
– Greeting and escorting donors to their seats
– Working the door at certain events to monitor the guest list

Graphic Design/Marketing (November-January)

The Graphic Design and Marketing department oversees the production of print and web ads, posters, social media and multiple program guides. Software knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are a must.
Intern tasks may include:
– Facilitate content for social media
– Assemble program guides
– Design print and web ads

Hospitality/Concierge (December-February)

The Hospitality department acquires hotel rooms from sponsors and partners and facilitates placing filmmakers and VIPs. They check in all filmmakers upon arrival to Santa Barbara and act as concierge throughout the Festival.
Intern tasks may include:
– Check in and orient filmmakers upon arrival
– Answer the Festival main telephone line and help guests
– Oversee the Rosebud Suite at Hotel Santa Barbara

Operations (Year round)

The Operations department oversees the day to day work for each department and makes sure every element is executed precisely.
Intern tasks may include:
– Research projects that improve systems (i.e. new software, equipment or policies)
– Assist all departments depending on needs
– Setup and maintain venues (i.e. supplies and equipment)

Production (December-February)

The Production department plans, executes the operations for the front and back of house for larger Festival events such as Celebrity Tributes, Panels, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies and AppleBox Family Films.
Intern tasks may include:
– Setup the road closures, step and repeats, red carpet and barricades for all red carpet events
– Seamlessly facilitating the admission of 2,000 guests to each event
– Tracking all movement and reserved seating for sponsors, donors and industry guests

Programming (September-February)

The Programming department receives over 3,000 film submissions and must select 200 of those to screen at SBIFF.
Intern tasks may include:
– Enter and evaluate film submissions on WithoutaBox
– Obtain and manage film materials for pocket guide and website
– During festival, updated any changes on schedule grids

Press and Industry Relations (January-February)

The PR department works with the hundreds of press, industry guests, and filmmakers in facilitating film and event press coverage, interviews and arrival of industry guests.
Intern tasks may include:
– Check in press upon arrival and at events
– Obtain press clippings/links
– Contact press and filmmakers to arrange interviews

Special Events (November-February)

The Special Events department plans & executes an estimated 50+ events that occur over the 11 days of the Festival between the hours of 9am and 2am.
Intern tasks may include:
– Finding & securing culinary partners through in kind trade agreements
– Securing proper permits and licenses for all events
– Event execution including entrance into events, oversight of food & beverage, music partners and volunteer duties

Sponsor Relations (September-February)

The Development department works with sponsors, donors and building relationships between local, national and global companies.
Intern tasks may include:
– Facilitating sponsor benefits such as ensuring banners and logos are placed at appropriate locations
– Escorting VIP sponsors to their reserved seats
– Working with the Development photography team to make sure sponsor moments are captured

Volunteer Coordination (December-February)

The Volunteer department recruits, trains and schedules 700 volunteers.
Intern tasks may include:
– Distribute Volunteer passes, training guide and t-shirts
– Track Volunteer hours
– Call Volunteers to confirm work schedules and to try to fill open shifts


To apply for an internship, please click here to fill out an application and submit your resume and the application to

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