DFS Internship Program
The Dallas Film Society offers unpaid internships each semester to college students seeking credit, knowledge and experience. DFS partners with 12 colleges and universities in the North Texas Area. All positions include researching, assisting staff, attending DFS events and, in the spring, working at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Interns help coordinate both the Festival and year-round screenings and events. In doing so, they become familiar with other Dallas industry groups, venues, and tools that may help them start their career in the film industry. Interns are in constant contact with DFS members at our various events. They gain customer service, verbal and written skills, and they learn how to make quick decisions and problem solve on the spot.
There are opportunities in all DFS departments that interns can apply for—Membership & Education, Sponsorship, Press and Publicity, Marketing, Special Events, Operations and more. In our Programming department, interns aid in the Festival submission process, by researching and tracking future film releases and distribution deals as well as participating in the screening process. Interns also learn how the industry is a mix of art and business as they help the department with the many details that go into programming a film festival.
“I have had internships before, but by far, interning with the Dallas Film Society was the most fulfilling. It gave me a rare insight into the business side of the festival and film circuit; an exposure to the industry that is very hard to find outside of California and unique to Dallas. As an intern, I was able to help the society put on the annual Dallas International Film Festival, which was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. My time with the DFS was rewarding, challenging, and ultimately beneficial to my career. Quickly after my internship with the DFS I was able to find a full-time position within the film industry, with my employers specifically citing working with the DFS and film festival as major pluses. I am very thankful for my time as an intern and wish the best for the Dallas Film Society.”—Andy Anderson
DFS has many returning interns every year. We are overjoyed to see all of them strive to be filmmakers and succeed in the industry. Some of our interns come back as Festival employees, sit on high school roundtable panels and assist the staff with introductions and Q&As during the Festival. They get the opportunity to witness and obtain a better understanding of the film industry. DFS interns have gone on to work various jobs including postproduction studios, Sundance Film Festival and even start their own media production companies. The Dallas Film Society’s internship program is one of the main initiatives of our education program and continues to bring more opportunities to students and young filmmakers in North Texas.
“Working at Dallas Film Society was a very fulfilling and educational experience. I got an in depth look at what it takes to program and plan a two week festival. Even though I was not a film major, there was still a spot for me working with in the Education and Membership department. I learned a lot about non-profit management, such as, membership retention, marketing, customer service, as well as getting the community and students involved and educating them about the ever-progressing world of film not only in Texas, but also all over the world.”—Jennifer Dworkin
DFS Members receive invitations to year-round films and events, reserved seats at screenings with our cultural partners and exclusive benefits at the Dallas International Film Festival.
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