Fall Internships at Imagine Science Films
Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in existence since 2008 committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers. From curating film festivals around the world, creating science films and hosting educational science-film workshops, Imagine Science Films aims to bridge the gap between art and science.
This fall, interns will have the opportunity to contribute the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival, opening at Google, New York! In addition to the festival, interns will be involved with our year-round activities including Spotlight films, Satellite events and microscopy-film workshops.
We are seeking motivated and responsible college and graduate students looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit, break into the film industry, or continue to articulate their passion for art-science. Candidates should have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn and an interest in Imagine Science Films’ mission. Prospective interns should be comfortable working independently, but also working with a team and a supervisor. As a creative non-profit, Imagine Science Films supports the individual interests of our interns. It’s an exciting atmosphere to grow, gain hands on skills and obverse the inner workings of a creative non-profit.
- Interns must be available at least 3-5 days/week 10am-6pm. Start date September 15th through December 15.
- INTERNS MUST BE AVAILABLE October 17th - 24th during the evening and weekend to assist will activities during the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival. This will include free admission to all of our events.
This is an unpaid internship, but great performance will yield a great recommendation. We encourage you to use this internship to gain course credit and to seek out "work-study" grants with your college, if that is an option.
How To Apply
Fall Deadline: Accepting applications now through September 8, 2014 (Notified by September 15, 2014)
Applicants should submit resume and cover letter to Interns@imaginesciencefilms.org. Please specify title of internship position in subject heading. Selected candidates will be notified and requested to interview.
Film Interns will have the opportunity to work with our Director of Programming to contribute to our weekly series of Spotlight Films. These short films explore content ranging from lab footage to raw science data. Past interns have produced, filmed and edited Spotlights that have received hundreds of views on our YouTube channel and recognition from our presenting sponsor, Google. Examples of Spotlights produced by past Film Interns include What is Love and Smart Robots.
- Produce, film and edit two Spotlight films/month on various science and art topics to be hosted on the Imagine Science Films YouTube Channel
- Assist in filming and editing additional film projects
- Film and photograph the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival opening at Google NY
- Film and editing experience required
Development Interns will work directly with the Director of Development to implement a fundraising plan that addresses foundations, corporations, individuals, and government. This position will provide substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, grant writing, event planning, researching donor and sponsorship prospects, solicitation strategizing, in addition to gaining valuable office experience (all of which are highly marketable skills in the nonprofit sector). Interns will be encouraged to take a leadership role in spearheading their own projects within the objectives of the Development Department.
- Research new funding prospects
- Copyedit proposals and reports
- Identify new fundraising markets
- Support implementation of mailings and invitations
- Maintain database records
- Help implement fundraising events
- Receive quotes and/or secure in-kind donations
- Assist with our events
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and preferably Adobe Creative Suite
Program interns will work closely with the Director of Programming to assist with curating the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival. Program Interns will have the unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the science-film world, learn how to curate a film festival and be introduced to a network of filmmakers worldwide.
- Research filmmakers and films worldwide
- Organize film archive
- Update festival and film content to website
- Transfer digital media screened at Google NY and other venues during the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival
- Communicate with selected filmmakers regarding festival logistics, media transfer, panel opportunities and film awards
- Passion for science films and familiarity with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite
Communications Interns will work closely with the Director of Communications to translate the mission of Imagine Science Films to the public. This is an ideal position for someone aiming to gain practical experience in communication and create professional writing portfolio.
- Source science and film related articles, images and videos to post across our social media platforms
- Help monitor general inquiries
- Write press releases and communicate with the press
- Write original content for our website
- Must be familiar with WordPress, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook and Adobe Creative Suite
- Must provide one writing sample
Imagine Science Films offers short term volunteer opportunities for all ages year round! Have the chance to enjoy free screenings, panels and workshops while contributing to bridging the gap between art and science. Volunteer opportunities include the annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City, satellite festivals around the world, & monthly events and workshops. To inquire about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current volunteer opportunities:
7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival, October 17 – 24
Opening at Google NY, the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival will focus on the theme of TIME. Film programs, panels and workshops will discuss all aspects of TIME from aging to evolution to time lapse microscopy. Volunteer responsibilities include passing out programs, assisting with set-up, greeting guests, and assisting with guest registration. Programs are in the evening beginning at 5:30pm. Over the weekend, Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th, programs will run all day. Two program commitment or more required. Please email Volunteer Coordinator, Colin Stringer, with your availability at email@example.com. Please include “ISFF 2014″ in the subject line and please specify your preferred volunteer dates during the festival. Festival schedule available here.
Imagine Science Films is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution holding Gold Status in GuideStar Exchange, demonstrating a commitment to transparency. We encourage collaboration between scientists, who dedicate their lives to studying the world in which we live, and filmmakers, who interpret and expose this knowledge, together making science accessible and stimulating to the broadest possible audience. In under ten years, the organization has established a reputation for “art house standards” and a commitment to educating the public about science through unconventional means, like engagement with high-quality cinema of various genres, creation of scientifically-compelling performing arts pieces, and classes on science and filmmaking for youth.
But our work is not possible without the generosity and support of audience members like you. From individual donors to foundation and corporate sponsors, we thank you for your commitment to our mission and vote of confidence in our work. If you have any questions about your donation or where your money goes, please feel free to view our GuideStar profile or contact Director of Development Ethan Haymovitz at 718.596.6404.