From the Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Listserv: Women Make Movies Internship

Women Make Movies is offering internships in Marketing, Publicity, Graphics/Web, Filmmaker Services, Workshop Series, Distribution, and Administration for Fall 2009!

THE PLACE: Women Make Movies is a national not-for-profit media arts organization dedicated to the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through a national distribution service, production assistance program, touring exhibition programs, periodic publications, workshops and conferences. Women Make Movies strongly encourages lesbians, older women, and women of color to apply for placement. Please note that Women Make Movies is not a film production company.

THE PERKS: Interns get free access to their huge collection of films and videos and other benefits including free workshop attendance (fall and spring) and invites to screenings and receptions. Though all internships are unpaid, they do offer a weekly travel stipend of up to $4.50/day.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TIME COMMITMENT:Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills; strong organizational skills; the ability to multi-task, work independently and work well under pressure; and will take initiative. Familiarity with Internet research, Windows XP and the Microsoft Office Suite necessary. Knowledge of and interest in feminist media a plus.
Interns are asked to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Duration is flexible to meet university requirements, but a minimum commitment of three months is optimal. All interns will be required to sign an Internship Letter of Agreement that outlines the duration and schedule of their internship.

DUTIES BROKEN DOWN BY POSITIONS:
Marketing Intern
• Outreach to community-based and academic organizations including academic reviewers and conferences.
• Produce and mail promotional materials, paste up reviews and maintain department databases and mailing lists.
• Perform extensive online subject area research.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Knowledge of desktop publishing; strong communication, organization and research skills required.

Publicity Intern
• Update and design press kits including the following: paste-ups, research for reviews, photo scans and upkeep of promotional files.
• Research new opportunities and contact various list serves and media arts organizations for promotion and publicity of theatrical and semi-theatrical screenings.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Knowledge of desktop publishing, strong attention to detail and exceptional verbal and written communication skills necessary.

Graphics/Website Assistant
• Perform regular updates to the WMM website, maintain and create new pages for site and implement any new online marketing initiatives.
• Assist email newsletters and announcements and design and creation of print/publicity materials.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Good working knowledge of Photoshop and image optimization, Frontpage and Dreamweaver for the PC, the ability to hand code basic html as well as proficiency with desktop publishing programs Quark Xpress, Illustrator and InDesign. Familiarity with Microsoft Access a plus.

Filmmaker Services Intern
• Assist in the promotion and outreach of the Production Assistance Program to independent film and video makers.
• Research filmmaker resources for fundraising, marketing, promotion and distribution both on the Internet and in print material.
• Compile information on WMM sponsored films and videos.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Knowledge of film production and/or film theory necessary. Adobe Acrobat skills are preferred but not required.

Workshop Series Intern
• Position limited to the duration of the fall and spring workshops series. The series generally occurs on 10 weekday evenings over the course of 3 months, with the exception of one Saturday all-day workshop. Candidates for this internship must apply in August for the fall series opening or in February for the spring series opening.
• Responsible for set-up and clean up of workshop space, workshop attendee registration, and workshop evaluation forms.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Professional, courteous attitude and strong communication skills recommended. Knowledge of film pre-production and post-production planning a plus.

Distribution Intern
• Receive and log in all incoming acquisitions; check in, label, quality check and shelve new inventory; package and label all outgoing packages.
• Update customer, lab and contract databases; maintain distribution files; dub new acquisitions for staff; and upkeep of in-house video library and archive.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Excellent attention to detail; strong organizational, clerical and computer skills necessary.
• Knowledge of MyMail preferred but not required.

Administrative Intern
• Assist Office Manager with computer maintenance and security, and maintain computer log and software; maintain office supplies log and upkeep of supply cabinet.
• Update and maintain vendor files and financial paperwork, including purchase orders and check requests.
• Answer phones, field questions and calls; and distribute incoming mail and faxes to staff.
• Perform general office tasks, including copying, filing and mailing materials.
• Excellent attention to detail; strong organizational, clerical and computer skills necessary.
• Knowledge of MyMail and Quickbooks preferred by not required. Familiarity with computer networking a plus.

TO APPLY: All candidates must submit an Internship Application form, resume, writing sample and references. You can apply at the Women Make Movies website, or by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Amy O’Hara at aohara@wmm.com.

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