Monday, January 25, 2021

Coronado Island Film Festival Seeks Interns to Work Behind the Red Carpet

Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) has openings for two internships to work from now through November 11, the concluding day of the 2019 film festival, which runs Nov. 8 – 11, over Veterans Day weekend.

Internships offer valuable hands-on experience in behind-the-scenes activities required to develop and implement a film festival. Although internships are unpaid, interns will enjoy a myriad of perks and benefits, and are guaranteed a fun and uplifting experience, while adding to their career portfolio. The festival will coordinate internships with college programs where applicable. Applicants must be college level or higher.

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Interns will work out of the Film Festival’s recently established office and will be required to work 20 hours a week on a somewhat flexible schedule. Interns must be available the four days of the festival.

The 2019 festival marks CIFF’s fourth annual festival, which showcases studio films, narrative features, documentaries, shorts and student films. Additionally, the festival features industry panels, free educational workshops, culinary cinema, a Veterans Day tribute, and parties where locals, celebrities, filmmakers and industry insiders can mix and mingle. The festival’s presenting sponsor is Hotel del Coronado, with the City of Coronado a major sponsor.

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In addition to the four-day November festival, CIFF presents special educational programs throughout the year and a Classic Film Series.

Interns will work in one or more of three focus areas: Arts Administration, Publicity and Marketing, and Event Management.

Development and Membership — Interns will gain insight into individual giving, grants, and member retention, acquisition, and relations efforts. This position will interface with the public, thus strong customer service skills are important. Our goal is to ensure that all attendees enjoy an exceptional festival experience. Responsibilities include assisting with donor and sponsor mailings and assisting with the research of sponsorship for programs and events.

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Marketing/Publicity – The intern will gain real-world experience in both the marketing and publicity of a nonprofit cultural organization. Responsibilities include assisting in the creation and dissemination of marketing and press materials; assisting with the promotion of CIFF events; developing involvement opportunities for other cultural groups and organizations and updating and maintaining community, cultural, and media outreach lists.

Event Management – Interns will work directly with event managers to organize and produce the special events/presentations/panels during the festival. Responsibilities include managing timelines, working across various volunteer committees, organizing promotional materials, coordinating guest lists, and providing on-site support.

For all internships, the following skills and qualifications are desirable:

  • Detail oriented, with ability to work independently, sometimes on deadline
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; familiarity with Google docs
  • WordPress and Social Media experience a plus
  • Photography
  • Excellent people skills
  • Some familiarity with Coronado, the city’s various cultural groups and arts organizations and Coronado Island Film Festival.

To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to Kris Grant, CIFF Board President/Marketing Director at


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: