The Woodstock Film Festival offers individuals unique, hands-on INTERNSHIP opportunities.
Interns learn administrative practices, management skills, and fundraising strategies associated with the film, media arts industry and the running of a not-for-profit 501c3 arts organization. Interns will work scheduled hours at the festival's year round office in Woodstock, or on-site for special events and during festival operations. Interns will assist staff with the organization and production of film festival events and Hudson Valley Film Commission projects. Interns will have contact with industry professionals of all levels including festival directors, project managers, graphic designers, web developers, filmmakers, distributors, members of the press and many others.
Below are testimonials from former interns detailing their many positive experiences with the Woodstock Film Festival.
Kendal - Press/PR Intern (later staffer) - 2017
I began as an intern for the press department my spring semester of my senior year (I attended Marist College). Everyone was always patient and ready to answer any and all questions. I learned about things I never would have imagined, such as a little bit of coding and the Dreamweaver system. It is an amazing learning environment.
I came back at the beginning of September as a staff member, specifically co-director of the press department for the festival. The office was packed with motivated, inspiring and driven people who always had a great and positive attitude. They were the best coworkers and I learned so much from them. You meet an incredible amount of film industry people, who you can develop lasting relationships with as well.
You have a lot to do on your own and need to be very self-motivated, and you work under high-stress and face-paced conditions, but it is the best experience. I now have a massive amount of knowledge that has since helped me to gain interviews and also land a job in NYC.
Of everything I did as a student, this was by far the most beneficial and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I highly suggest becoming a part of the Woodstock Film Festival any way that you can.
Evan - OPerationS intern (later staffer) 2015
As a former intern, I want to help to hone your willingness to try new things, your organizational/workplace skills, your abilities in many different softwares, while you’re working with one of the most talented teams in the film festival world. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already have these skills under your belt, but there is always more to learn. I learn new things every day, which is just one of the things that makes working at the Woodstock Film Festival so great.
Cecilia - Press/PR intern 2017
There was definitely opportunity for my own independence and initiative, which was really rewarding. Requirements to succeed at the Woodstock Film Festival are: good communication skills, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment under high stress, and a tough skin, to handle what ever comes your way. Be ready to hit the ground running and work hard, but keep in mind it is all worth it. I would recommend to anyone that they be a part of the Woodstock Film Festival in any way shape or form because it is truly a priceless experience.
Alana - Press/pr intern (later staffer) 2012
You’ll become versed in more programs than you ever thought; InDesign, Photoshop, FileMaker, Dreamweaver, and so much more. Be prepared for an entire cast of characters and not only expanding your current skills, but also learning some new ones. Enjoy your internship, you’ll grow from it more than you know!
Pete Spengeman - Marketing and Events intern 2012
Have fun! Come in with a good attitude and you shall be rewarded with a great experience. Get used to zipping around Woodstock and the surrounding area. If you’re asked to do errands, embrace it – you’ll get to be driving around one of the most beautiful places in New York. ....the people in the office are super friendly, very supportive, and extremely kind. Keep in mind how lucky you are to be working with these people, and appreciate the warm atmosphere that comes with it!
Bridget - guest relations intern (later staffer) 2011
There is so much work to be done when organizing the festival, but it is so rewarding when the festival comes. Expect to have laugh and have fun! The people that put together the festival every year are a great team.