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NewFest is currently seeking a Development Intern to help expand the reach of New York's LGBTQ Film Festival and our year-round programs. The position will help manage event production and execution, sponsor relations and year-round developmental priorities. Based on performance, option available to continue on during the annual New York LGBTQ Film Festival, October 21-27, 2020.

The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills, a desire to learn about nonprofit sustainability, and an instinct for networking and creating partnerships. They are passionate about LGBTQ narratives and documentaries, LGBTQ issues and visibility.

This is a 10-hour-a-week, unpaid internship; however, interns will receive 2020 Festival Passes in exchange for their work, as well as access to other NewFest events. NewFest is also open to arranging academic credit in addition. Interns will join a small and vibrant team that offers the potential to grow with the non-profit organization and make a positive impact within the LGBTQ community. The work can be done preferably in NewFest’s Chelsea location, with some remote work possible.


  • Work hand-in-hand with the Development Manager, Director of Programming & Operations, and occasionally the Executive Director to assist in carrying out sponsor agreements, organize deliverables and deadlines, and stay aware of timely priorities
  • Learn about maintaining engagement with existing sponsors while driving growth with new sponsors and their communities, as well as identifying potential sponsorship opportunities
  • Be present during NewFest events (2-3 per month) to assist in executing production details
  • Complete occasional operational and administrative tasks
  • Work at a fast pace without compromising attention to detail
  • Remain attentive to NewFest's mission/brand and be a dedicated NewFest spokesperson


  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency in the Google suite (Docs, Sheets, Calendar) and email etiquette a must
  • Past event or production experience a plus
  • The ability to research, retrieve, and organize information quickly and easily 
  • Enthusiasm and fast learning skills
  • Experience in a formal working environment is appreciated
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • A self-starter with demonstrated problem solving capability
  • Detail-oriented and able to work in fast-paced environment
  • Professional, proactive, organized, and always prepared
  • Knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ community, as well as the issues that affect them
  • Knowledge of and passion for LGBTQ media 
  • Understanding the importance of sharing LGBTQ storytelling to create positive change
  • Willingness to learn and grow; interest in nonprofit development a plus 
  • Passion for NewFest's mission

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter with the subject line “Development Intern at NewFest” to Development Manager Radhika Rajkumar at


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, affectional preference, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, disability, genetic predisposition, age, military or veteran status, marital or familial status, or any other protected characteristic, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

NewFest’s Mission: NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films and supporting storytellers who inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias, and empower our diverse community. NewFest began in 1988 as a response to the AIDS crisis, when images of the queer community were hard to find and often imbued with shame. Over 30 years and through an evolving cultural landscape, we have grown into the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in New York City. Acceptance has come a long way since 1988, but we still have a long way to go.