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Current Job Openings:

  • Programming Intern
  • Development Intern
  • Communications Intern

PROGRAMMING INTERN

NewFest is currently seeking a Programming Intern who is an organized self-starter with a proven interest in LGBTQ film. Candidate should be a current student or recent graduate. The intern will assist with administrative, research, and screening tasks vital to programming departmental operations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Films research/tracking
  • Assisting in coordinating submissions
  • Assisting in coordinating screening committee
  • Screener solicitations
  • Reviewing submissions
  • Updating the films database
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Filmmaker communications

The intern’s tasks will be in preparation for NewFest at The Center Presents (monthly screening series), OutCinema (June 2019) and NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival (October 2019).  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Computer-savvy and able to pick up on new systems
  • Detail-oriented
  • Immense interest in the LGBTQ film landscape
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc) and Google Docs
  • Knowledge of film editing and film exhibition formats a plus
  • Must be available to work at least two days a week, between the hours of 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday

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.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and CV/résumé to Director of Programming Nick McCarthy at nickmccarthy@newfest.org. Please indicate “Programming Internship” in the subject of your email. 

DEVELOPMENT & EVENTS INTERN

NewFest is currently seeking a Development Intern to help expand the reach of New York’s LGBTQ Film and Media Arts Organization. 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 23-29, 2019.

This is a 10-hour-a-week, unpaid internship; however, the intern will receive access to NewFest’s year-round events, which include pre-release movie screenings. They will also receive 2019 Festival Pass in exchange for their work, and NewFest is open to arranging academic credit in addition. The intern 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.

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Development & Events Coordinator, 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

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency in the Google suite (Docs, Sheets, Calendar) and email etiquette a must
  • 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

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.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter with the subject line “Development Intern at NewFest” to Development & Events Coordinator Radhika Rajkumar at radhikarajkumar@newfest.org.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

NewFest is currently seeking a Communications Intern to help expand the reach of New York’s LGBTQ Film and Media Arts Organization. The position will help create and implement a short- and long-term social media strategy relating to year-round growth as well as the 2019 New York LGBTQ Film Festival, October 23 – 29.

This is a 10-hour-a-week, unpaid internship; however, the intern will receive access to NewFest’s year-round events, which include pre-release movie screenings. They will also receive 2019 Festival Pass in exchange for their work, and NewFest is open to arranging academic credit in addition. The intern 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.

The ideal candidate has a strong editorial background, and is a digital native with an almost instinctive understanding of digital products and social media. They are passionate about LGBTQ narratives and documentaries, as well as LGBTQ issues, news, politics, and pop culture.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Director of Programming & Operations and the Development & Events Coordinator to create social content, plan social media posts and draft all copy through an editorial calendar.
  • Help drive engagement with NewFest’s audience and growth to new audiences
  • Involved in day-to-day management of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including content creation, copywriting, social planning and community management
  • Draft social content across social platforms
  • Update website events 
  • Coordinate email blasts 
  • Organize and schedule social content with a focus on bold and engaging copy
  • Identify can’t-miss social media engagement opportunities for the brand, including local/national community awareness days, film and media-related news, etc.
  • Create content that is emotive and exciting, while scaling to a global audience
  • Develop, pitch and execute new ideas for original social content

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Work at a fast pace without compromising attention to detail
  • Must be creative!
  • A sound knowledge of streaming media apps, the web, social media, and native digital analytics tools (Instagram, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics)
  • Experience with WordPress and MailChimp highly suggested  
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn new and related technologies
  • The ability to research, retrieve, and organize information from the internet
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills
  • Some knowledge of Facebook Paid advertising preferred
  • A self-starter with demonstrated problem solving capability
  • 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 Film
  • Understanding the importance of sharing LGBTQ storytelling to create positive change
  • Awareness of, or willingness to learn
  • Passion for NewFest’s mission
  • Experience in a corporate environment is desirable

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 gay 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, but we still have a long way to go.

To apply, please email your resume and a brief cover letter with the subject line “Communications Intern” to opportunities@newfest.org.

 

NewFest is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V committed to a diverse workforce.