Programming Internship


Los Angeles, CA

Outfest is looking for an organized, self-starter with a proven interest in LGBTQ film throughout the 2018 - 2019 season. This is an unpaid internship. Candidate should be a current student or recent graduate.

The intern will assist with administrative tasks vital to programming departmental operations. Tasks include:

  • Assisting in coordinating submissions
  • Database upkeep
  • Film submission screening
  • Script coverage
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Filmmaker communications
  • Films research
  • Other tasks as necessary

The intern’s tasks will be in preparation for NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival (October 2018), the Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival (March 2019), the Outfest Screenwriting Lab (June 2019), and the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival (July 2019). If available, we highly encourage our interns to continue their work with us up through our LA-based film festivals in March and July.


  • Computer-savvy and able to pick up on new systems quickly
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc) and Google Docs
  • Experience with Filemaker Pro or other databases preferred
  • Knowledge of film editing and film exhibition formats a plus
  • Access to a car, with valid California driver's license and automobile insurance preferred
  • May need to use own laptop

Candidates are needed year-round. Must be available to work at least two days a week, between the hours of 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.


Outfest requires a minimum commitment of 10 – 20 hours a week. Internship schedules are variable, and each intern will work with Programming to build a schedule that works for them while meeting the needs of the department.  We ask that interns work with the organization for a minimum of three months.

Outfest internships may be eligible for college credit.


Please send a cover letter and resume attention to [email protected]. Be sure to include you are interested in the “Programming Internship” in the subject of your email.  

Outfest is an equal opportunity employer. Outfest strongly believes in the strength of diversity and therefore, actively encourages applications from women, people of color, and any qualified person, who support Outfest’s mission.


Outfest protects our past, showcases our present, and nurtures our future by fostering artistic expression of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) culture and its transformative social impact on the world.

Thirty-three years after beginning as a small conference and festival organized by graduate students at UCLA, Outfest is now the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss, and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 35,000 LGBTQ films and videos.

Our work is part of an ongoing effort to build a vibrant, affirming, and sustainable LGBTQ community in Southern California and beyond. As a community-based film festival, Outfest Los Angeles focuses considerable resources on building bridges between audiences and filmmakers because of the intense bond of shared cultural experience. Our year-round programs contribute to the creation and longevity of an inclusive and culturally nourished LGBTQ population and a well-educated population of straight allies. Moreover, the filmmakers who participate in our programs today are the next generation of artists who will reflect, interpret, and represent the LGBTQ experience well into the next century.

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