Programming Intern

Learn how to curate films and program events for the largest environmental film festival in the world.

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s largest showcase of environmental films. We are in search of a Programming Intern to be part of a creative, dedicated team that works together to produce this major annual two-week cultural event, plus a year-round schedule of programs and educational events for the Washington, DC metro.

Each March we partner with leading museums, embassies, universities and theaters in Washington DC to present more than 100 films from around the world. Our audiences are passionate, informed and large. Festival films screen to audiences of 20,000 annually and many screenings are free. All are accompanied by thought-provoking discussion panels that bring together filmmakers and subject matter experts.

The Programming Intern will support the Director of Programming and Programming Manager in all facets of Festival programming, including assisting in the research, review, and planning of potential Festival film programs. The internship is unpaid, and students receiving course credit are preferred. The Programming Intern would ideally work 10-20 hours per week from September through December, but September through March is ideal. Duration and hours are flexible.

Duties Include:

  • Watch and review films under consideration for the Festival lineup
  • Assist Programming staff in obtaining films and exploring program ideas through online research
  • Help to identify relevant speakers and personnel for post-screening panels and Q&A’s
  • Assist the Programming Manager with the coordination of Screening Committee assignments and communicate with the film screeners as needed
  • Assist Programming staff with spreadsheet and data management
  • Work with Programming staff to collect information and materials from filmmakers, venues, and Festival partners
  • Provide administrative support to all Festival staff as needed


  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Technologically savvy and able to learn new digital platforms
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Dropbox, and comfortable on Mac OS X
  • Flexible and willing to take on numerous roles
  • Interest in environmental issues and background in Cinema Studies preferred but not required

To apply for a Fall or Winter internship please send your resume and cover letter to