The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

The Internship Program is a competitive educational opportunity offering pre-professional skill building to emerging filmmakers, film enthusiasts and nonprofit professionals. The opportunities offered are quite eclectic with a wide range and flexible scheduling. AFF interns gain valuable experience in marketing, publicity, programming, education, operations, development and more.

How to Apply

View the open opportunities below and email a copy of your resume with a cover letter to intern (at) arabfilmfestival (dot) org

Please indicate the title of the internship in the subject of your email. For example – Internship: Development Intern

Feel free to put more then one job in the job title space.

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Festival Internships Now Open for Spring and Summer 2017

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The Development Intern will support the Development Committee with researching potential sponsors, outreach partners and general support of the Festival’s Development/Fundraising plan. A typical day will include negotiating festival promotion for local vendors, digging up any info you can on a potential sponsorship target and updating our sponsorship database.

The Marketing Intern will assist the team in implementing AFF’s communications and marketing plan — focusing specifically on partnerships — to build awareness about the Festival within the community, and to increase film screening attendance. Research and grassroot efforts will include working on our newsletter and other digital communication.

Social Media
The Social Media Intern will help the execution of our digital marketing plan across all social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) to promote AFF’s 21st season.

A prospective intern should have a knowledge of best practices for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and experience growing an audience on social media.

The Programming Intern will assist in the organization of the 21st Annual Arab Film Festival (October 2017). The prospective candidate will assist special programming which can include our Festival for the Schools program.

A prospective intern should be comfortable with computers, especially Word and Excel. There will be a variety of tasks which change weekly including helping maintain databases, coordinating and marketing advance screenings, and researching filmmakers and film websites.

We are currently looking for Programming Interns in Los Angeles and SF Bay Area.

The Executive Intern assists AFF’s Executive Director with weekly tasks. Duties include performing administrative tasks, providing support for Board of Directors meetings, management of cultivation and invitation lists, some PR work and general planning for events. Opportunity provided to gain event planning experience and learn the logistics of producing an annual film festival.

Excellent organization and communication skills are a must. This internship offers a monthly stipend after three months.


10 hours/week, college credit available, monthly stipend available after 3 months for select internships.  We offer a flexible schedule, possibilities to work remotely and lots of perks. Will have the opportunity to work and learn from an experienced team and be part of a growing national organization.