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New York Women in Film and Television
6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY
Posted: August 01 2016
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DescriptionThe New York Women in Film & Television Intern/Mentor Program provides a rare opportunity for people with film/communications degrees and those with entry-level knowledge of the film industry to have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the industry and to gain experience under the guidance of NYWIFT members who agree to serve as their mentors.
New York Women in Film & Television is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping women achieve the highest standard of professionalism in film, television and other programming media. Founded in 1978, as a networking and educational forum, NYWIFT now numbers 2,000 professional members, including Emmy and Academy Award-winners, working in all areas of the film and television industry. The organization produces over 65 innovative and educational programs and special events each year. Distinguished directors, producers, writers, industry leaders and crafts people are active participants in these programs.
How does the program work?
Applicants accepted into the Intern/Mentor Program volunteer to work in the NYWIFT office for a total of 45 days. The NYWIFT office is open 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday through Friday (closed on Fridays during the summer). The work schedule can be personalized to accommodate the needs of the intern but a minimum of one full day per week is required. The internship is usually completed over a 4 - 6 month period, with interns working 1- 4 days per week. Interns must therefore be prepared for such a time commitment.
The intern's responsibilities include providing clerical support necessary to the general operation of the organization, member services and the programs that we produce. As well as working in the NYWIFT office, interns may work at various NYWIFT events, with the time being applied towards their 45 days.
During the course of the internship and for 2 months after completion, interns may attend all NYWIFT programs and film screenings at no cost. Programs include speakers and panel discussions addressing the issues and realities of the industry, screenplay-reading workshops, and power breakfasts with key people in the industry, as well as a whole host of other exciting and informative events. Such programs provide an invaluable opportunity to meet our members and to begin to make contacts within the industry.
After 45 days of service, the intern is matched with a mentor who is an experienced professional in the field.
On NYWIFT members & mentors
NYWIFT members are highly placed women and men from every area of the industry - writers and story development executives to producers, directors and technicians. Mentors are members who excel in their careers and are generously offering their hard earned experience to assist young people in our Intern/Mentor Program.
Mentors agree to one face-to-face meeting, and five other meetings by telephone or email over the next four months.
ResponsibilitiesWhat can interns expect to gain from the experience?
Although the intern/mentor relationship does not necessarily lead to employment, many interns have gone on to impressive career achievements as a result of their experience in this program. Additionally, NYWIFT occasionally receives employment requests for entry-level jobs in the industry. Naturally, we offer these job leads to our Intern/Mentor Program graduates. In addition to making connections with professionals in the industry, our interns and alumni form a lasting support network of peers.
RequirementsWhat qualities do we look for in our interns?
This is a unique opportunity for hardworking, serious, bright people from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. Because the internship is very much what the intern makes of it, we look for interns who are willing to make the most of all situations, seeking out opportunities instead of waiting for opportunities to be handed to them, and in general, taking a proactive role in their career planning.