2017 Summer Internships

The Points North Institute is a media arts organization dedicated to providing a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers while strengthening Maine communities through powerful nonfiction media. We got our start in 2005 with the founding of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), which has been recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world.

The Points North Institute’s programs now include an annual 4-day film festival, a year-round screening series, and a growing suite of artist support initiatives that nurture the careers and artistic voices of diverse nonfiction storytellers. These include an annual film industry conference, an exhibition of interactive and immersive media, a fellowship program, a weeklong filmmakers’ retreat (produced in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute and CNN Films), a filmmaker residency, and educational initiatives that use documentary film and media to engage students and communities across the state.

As our organization expands, we are committed to building a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

The Camden International Film Festival is recruiting students and recent graduates to be part of our Summer Internship program in advance of the 2017 Festival. The candidate will get an immersive work experience – learning the day to day operations and programming of one of the world’s top documentary film festivals.

Summer Interns are a vital part of our day to day operations, getting immersive first-hand experience in a thriving nonprofit media arts organization while expanding knowledge of the film industry. Interns will work as part of our small core team as we prepare for the 2017 Festival (September 14 to 17), the Camden/TFI Retreat presented by CNN (June 17-23), Summer Preview Party/Fundraiser (July 7) and additional screenings and special events.

The Summer Intern reports to the Operations Manager. The Internship is open to high school and college students or recent graduates who can commit at least 20 per week between June and September, including the weekend of the Festival: September 14-17.

CIFF can work with university departments to offer credit for this internship.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with booking travel, preparing itineraries, and coordinating with festival guests, including Filmmakers, Industry Delegates and Press
  • Help aggregate Filmmaker Materials, including film stills, bios, headshots, and film exhibition copies
  • Manage website updates in advance of the festival weekend
  • Camden/Tribeca Film Institute Retreat in June (guest relations, production preparation and support)
  • Summer Preview Party/Fundraiser production
  • Social Media strategy and execution for the Festival and year-round CIFF Selects series
  • Research and develop marketing content for CIFF social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


  • Highly motivated with interest in film, journalism, media arts, marketing and communications, or event production
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently and on tight deadlines
  • Previous production (film or events) experience a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication; bonus if you have a good eye for visual design
  • Strong computer literacy with experience using the following applications and platforms: WordPress, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; bonus if you have experience using project management tools like Asana or Adobe Creative Suite software like Photoshop and InDesign
  • A valid driver’s license is necessary for this position

Interested Candidates, please send your resumes and cover letter to info@pointsnorthinstitute.org by May 22.

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