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Programming Internship
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), is accepting applications for a seven-month paid programming internship position that will begin in mid-September 2018 and end in mid-April 2019. The intern will gain broad experience in various functions of the festival programming department and obtain an overall view of how festival content is determined, organized, and exhibited. The intern will be based at the Full Frame offices in Durham, North Carolina, for the duration of the internship. The 22nd annual festival takes place Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

To qualify, applicants should be recent college graduates (preferably no more than three years out of school) who are exceptionally organized, pay careful attention to detail, demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, and have a cooperative attitude and an eagerness to learn. A commitment to dependability, work ethic, and confidentiality are essential. Successful candidates will have a background in any or all of the following: film, documentary, publishing, event planning, and arts administration. Experience with Excel and database management preferred. The Programming Internship is a part time, hourly position and requires a commitment of approximately 20 to 30 hours per week. Some weekend work is required, and hours may increase in the lead-up to the festival. The intern must also be available to work the entire week of the festival, Monday, April 1, through Sunday, April 7.

Areas of responsibility include:

Process film submissions, maintain submission database, and prepare materials for selection committee distribution and filmmaker notification.

Research film titles, filmmakers, and other topics, as assigned.

Collect and organize film details, publicity materials, and other festival deliverables.

Review film descriptions, interviews, and additional copy for print and website.

Prepare registration materials and assist with itineraries for festival.

Represent Programming Department at registration during the 2019 festival, and assist with guests, events, and screenings as needed.

Coordinate the Full Frame Fellows Program, including corresponding with advisors, distributing program details in the lead-up to the festival, and facilitating master classes onsite.

Support organization of the Full Frame archive, including both electronic and physical materials.

Assist with department clerical duties, including checking the mail, preparing shipments, and answering inquiries by email and phone.

Though the intern will be involved in coordinating the selection process and will have opportunities to review films and observe deliberations, please note that the intern is not responsible for film selection.


The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema, welcoming filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films and discussions. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS). The intern will be supervised by Full Frame’s Artistic Director and Programming Coordinator and will be expected to participate as a staff colleague in Full Frame and CDS activities.

CDS and Duke University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender-identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. CDS and Duke aspire to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourish. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard.



Please send a cover letter addressing your goals and aspirations for this internship, a resume, two references, and a writing sample to The writing sample should be a paragraph describing a documentary film, similar in structure to those listed on the Full Frame website and no more than 160 words. Please send all materials as electronic files with “Full Frame Programming Internship – (Applicant’s Name)” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.