2017 HIFF Internship Program

Aug 14, 2017 | Front Page, Opportunities

Call for Interns

HIFF internships offer opportunities to gain a broad range of work experiences in film festivals. HIFF interns work closely with festival staff to plan, coordinate, and implement special events, educational programs, and film screenings. Those interested should have interest in the arts and/or film.

While internships are unpaid, festival staff will work with interns to gain school credit for work performed. Interns will also receive credit in the festival publication and can see films for free! HIFF requires a commitment of 15 to 40 hours per week and a set work schedule.

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is looking for skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to assist with the planning and production of the 37th annual HIFF, which will take place in Honolulu from November 2 – 12, 2017. HIFF internships consist of project-oriented tasks such as event planning, sponsor relations, marketing & public relations, database management, outreach, clerical and archival work, and travel and hospitality.

Scheduling is flexible. The internship is best suited for a person willing to share and gain skills in the arenas of film programming, event planning, data management, and non-profit arts administration, with a sincere interest in Asian American and Asian media arts.

These are part-time and unpaid positions, and interns are responsible for finding their own room and board, if you are not a resident of Hawaii.

Internships offer excellent opportunities to experience and participate in an exciting film and cultural event. Interns will get hands-on experience with festival planning and implementation, as well as gain exposure to the Asian American arts community.


  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication skills.
  • Team player who can also work independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Basic knowledge of Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
  • Basic knowledge of Internet (all browser platforms and advance search), Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.
  • Vehicle access and driver’s license very desirable.


Seasonal Staff are paid positions that include roles such as volunteer coordinator, programming & outreach assistant, sponsorship coordinator, events coordinator, and social media coordinator. Scheduling and work hours will be flexible and variable, with required hours increasing leading up to and during the film festival.

Please visit http://www.hiff.org/job-opportunities/ for more information.