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I was fortunate to volunteer for the AAIFF last year. Here are some internship opportunities in a wide range of departments and responsibilities. They have an internship for everyone, it seems.


Come join the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) Team! The AAIFF is the first and longest running film festival of its kind in the U.S. that honors works by and about Asian and Asian Americans. We are now hiring for spring and summer internships. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely in producing the Festival through various positions. All internships are equivalent to entry-level job positions, and require persons with initiative, dedication, and the ability to think outside the box. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to staying on for the Festival. The AAIFF’11 is scheduled for July 13 to July 23, 2011 in New York City.

Design/Web Assistant (ASAP or January to August)
Help manage and regularly update the ACV and Festival sites. Work closely with Festival staff on various levels of production. Big plusses: experience in interactive, graphic, or web design and knowledge in HTML.

Outreach Coordinator (ASAP to August)
Responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with various community organizations, universities, schools, and clubs for special/promotional events.

Program & Prints Coordinator (ASAP to August)
Facilitate the process of all film-related programming, including tracking submissions and prints. Serve as liaison for accredited filmmakers, industry, and guests of the film festival.

Production Assistant (ASAP to August)
Help execute production of Festival programs and special events. Coordinate logistics with sites, vendors, and sponsors. Assist with day-to-day office operations.

Hospitality Coordinator (April to August)
Responsible for the accreditation of all filmmakers, industry and guests of film festival. Arrange all hotel and flight accommodations for filmmakers/guests as deemed necessary. Edit and update the filmmaker/industry packet.

Marketing Assistant (April to August)
Assist with public relations and promotional works for the AAIFF. A background in film is not necessary, but excellent writing skill is a must.

Tech Production Assistant (April to August)
Assist with tech support ranging from DVD burning, editing, to digitizing. Experience in Final Cut Pro and/or Photoshop a BIG plus but will train on job.

Special Events Coordinator (April to August)
Research, plan and organize festival fundraiser and after parties.

ACV Archival Intern (ASAP)
Help digitize and organize ACV’s original Asian American print collection. No experience necessary. Will train on job.


  • Students with a genuine interest in the arts, humanities, and/or film.
  • Detail-oriented with a keen sense of organization.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with Mac platforms and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Able to commit 15-20 hours a week.
  • BIG plusses: Knowledge of film/video formats and handling; fluency in Asian languages; familiarity with FileMaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, and proficiency in HTML/CSS/PHP.

Internships are unpaid but come with travel reimbursement (up to $4.50 a day) and university credit (if applicable). If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Minnie Li at minnie@asiancinevision.org. In your cover letter, please state your availability, earliest start date, and for which position you are applying. No calls please. Asian CineVision’s office is located at 133 West 19th Street, Suite 300, New York.