SXSW Internships

South by Southwest offers a broad range of internships. Our focus is to provide a real-life learning experience within the organization, so that students are better prepared to seek employment after graduation.

To apply for an internship, submit your resume and cover letter to the SXSW Internship Department . Please include in your cover letter “Why you think an internship with SXSW would benefit you.” Also, designate up to (3) internship(s) you wish to apply for (from greatest interest to least). Include your choices in both your cover letter and the body of the e-mail. Don’t forget to include any additional information requested in the internship descriptions. Feel free to e-mail with any questions you may have and good luck! Please include “SXSW 2016 Internship application” in the subject line. If you skip this step, your application may not be processed.

All positions are unpaid and you must be a currently enrolled college student. Preference will be given to students receiving college credit for their internship. Most positions require a weekly time commitment and more than full-time availability during SXSWeek, and the days immediately preceding the start of the event.

Internships That Are Currently Available:

Planning Event Coordinator Intern

Description

The SXSW Planning Department deals with contracting, organizing, detailing and executing the various SXSW events throughout the year. From managing convention space to developing long-term strategies for growth and sustainability the Planning Department operates at the center of all things SXSW. The Event Planning Coordinator will assist with contracting, managing activations, transportation and logistics management, as well as the coordinating of production elements necessary for successful execution of our many conferences and events.

The Summer/Fall Event Coordinator Internship will be working extensively on the logistics and details of our fall conferences – SXSW Eco and the Texas Tribune Festival – as well as advance planning and contract work related to SXSW’s March conferences.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Effectively and concisely communicate both in writing and verbally
  • Knowledge of meeting planning, hotel/venue policy, audio/video production, convention services, and contracting are beneficial
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office Suite is a must and proficiency with other software (Sketchup, Vectorworks, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Suite, Keynote, Prezi, etc.) is helpful
  • Proficiency in working within Mac OS is helpful
  • Position requires a detail-oriented individual who can handle task-based assignments as well as general direction to produce planning documents and maintain the high standard of production that has made SXSW a success

Availability:
A minimum of 20 hours per week is required from August through October and full-time during conferences:

  • Texas Tribune Festival, September 22 – September 25, 2016
  • SXSW Eco, October 9 – October 12, 2016
Applicant must be able to work out of our office in downtown Austin at least 3 days a week.

SXSW Eco Marketing Intern

Description

Learn first hand how to create, develop and implement marketing, advertising and partnership strategies for SXSW Eco. This position is research and writing heavy, with a strong focus on outreach, partnership development and community engagement. Interns will be given projects to develop from start to finish, gaining practical experience in a variety of marketing disciplines. This position also helps to execute special events and art installations, so creativity is welcome!

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Researching prospective partners and customers for SXSW Eco
  • Write blogs and social media posts relating to SXSW Eco programming
  • Research previous and new speakers, help tell the story of the outcomes from SXSW Eco
  • Assist marketing manager, including contracts, database work and organization
  • Help organize outreach and marketing efforts, including event promotions and advertising
  • Write promotional copy including email updates, printed pieces, blogs, and Program Guide
  • Help coordinate partner activations onsite including pre-event logistics and day of show execution
  • Assist in development of new events and installations pre-event and onsite

Availability:
Starting April 4th, 2016. 20 hrs/week plus full-time October 9-12, 2016

SXSW Eco Place By Design Programming Intern

Description

SXSW Eco seeks a design program intern to assist with speaker and panel administration and the Place By Design competition. This position will begin with research, administrative and speaker/finalist management and will transition into a more production-oriented role towards the end of the season. This is a great opportunity to learn emerging trends in architecture, impact design and urbanism, as well as event planning and production. Applicants should have familiarity with the concept of creative placemaking and related initiatives as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Researching prospective partners and customers for SXSW Eco
  • Write blogs and social media posts relating to SXSW Eco programming
  • Research previous and new speakers, help tell the story of the outcomes from SXSW Eco
  • Assist marketing manager, including contracts, database work and organization
  • Help organize outreach and marketing efforts, including event promotions and advertising
  • Write promotional copy including email updates, printed pieces, blogs, and Program Guide
  • Help coordinate partner activations onsite including pre-event logistics and day of show execution
  • Assist in development of new events and installations pre-event and onsite

Availability:
Starting April 4th, 2016. 20 hrs/week plus full-time October 9-12, 2016.

SXSW Eco Programming and Production Intern

Description

SXSW Eco seeks a programming and production intern to assist the programming and production team with speaker and panel organizer correspondence, event planning and execution including parties, award show, bookstore and field trips. This position will begin with research, administrative and speaker/panelist management and will transition into a more production-oriented role towards the end of the season. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of conference programming, building events and productions from inception to execution, and managing speaker relationships.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Strong research skills
  • Professional demeanor as you will liaise with speakers regularly
  • Ability to stay organized and handle administrative tasks in a timely manner
  • Database experience. FileMaker experience preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills for email updates and correspondence, blogs, panel pitching, copyediting, etc.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to multi task onsite, handling multiple events and logistics during the conference
  • Candidate must be pursuing a degree or have demonstrated interest/background in one or several of the following topics: sustainability, climate change, water conservation and management, responsible agriculture, urban development, education, clean technology, alternative energy, social equity, wildlife preservation, international affairs.

Availability:
This position begins as soon as possible and lasts through October 17th, 2016. Schedule is flexible for spring semester with a 10 to 15 hour per week commitment during the summer and early fall. Full time availability during SXSW Eco (October 5-8) is required.

SXSW Eco Sales + Sponsorship Intern

Description

Learn first hand how to create, develop and implement custom marketing strategies for socially and environmentally conscious companies. This position is research heavy initially and transitions into a production role as the season progresses. Interns will be given projects to develop from start to finish, gaining practical experience in a variety of marketing disciplines.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Researching prospective clients for SXSW Eco sponsorship opportunities
  • Write blogs and social media posts relating to available programs and confirmed client programs
  • Assist sales and sponsorship account executive, including contracts, database work and client support
  • Help organize outreach and marketing efforts
  • Write promotional copy including email updates, printed pieces, blogs, and Program Guide
  • Help coordinate client activations onsite including pre-event logistics and day of show execution
  • Assist with Eco Exhibition and other production logistics onsite
  • Assist in development of new activations, evening events and parties

Availability:
Starting April 4th, 2016. 20 hrs/week plus full-time October 9-12, 2016.

SXSW Eco Startup Central Programming Intern

Description

Spend the year gaining experience and contacts with an internship in the programming department at SXSW Eco. The Startup Central Programming intern will have a hand in all aspects of the startup program, with the opportunity to creatively impact the event’s content. Internship is unpaid. Potential for future growth within the company.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Researching prospective startups, investors, judges and speakers
  • Write blogs and social media posts relating to Startup Central
  • Assist Program Manager, including contracts, database work and organization
  • Help organize speaker communications, logistics, and promotion
  • Write promotional copy including email updates, printed pieces, and Program Guide
  • Help coordinate the competition onsite including pre-event logistics and day of show execution
  • Assist in development of new events and programs for this audience

Requirements for this position include:

  • Internship candidates should be proactive self-starters, with an enthusiasm for learning and a desire to get as involved as possible in the event
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are a must
  • Demonstrated background and interest, through educational or work experience is a plus
  • Proficiency in Excel is required

Availability:
Starting March 7, 2016. 20 hrs/week plus full-time October 9-12, 2016

Tech Intern

Description

The SXSW Tech Department is seeking an intern to assist our team in the buildup, support, and execution of SXSW 2017. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to help with basic network/IT troubleshooting, equipment organization, and overall staff support, amongst additional criteria.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Possess general tech knowledge
  • Overall interest in the tech and events business
  • Firm understanding of Google Apps for Work and associated applications
  • Comfortable working with Mac and Windows Operating Systems (in that order)
  • Highly organized
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent listening and comprehension skills
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  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds<\li>

Availability:
This position starts once filled and runs through March 2017. A 10-20 hour a week time commitment and full-time availability during SXSWeek, March 10-19, is required.