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 2015 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 Internship - Summer/Fall


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 Planning Event Coordinator will assist with contracting, managing activations, transportation and logistics management, and the coordinating of production elements necessary for successful execution of our many conferences and events.

Requirements 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 (Filemaker Pro, Adobe Suite, Keynote, Prezi etc.) 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

A minimum of 15-20 hours per week is required from June through October and full-time during conferences. Applicant must be able to work out of our office in downtown Austin at least 3 days a week.