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 2016-2017 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 full-time availability during SXSWeek, and the days immediately preceding the start of the event.

Internships That Are Currently Available:

Planning Event Coordinator Intern


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

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.

Tech Intern


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
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds

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.