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.

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Current Internship Opportunities:


Client Events Intern

Role Description

The intern will assist the Client Events team with a wide range of responsibilities, including supporting advancement of activations, ensuring fulfillment of assets through administrative organization, thorough information management, event planning, logistical support and creative problem solving. The intern will essentially act as the information management lead in ensuring the Client Events team gathers all necessary client plans in advance of deadlines set internally and externally (i.e. City of Austin, Austin Convention Center, various hotels, etc.). Responsibilities for this position include updating and maintaining accurate tracking processes and documents for the Client Events team, while providing direct support to the Lead Client Event Managers and Client Event Coordinators. The intern will also assist with the advancement of sponsor and client activations to ensure all necessary documents are obtained and stored in a unified, easily accessible location and kept updated as needed.

Commercial Content Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Commercial Content department, part of the Innovation Group, seeks a motivated individual to assist in the coordination of Commercial Content’s operations and the processing of content capture requests. Knowledgeable in the various current and emerging media platforms, this individual will be responsible for weekly projects, including but not limited to, tracking project status for Commercial Content initiatives, generating reports on Content Capture approvals for internal distribution, and research of potential revenue opportunities from trademark license sales. When applicable, this individual may be called upon as an on-site production assistant for SXSW Commercial Content productions.

Emergent Technologies Intern

Role Description

The Emergent Technologies Intern will be responsible for assisting the team by gathering and assembling assigned researched materials to ensure the team members are well informed and up to date on the most recent news, trends, market research, and latest advancements in event technology, including AI, AR, voice (eg Alexa, Google Home) and more.

The ideal intern must work well within a team, have excellent communication skills and be agile in a demanding environment.

Event Staffing & Resources (ES&R) Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Event Staffing & Resources Department is seeking several Individuals to engage in the coordination of almost 4,000 volunteers, as well as other event planning projects. The intern will be responsible for weekly learning projects, including helping volunteers with the volunteer sign up process, volunteer scheduling, social and training event planning, and a variety of other projects relating to volunteer and event coordination. Data entry, phone inquiries, and administrative tasks related to volunteer management will be required. The ES&R Department works closely with all departments within SXSW to ensure proper planning and execution of the volunteer plan. This position will provide a wide spectrum of experience relating to the production of a large scale event.

Exhibitions Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Exhibitions Team is seeking several Individuals to assist in the coordination of SXSW branded exhibitions, including Gaming Expo, Wellness, SXSW Create, Edu Expo, Trade Show, Flatstock, Job Market, Southbites Food Trailer Court, and more during our March events. The intern will be responsible for weekly learning projects, including drafting mass email communications for each exhibition, curating and scheduling specialty areas on the show floors, guiding exhibitors through the logistics of exhibiting at SXSW, and a variety of other projects relating to exhibitions and event coordination. Data entry, phone inquiries, and administrative tasks related to event management will be required. The Exhibitions Team works closely with all departments within SXSW to ensure proper planning and execution of the show floors.

Film Conference Intern

Role Description

The Film department at SXSW is seeking an individual who is eager to learn more about pre-event planning at a Film Festival conference. This will be a broad, hands-on introduction to the basics of internal operations. This person will interface with Film Conference Speakers so great communication skills are a must.

Film Festival Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Film department is seeking an individual who is eager to learn more about pre-event planning at a Film Festival. This will be a broad, hands-on introduction to the basics of internal operations primarily focused on Festival Submissions. This internship will require interfacing with those who submit to the SXSW Film Festival, so great communication skills are a must.

Film Production Intern

Role Description

The Film department at SXSW is seeking individuals who are eager to do production work at and leading up to the Film Festival. An individual seeking this position should have an interest in event production and a willingness to work hard.

Film Tech Intern

Role Description

The Film Tech department at SXSW is seeking individuals who are eager to learn the Film Tech Database and different exhibition formats used at the festival. An individual seeking this position should have an interest in film exhibition and a willingness to work hard.

Music Festival Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Music Festival Department is seeking several interns to assist the Booking Staff with day-to-day operations, artist advancement, and data entry. Additional assistance with music-related projects may be required. These positions will provide hands-on experience in the production of a large scale music festival.

Music Festival Intern (Spanish Speaking Required)

Role Description

The SXSW Music Department is seeking one intern fluent in Spanish to assist the Booking Staff with day-to-day operations, artist advancement, and data entry. Additional assistance with music-related projects may be required. This position will provide hands-on experience in the production of a large scale music festival.

Online Marketing Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Brand & Marketing Department is seeking an Online Marketing Intern to assist with the execution of digital marketing programs. The intern will be responsible for providing support in a number of areas, including but not limited to: project coordination, campaign setup, budget and campaign tracking, SEM & SEO initiatives, content proofing, keyword optimization, A/B testing, and best-practices research. Graphic design skills are preferred, but not required.

This position will provide a wide spectrum of experience relating to the promotion and marketing strategy behind a large-scale, international event.

Photography Management Intern

Role Description

The Senior Photography Manager is seeking an intern to assist in the coordination of SXSW Photography efforts. Photography works closely with all departments to plan, coordinate and execute photo coverage of SXSW events. After the event, Photography catalogs and makes all photos available and searchable internally. The intern will have a wide range of responsibilities, from creative to administrative. Their role will include, but is not limited to, playing a large part in the cataloging and archiving of photos (both 2018 and previous years), setting up regular correspondence with photographers, creating and updating training materials, sourcing and editing photos, attending and assisting on photo shoots, and the opportunity to shoot events during SXSW.

Planning Event Coordinator Intern – Spring 2018

Role 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 Planning Event Coordinator Internship will be working extensively on the logistics and details of SXSW 2018.

Special Projects Intern

Role Description

An intern in this position will work alongside our Special Projects team on various assignments dealing with brand development and partnerships, marketing, research, event preparation & planning, and city relations. The intern will conduct research on company and brand initiatives, investigate and track events, and support the team with client account management. This includes assistance with activations, logistical planning, and fulfillment through administrative organization, thorough information management, event planning (pre-event and onsite), production management, and creative problem solving.

Sponsorship and Client Services Intern

Role Description

This role would help someone looking to get a hands on, professional experience working in the Sponsorship, Experiential Marketing, or Business Development fields.