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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Internships That Are Currently Available:


Client Event Production Intern

Role Description

Assist the Client Event Production team with a wide range of responsibilities including providing support on client activations, logistical planning, fulfillment for SXSW clients through administrative organization, thorough information management, event planning (pre-event and onsite), production management, and creative problem solving. Facilitate weekly exports of client contracts. Maintain accurate tracking processes and documents through ongoing coordination with all SXSW departments, vendors and clients.

The intern will learn how to facilitate the production of a client event from beginning to end, as well as how to organize and track large amounts of client information.

Digital Marketing Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Strategy and Insights Department is seeking an individual to assist with marketing strategy, data collection/analysis, and marketing automation. The intern will be responsible for short and long term projects, including helping the Strategy & Insights team with record keeping, brainstorming, logic design, and a variety of other projects relating to analytics and marketing coordination. Data entry, meeting attendance, and administrative tasks related to marketing management will be required. This position will provide a wide spectrum of experience in regards to the production of a large scale event.

Event Staffing & Resources (ES&R) Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Event Staffing & Resources Department is seeking several Individuals to assist 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 in regards 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, Create, Edu Expo, Trade Show, Flatstock, Job Market 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.

Exhibitions Intern – Trade Show

Role Description

The Sales Department is looking for an intern for SXSW’s flagship exhibition, The Trade Show, by assisting with all associated production duties before, during and after SXSW. Pre-event planning is office-based, and on site duties at the Austin Convention Center are ‘hands-on’ and varied. Training and guidance will be provided throughout.

Film Submission 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 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.

Innovation Intern (AI)

Role Description

Innovation Group Intern focused on AI: Are you obsessed with the ever evolving and dynamic world of AI platforms and software? Do you consider the industry full of possibilities and new frontiers? Do you often wonder how the creative and commercial sides co­exist and compliment each other?

At SXSW, AI is integral in producing extraordinary experiences for our attendees as well as providing superior services for our clients and partners, who happen to be some of the biggest companies in the world: Bud Light, Mazda, McDonald’s, to name a few. We are striving to create the best SXSW AI enhanced experiences with each event.

The AI Innovation 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 the field of AI.

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

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.

Outdoor Stage Production Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Production Department is seeking a production intern to assist with event production, planning and execution at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. This will include venue walkthroughs, vendor acquisition, production advancement and onsite production coordination. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of festival production management from inception to execution and completion.

Sustainability Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Sustainability team is seeking one individual to assist in coordinating a recycle campaign, as well as maintain other inter-office projects. The intern will be responsible for managing blog information, collating educational tools for staff members, sorting out the logistics behind our recycle campaign, help with carbon footprint offsets, and a variety of other projects relating to the Sustainability Team.

The Sustainability Team consists of a member from each department to ensure we cover all aspects of the event. This position provides a hands-on experience within each area of the sustainability realm.

SXSWedu Programming Intern

Role Description

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival is seeking an individual to learn about and assist in planning and executing programming for the 2017 event. The intern will be responsible for outreach and research for conference and festival programming elements; communicating with speakers, participants and organizers; onsite support in programming and component venues and other projects related to event coordination. There will be some data entry, email and phone support, and administrative tasks related to session and program management required as part of this internship. This position works closely with the SXSWedu team and other departments at SXSW to program, plan and execute a large scale education event. This will be a hands-on introduction to internal programming operations at SXSW and event production.

Tech Intern

Role 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.