SXSW Internships

All positions are unpaid and you must be a current student. Most positions require a weekly time commitment and more than full-time availability during SXSWeek, and the days immediately prior to the start of the event. All internships require in office attendance unless otherwise specified in the internship description.

To apply for an internship, submit your resume and cover letter to the SXSW Intern Coordinator. Include in your cover letter why you think an internship with SXSW would benefit you. Designate up to (3) internship positions you wish to apply for (from greatest interest to least). Include your choices in both your cover letter and the body of the email. Don’t forget to include any additional information requested in the internship descriptions. Please include "SXSW 2015 Internship application" in the subject line. Feel free to email with any questions you may have and good luck!

Accelerator Online Researcher Internship

Description:

SXSW Accelerator is seeking a part-time online researcher who can pull together various sources of information related, but not limited to, startups and the VC/Angel technology investor industry. The researcher must also be able to source all work found and incorporate the information into a comprehensive document for event producer.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Demonstrated online research skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • High level of self-motivation
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Extremely detail oriented

Availability:
This position begins when filled. A 5 to 7 hour a week commitment is required, and full-time availability during SXSWeek, March 12-21. All pre-event work will be done remotely.

Film Conference Internship

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.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • An exceptional work ethic, professionalism and a good attitude.
  • Good communication skills and phone / email etiquette
  • Familiarity with phone systems
  • Age 21 or over
  • Working knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Gmail, Google Calendar / Docs and Mac computers are a plus.

Availability:
This position runs from December through March, requires 12-20 hours of work per week and a minimum of 3 days onsite in the SXSW office in downtown Austin. Full-time plus availability during SXSW Film 2015 (March 13-21) is required.

Film Production Internship (3 positions)

Description:

The SXSW Film Department 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.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • Work well in a team setting
  • An exceptional work ethic, professionalism and a good attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to lift 50+ lbs
  • Ability to adapt in a fast paced environment
  • Age 21 or over
  • Working knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Gmail, Google Calendar / Docs and Mac computers are a plus.

Availability:
One position (focusing on submissions) will run from September through March and requires 12-20 hours of work per week. 2 positions (focusing on event production) will run from January through April and requires 12-20 hours of work per week. All positions must work a minimum of 3 days onsite in the SXSW office in downtown Austin. Full-time plus availability during SXSW Film 2015 (March 13-21) is required.

Film Tech Internship (2 positions)

Description:

The SXSW Film Tech Department 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.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • An exceptional work ethic, professionalism and a good attitude
  • Good communication skills and phone / email etiquette
  • Eager to learn and work with film equipment/formats
  • Familiarity with phone systems
  • Age 21 or over
  • Working knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Gmail, Google Calendar / Docs and Mac computers are a plus.

Availability:
This position runs from January through March, requires 12-20 hours of work per week and a minimum of 3 days onsite in the SXSW office in downtown Austin. Full-time plus availability during SXSW Film 2015 (March 13-21) is required.

Pro Media Post Production Internship

Description:

SXSW Pro Media is seeking a post-production intern. Our department is responsible for editing and posting videos of content captured during SXSW. Ideal candidates possess working knowledge of non-linear editing (Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere) and transcoding workflows.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere
  • Working knowledge of transcoding workflows
  • Detail-oriented
  • Well-organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to multitask

Availability:
This position begins June 2 and ends August 29, 2014. A 10-20 hour weekly commitment is required.

Sales Internship (Programming, Production, Marketing, and Administration

Description:

The sales department is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic intern to help with a variety of production, marketing and admin tasks. These include: researching current trends relevant to Interactive, Film & Music, programming & production for the Trade Show Next Stage and Flatstock Stage, operational assistance across all SXSW exhibitions, assisting with marketing for events programmed by the sales department (eg. exhibitions, parties, meet-ups) and administrative work such as filing and data entry. This position provides the opportunity to learn about marketing outreach, event production, exhibition organization and to improve your written skills.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Good Communication Skills
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Well organized with attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of Excel and Microsoft word - FileMaker Pro experience a plus
  • Ability to interact with clients, participants and talent in a friendly and professional manner - through phone, email and in person
  • Ability to problem solve and multi task (especially onsite)
  • Personal interest or knowledge in the fields of Technology, Design, Film, Music, Marketing, or Business Administration a plus

Availability:
This positions runs November - March 31, 2015. A time commitment of 20 hours (preferably over 3 days per week). Workload and time will increase starting in February. Full-time plus availability during SXSWeek (March 13-22) is required.

Software Development Team Internship

Description:

The SXSW Tech Department is seeking an intern to assist in the development, maintenance and support of various software products including SXSW.com, SXSW Cart, SXSocial, SXSchedule, etc. The internship will focus on internal and external technical support, evaluation and testing of software, and general administrative duties.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in a technical field
  • Have general knowledge and high interest in the technical field
  • General troubleshooting, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Comfortable working and troubleshooting with Mac OS, Linux, and Windows
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organization and documentations skills
  • General web development knowledge

Plus:

  • Familiarity with the SXSW Festival and Conferences
  • Past experience with software customer support
  • Experience with Web App Testing

Availability:
This position starts ASAP and runs through March 2015. A 10-20 hour a week time commitment and full-time availability during SXSWeek, March 13-22, is required.

Special Project Internship

Description:

An intern in this position will work alongside our Special Projects team on various assignments dealing with brand development, company research, city relations and event preparation & planning.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • An interest in business, marketing and events
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Highly organized and ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of FileMaker Pro is ideal, but not required

Availability:
This position runs October 2014 - April 2015. A 10-20 hour a week time commitment and full-time availability during SXSWeek, March 13 - 22, is required.

SXSWedu Internship

Description:

SXSWedu is seeking an individual who is eager to learn more about the pre-event planning and onsite execution of an innovations in learning event. This will be a broad, hands-on introduction to the basics of internal operations at SXSW and event production.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • An exceptional work ethic, professionalism and a good attitude
  • Good communication skills and phone / email etiquette
  • Excellent writing, research and proofreading skills
  • Working knowledge of Gmail, Google Calendar / Docs and Mac computers
  • Experience with FileMaker Pro Advanced is a plus, but not required

Availability:
This position runs from October 2014 - March 2015 and requires 12-20 hours of work per week, with a minimum of 3 days onsite in the SXSW office in downtown Austin. Full-time plus availability during SXSWedu 2015, March 9 - 12, is required.