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.

Looking for a job? See our Careers Page for information about open positions at SXSW.

About our internships

  • All internships are unpaid
  • All interns must be a currently enrolled student at an accredited college or university
  • Preference is given to interns receiving college credit for their internship
  • Most positions require a weekly time commitment and general availability during SXSW week
  • Internships occur in Austin, unless otherwise specified

Current Internship Opportunities:


Client Events – Sales Intern

Role Description

The intern will assist the Client Events team with a wide range of responsibilities, including supporting on advancement of Sales 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 Sales Managers and Client Event Sales Coordinators. The intern will also assist with the advancement of client activations to ensure all necessary documents are obtained and stored in a unified, easily accessible location and kept updated as needed.

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.

Music Festival Intern (Spanish Speaking Required)

Role Description

The SXSW Music Department is seeking one intern 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 Internship

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 Ladybird 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.

Registration and Credentials Intern

Role Description

The Registration Staff is in need of a dedicated individual to assist in the processing and support of registrants prior to and during SXSW. The intern will be responsible for providing credentials to all registrants during SXSW and assisting with registration problems and concerns. Additional duties may be assigned closer to and during the event.

Software Development Team Intern

Role Description

The SXSW Tech Department is seeking an intern to assist in the support and maintenance 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.