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Cinema Communications Intern

The Maysles Cinema seeks students interested in the communications and promotional work involved to engage diverse audiences in a range of documentary and non-fiction programming for our micro-cinema in Harlem. Interns will work directly with our staff to create vibrant and engaging copy and/or visual components to promote upcoming programming as well as work with members of the press and filmmakers to connect with potential audiences.

At the Maysles Cinema, our digital, print and promotional materials are key to meeting the challenge of developing a diverse, lively audience for documentary film across boundaries of race, class, gender and generation. The promotional materials produced by our communications interns will be public copy reflecting and exulting the value of the films, filmmakers, subjects and series screening in our micro cinema. We encourage anyone with an interest and comparable skillset in communications, distribution, film criticism or film studies to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

- Assist with writing and publishing social media promotions for upcoming Cinema programming

-Working on weekly newsletters that inform our thousands of members about upcoming programming

-Updating the Maysles website to reflect upcoming programming

-Writing blog posts and articles related to upcoming programming as needed for press and promotions

-Conceptualize and design promotional materials in the form of posters, flyers, web materials, calendars, paintings, photos etc. as promotional works of art

-Contributing to programming discussions and film reviews


-Strong writing skills with a focus on cinema

-Knowledge of social media practices and trends

-Practical graphic design experience

- Ability to work with diverse source material

- Ability to appeal to a varied audience with a solid understanding of community outreach

To be considered, please submit the following materials through the Handshake Application:
• Cover letter in the form of a personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining why you would like to take part in the internship program and telling us about yourself, your interests, concerns, and ideas.
• Your resume – include a list of relevant skill sets

Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged. Interviews for finalists will be set up after the above materials have been received and evaluated.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Apply early for best consideration.

Employer Contact Information
Name: Annie Horner
Phone: 757-561-4472

About Maysles Documentary Center

The Maysles Documentary Center, a not for profit organization, is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. Through our cinema and education programs we engage diverse communities in creative self-expression, communicating ideas and advocating needs.