Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is accepting applications for a nine-month exhibitions internship position that will begin in September 2018 and end in May 2019. The intern will gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting the documentary arts. The intern will be based at CDS in Durham, North Carolina, for the 2018-19 academic year.
To qualify, applicants should be recent college graduates (no more than three years out of undergrad or graduate school) who demonstrate excellent communications abilities, pay careful attention to details, balance initiative and drive with congeniality and team play, show creative talent, and exhibit achievement in some aspect of the documentary arts. CDS internships require a commitment of 30 hours per week, and interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,000.
The exhibitions intern is involved in exhibitions management, planning, program development, and outreach. A successful candidate will have experience in any or all of the following: photography and audio production, exhibits management; a keen understanding of documentary work; excellent skills as a communicator and team player; very strong organizational skills; and enthusiasm about working with community, school, and university groups, reaching populations of all ages and backgrounds.
The exhibitions intern, supervised by the Exhibitions Director, assists with in-house exhibition fabrication, installation, maintenance, and take-down; organization and inventory of preparatory materials and exhibits in storage; transfer of materials to special collections archive; public programming for exhibitions; outreach to Duke University, local community, and school groups, including exhibition and other public events awareness; processing submissions and handling return correspondence; communications with artists and curators; and marketing exhibits and CDS as a whole through web, direct mail, and phone communications.
The intern will be expected to participate as a staff colleague in all CDS activities. The Center for Documentary Studies offers an interdisciplinary program in the documentary arts—photography, audio, film/video, narrative writing, and other means of creative expression—that emphasizes active engagement in the world beyond the university campus. Much more than a traditional educational center, CDS encourages experiential learning in diverse environments outside the classroom, with an emphasis on the role of individual artistic expression in advancing broader societal goals. Programs range widely to include university undergraduate courses, popular summer institutes that attract students from across the country, international awards competitions, award-winning book publishing and radio programming, exhibitions of new and established artists in our own galleries, and fieldwork projects in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about CDS on our website.
To apply to be part of the 2018-19 internship program, send a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample (no more than 3 pages; excerpts accepted), one letter of recommendation, and a personal statement of goals and intent for the internship to email@example.com. Please send all materials as electronic files with “Internship Applicant (Applicant’s Name) – (Exhibitions)” in the e-mail subject line. Ideally, the recommendation letter should be sent as a PDF directly from the person who is recommending the applicant, with the same information in the e-mail subject line.
DEADLINE: July 11, 2018.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), is accepting applications for a seven-month paid programming internship position that will begin in mid-September 2018 and end in mid-April 2019. The intern will gain broad experience in various functions of the festival programming department and obtain an overall view of how festival content is determined, organized, and exhibited. The intern will be based at the Full Frame offices in Durham, North Carolina, for the duration of the internship. The 22nd annual festival takes place Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, 2019.
To qualify, applicants should be recent college graduates (preferably no more than three years out of school) who are exceptionally organized, pay careful attention to detail, demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, and have a cooperative attitude and an eagerness to learn. A commitment to dependability, work ethic, and confidentiality are essential. Successful candidates will have a background in any or all of the following: film, documentary, publishing, event planning, and arts administration. Experience with Excel and database management preferred. The Programming Internship is a part time, hourly position and requires a commitment of approximately 20 to 30 hours per week. Some weekend work is required, and hours may increase in the lead-up to the festival. The intern must also be available to work the entire week of the festival, Monday, April 1, through Sunday, April 7.
Areas of responsibility include:
Process film submissions, maintain submission database, and prepare materials for selection committee distribution and filmmaker notification.
Research film titles, filmmakers, and other topics, as assigned.
Collect and organize film details, publicity materials, and other festival deliverables.
Review film descriptions, interviews, and additional copy for print and website.
Prepare registration materials and assist with itineraries for festival.
Represent Programming Department at registration during the 2019 festival, and assist with guests, events, and screenings as needed.
Coordinate the Full Frame Fellows Program, including corresponding with advisors, distributing program details in the lead-up to the festival, and facilitating master classes onsite.
Support organization of the Full Frame archive, including both electronic and physical materials.
Assist with department clerical duties, including checking the mail, preparing shipments, and answering inquiries by email and phone.
Though the intern will be involved in coordinating the selection process and will have opportunities to review films and observe deliberations, please note that the intern is not responsible for film selection.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema, welcoming filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films and discussions. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS). The intern will be supervised by Full Frame’s Artistic Director and Programming Coordinator and will be expected to participate as a staff colleague in Full Frame and CDS activities.
CDS and Duke University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender-identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. CDS and Duke aspire to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourish. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard.
Please send a cover letter addressing your goals and aspirations for this internship, a resume, two references, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. The writing sample should be a paragraph describing a documentary film, similar in structure to those listed on the Full Frame website and no more than 160 words. Please send all materials as electronic files with “Full Frame Programming Internship – (Applicant’s Name)” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.