The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a non-profit arts and educational organization whose mission is to engage, enrich and inspire people through the power of film. We celebrate the art of cinema and provide impactful educational experiences for our local, national and global communities. The annual Film Festival is 11 days featuring over 200 films, celebrity tributes, industry panels, filmmaker Q&As and seminars, educational programs for all ages, free community events with 100,000 attendees.


Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all SBIFF internships are currently virtual.
We are not currently interviewing for new internship positions but may have openings in the summer and fall of 2021.
If you are interested in applying and being involved in SBIFF’s Internship Program, please fill out the application below and we will reach out to you with updates as soon as we begin to interview for new positions. Thank you for your interest in SBIFF’s Internship Program!


SBIFF is recruiting dedicated, hardworking interns who want to work in a fast-paced environment. Good communication and writing skills are a must, as well as multitasking and the ability to work independently. Customer service-oriented individuals who act with professionalism are key.
In the months leading up to the Festival this is a part time non-paid internship requiring a minimum of 10 hours a week; During the two weeks of the Festival, availability must be flexible and a minimum of 40 hours is required with shifts within the range of 8am through 2am.
All internships require interns to reside within Santa Barbara, CA.


Interns will be assigned to a department according to skills, proficiency and qualifications. Assignments are flexible and interns may also become familiar with and learn specifics of other departments as well. By working in specific departments of the Festival, interns will have an opportunity to become specialized with a focus on projects over tasks.


After submitting the application and resume through the button below, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews occur anywhere from September-November and for department-specific internships leading up to and during the festival, interviews will take place through the end of December.

*Update: We are not currently interviewing for new internship positions but will send an email with announcements as soon as we have openings in the program.

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