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.


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 unpaid internship requiring a minimum of 10 hours a week; During the two weeks of the Festival, availability must be flexible and a minimum of 60 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.

*Please note that while we do our best to take department requests into consideration, we are unable to accommodate all department requests.


After submitting the application and resume through the button below, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews occur anywhere from October-November for department-specific internships leading up to and during the festival, and interviews will take place through the end of November.
*Update: We are currently interviewing for SUMMER internships

About SBIFF’s Departments
Please note that while we do our best to take department requests into consideration, we are unable to accommodate all department requests.

The Programming department screens and selects all films that will be shown during the festival. They also work with filmmakers to assist with their entry and navigation of and into the festival.

Development is responsible for generating donations, sponsorships and grants. The department also creates and manages a database of past, current and potential donors. During the festival, Development hosts VIPs and current and potential supporters.

Education runs all of SBIFF’s year-round educational programs. This includes organizing and planning the following programs: 10-10-10, Film Studies, Rosebud, AppleBox, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, Silver Screenings, Moving Pictures, Stories Matter and Film Camp.

The Marketing department creates all of the ads and emails for SBIFF and runs all of SBIFF’s social media. During the festival, Marketing covers and live-streams the events.

Special Events:
Special Events is in charge of the planning and execution of all Studio Parties, Tribute Lounges, Happy Hours, Panel Luncheons/Breakfasts, and the Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Party.

Live Event Production:
Production organizes and runs all of the Live Events like Tributes and Panels during the festival. Production is in charge of the physical set up (this includes heavy lifting), execution and break-down of these events. Production also runs the AppleBox film screenings and Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies. Must have availability for shifts that occur between 2pm and 10pm as well as weekend mornings.

Hospitality handles all of the accommodations for filmmakers, talent and guests of the festival. Hospitality welcomes all filmmakers upon their arrival and assists them with check-in.

VIP Concierge:
VIP Concierge works with all of the Concierge and Platinum Passholders during the festival. VIP is in charge of Club 85 as well as reserving seats for Passholders and making sure VIP Passholders are taken care of.

Ticketing handles all of the tickets and passes for the festival. Ticketing assists festival attendees with purchasing tickets and passes, as well as their pick-up, which can happen during their hours at the festival hub or at a table outside of the Arlington, pre-tributes. Must have availability for shifts that occur between 8am and 8pm.

Public Relations:
The Public Relations (PR) department acts as a liaison between press, filmmakers, and the festival, whereby helping develop relationships between filmmakers and media outlets. Must have availability for shifts from 5pm-9pm. 

Volunteer Management:
The Volunteer department organizes and does all of the outreach for the SBIFF volunteers (Ambassadors) and assists with their orientation into the program. They also coordinate and keep track of all the volunteer shifts during the festival, making sure all events and Departments are covered.

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