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Optimist Film Marketing & Outreach Internship - Summer 2021

2021 Optimist Film & Marketing Internship

Optimist is seeking an intern to work closely with the entire team to grow our audience, manage the screening tour for our new feature film, and support our life-changing impact campaigns. This will be a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in grassroots engagement, documentary production, film marketing, social content creation, non-profit campaigns and partnership building.  In addition, you'll get to work directly with our production team providing support for new documentaries in development.

The position is unpaid, but we encourage applicants to seek funding from their schools. Flexible days and hours, with a minimum of 24 hours per week.

COVID-19 Update:
Right now, we all work entirely remotely and are accepting remote internship candidates. In accordance with all state and local safety guidelines in place this summer, a Los Angeles-based intern would be preferred and encouraged to work from our office in Atwater Village. 

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • Strong and professional communication skills
  • Organized with experience using Google Sheets 
  • Experience building partnerships with stakeholders
  • Familiarity with all major social media platforms
  • Creative thinker
  • Willing to pitch in on a wide range of projects as needed
  • Love of film and storytelling
Bonus Skills:
  • Database experience
  • Spanish fluency
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.


  • Build new impact and publicity partners for upcoming feature documentary, Five Years North
  • Help build and execute strategy for marketing new films to education/school audiences
  • Outreach to schools, conferences and organizations to facilitate content partnerships, screenings, and talks by Chris & Zach.
  • Serving as primary liaison for grassroots screening tour
  • Come up with innovate ways to reach new audiences with the documentary
  • Help analyze success of grassroots film distribution
  • Monitor for online mentions of film(s)

  • Assist with social outreach/engagement
  • Research subjects for new social media videos
  • Research partners for distributing social videos and form relationships
  • Monitor news for relevant subjects to engage with or address
  • Lead content development for Teacher Facebook group

Film Production
  • Research characters for films in development
  • Work with casting producer to secure contact information for film subjects
  • Documentary archival work as needed
  • Watch trailers, scenes, and rough cuts of new films and provide feedback

Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.

Please send résumé and cover letter to with subject line "Film and Marketing Internship"

At Optimist, we’re building a more equitable and sustainable world through films and storytelling. We’ve made short and feature documentaries (Living on One Dollar, Salam Neighbor), digital series, virtual reality films, and interactive web experiences that are designed to change lives. In 2020, we released a feature film (Five Years North) at Full Frame Film Festival and a short film (The Undocumented Lawyer) on HBO.

We’re also committed to making a long-term positive change and run several impact campaigns that have raised $91M for poverty alleviation, opened a school in rural Guatemala, and helped connect volunteers to refugees here in the U.S.