Programs / Undergraduate Program


    San Francisco Cinematheque


    Start date: Ongoing

    Founded in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is a non-profit media arts presenter dedicated to the cultivation of the international field of non-commercial artist-made cinema through curated exhibitions (presented publicly and online), an annual film festival, through the creation of publications and online resources documenting the field, and by maintaining a publicly accessible research archive. Through our work San Francisco Cinematheque inspires aesthetic dialog among artists, stimulates critical discourse around the field and encourages appreciation of artist-made cinema across the broader cultural landscape. For complete information on our programming and work, please see

    Available internships include: 

         ● Communications Internship

         ● Curatorial/Film Festival Internship

         ● Archives/Special Collections Internship

    GET INVOLVED! San Francisco Cinematheque’s internship program has always been, and continues to be vital to our success and vibrancy within the Bay Area’s cultural landscape and to our international position. Our internships allow participants to develop professional-level responsibilities, receive training and guidance from our knowledgeable staff, and strengthen the capacity of a high-impact, low-resource non-profit arts organization. Interns should be interested in working in a non-profit arts environment and possess strong communication and computer skills. An interest in avant-garde and experimental media is preferred, but not required.

    In seeking interns, we aspire to:

    ● provide opportunities for arts administrative and curatorial training within a small non-profit media arts organization

    ● provide a comprehensive understanding of Cinematheque’s administrative and curatorial initiatives

    ● encourage a passion for our mission via engagement with the wealth of Cinematheque’s cultural resources, including our public screenings and online exhibitions; annual film festival; paper archive and publications; DVD, VHS and online film collections as well as the vibrant community of artists, enthusiasts and organizations who support us.

    All internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 5–7 hours per week and approximately a 4–6 month commitment (unless otherwise indicated). We are able to give course credit for internships through many educational institutions but it is not required that applicants be pursuing course credit to intern with Cinematheque.

    NOTE for 2020: Cinematheque’s San Francisco office space is currently closed. All staff are “working from home.” Until further notice, Cinematheque internships will be remote work experiences, with all communication taking place online and/or by telephone. Staff/intern Interactions can be either synchronous or asynchronous (or a combination of the two) depending on individual needs, schedules and timezones. 2020 Internships are available to any interested parties worldwide.

    To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to
    Please include the name of the internship in the subject line.
    For more information, click here: Call for Interns Fall 2020