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Documentary Research/Production Internship

A small production company with offices in Middletown Connecticut, The Film Posse’s work reaches audiences across the globe. We have produced films for the PBS series American Experience, NOVA, American Masters and Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Our first independently produced documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, about the late artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry best known for writing A Raisin in the Sun, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival; debuted on television opening the 32nd season of the PBS series American Masters; and won numerous awards, including a 2018 Peabody Award.

The Film Posse’s internship program gives college and university students learning experiences that extend knowledge they've gained in academic coursework in various disciplines. Each semester-long position allows students to obtain and develop skills that can be used in other industry positions and translate well in other business and academic settings.

Interns at The Film Posse are supervised by associate producers and production assistants as well as by principals—award-winning filmmakers Randall MacLowry and Tracy Heather Strain. MacLowry studied film at Wesleyan University under the supervision of the esteemed film scholar Jeanine Basinger, and has recently returned to campus as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Film Studies. Strain, an American Studies graduate of Wellesley College, who concentrated in Technology, Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, currently also serves as a Professor of the Practice in Film Studies at Wesleyan University.

During the course of the internship, which is typically 12-weeks* during the fall and spring semesters as well as in the summer, students will learn how non-fiction projects and documentary features are researched, developed, produced, promoted and distributed. Each student is responsible for completing an internship curriculum that includes readings and film screenings to supplement project assignments. By the end of the internship, most students will experience how professionals:
  • collect and organize research
  • plan production travel and logistics
  • prepare media for editing and post production
  • manage complex administrative processes using web-based tools
  • critically analyze content to craft a compelling non-fiction story

We seek responsible, versatile and resourceful students for our internship program. Candidates must be detail-oriented with strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, writing and research skills. Requirements include the ability to conduct research in libraries, on the telephone and using the Internet and a basic knowledge of Macintosh computers and word processing software. A familiarity with FileMaker Pro database software, Adobe Photoshop and/or Avid Media Composer is considered a plus. The program is designed for students who can make an 8- to 16-hour a week commitment; hours are flexible. This is a non-paid internship. We prefer that the internship be completed for academic credit.

*For the Fall 2019 semester, we are offering an abbreviated internship opportunity. We are looking for students to intern for the second half of the Fall 2019 semester starting in mid-October and early November for a shorter than typical duration. We encourage all interested applicants to apply for this abbreviated internship.