This position has been filled for the 2024 SFFILM Festival.
SFFILM’s Development Department is seeking a motivated intern with an interest in non-profit capacity building and film/media to join us this spring to learn about and contribute to the establishment of department systems that will lead to greater fundraising capacity.
The Development Intern reports to the Development Director and will assist with the creation of key documents and templates like operating plans and calendars, individual prospect plans, and prospect research documents that will be utilized to expand department capacity in 2024 and beyond. Depending on skill level, the intern will support the Director of Development with reports and analysis of current state development operations and support the creation of documents needed to monitor and report on ongoing capacity-building efforts. The key undertaking will be preparing for and creating template documents that support individual fundraising and cultivation for the 2024 SFFILM Festival (April 24 – 28), and all ($2,500+) major gift individual fundraising. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about non-profit management, operational planning, and film/media. The internship is based in person in the Bay Area and is unpaid.
This internship requires a commitment of 1-2 days per week (approximately 8-10 hours per week). This position may occasionally involve attendance at events outside of normal business hours. The ideal start date is in February 2024, with an end date in early May 2024. Application review begins January 19 but will be rolling after that.
Opportunities and Outcomes
Development interns have the opportunity to learn about fundraising and develop real-world capacity-building experience in a fast-paced, well-established Bay Area non-profit. Development Interns will have the opportunity for growth and mentorship in the below areas and will leave the internship with work samples and on-the-ground event experience and training.
Examples of projects include:
- Volunteer Support & Management – Support the creation of materials and outreach strategies to effectively organize and deploy fundraising volunteers, including contributing to volunteer assignments, training materials, and ongoing reporting of individual prospect interactions.
- Development Operations and Planning – learn about and support all aspects of annual and long-range fund development including preparation of campaign reports and calendars, targeted prospect lists, and Film Festival fundraising proposals for individuals.
- Cultivation and Stewardship – with support and guidance from the Director of Development, support the design and creation of a donor-centric funding model that includes efficient identification, cultivation solicitation, and ongoing stewardship of individuals. This includes supporting the creation of template documents that make individual donors and prospects feel welcomed and appreciated by SFFILM.
- Flexible, energetic, detail-oriented team player
- Good organizational and writing skills
- Ability to multitask, exhibit consistent follow-through and work under time constraints.
- Comfortable interacting with many different types of people (patrons, filmmakers, sponsors, and event staff).
- Knowledge of and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office
- Educational commitment or demonstrated interest in public policy & non-profit management
- Minimum commitment of 8 hours per week (generally two days a week)
- SFFILM is an internationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
- Wholistic introduction to the many facets of event production, and on-the-ground experience applicable to the film festival or general event industry
- Excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a world class film organization and create personal connections.
- Complimentary 1-year SFFILM membership.
- Interns are able, and encouraged, to attend SFFILM preview screenings and events.
- Class credit (if applicable).
- Resume and network builder.
- Unpaid, but great film perks!
SFFILM is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in both its internal management and external programming. Since 2018, the organization has actively been working in collaboration with two Advisory Boards focused on accessibility and inclusivity and officially began work with a DEI consultant in 2019 to further invest in and build on that work. Candidates are invited to discuss their interest and involvement in DEAI practices in their cover letter, and ask us more about our DEAI process in their interview.
SFFILM, in accordance with federal and state law, is an equal-opportunity employer. SFFILM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth, medical condition, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or veteran status. This nondiscrimination policy covers all candidates, staff members, interns, and volunteers.