Volunteer

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities at Northwest Film Forum

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It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry, commitment and creativity of our volunteer corps. Almost anyone can volunteer here: all it takes is a commitment to a regular schedule or regular team assignment, and an understanding that working here isn't like working for a conventional movie theater, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment.

Our cinemas operate with an entirely volunteer projection and box office/concessions staff, and our office runs smoothly with the aid of daytime volunteer help. Shift availability may vary, but chances are there's a spot for you in our ranks. 

We expect our volunteers to be proactive and confident contributors to the overall tenor and functioning of this organization. Volunteering at the Film Forum is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about movies and/or making films on a budget, and a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers. And of course there are the free/discounted movies, and credit earned toward free equipment rentals and workshops.

Ready to get involved? 
We'd love to know your schedule, interests and cinematic obsessions. Please fill our our volunteer application (see sidebar for download) and email it to volunteer at nwfilmforum.org, or call 206.329.2629 between 10am and 6pm for more information. We are always in need of volunteer support, and we treat—and reward—our volunteers very well.  Thanks for your interest! 

Volunteer Positions

Office Volunteers
Our office volunteers are reliable point people who are the first to greet community members as they enter the building. You should have a working knowledge of our current programs and classes, and be available to answer phones, undertake light cleaning and be open to working on projects, programs and events.  It's important that you feel comfortable working independently and asking staff for tasks that need doing.  Shifts are Monday-Friday and are 4 hours in length, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Box Office & Concessionaires
Our box office staff are hugely important team members, as they have the most direct contact with our patrons.  This job includes customer service, working a cash register, selling concessions and light clean-up duties.  Volunteers should have a basic understanding our our screenings calendar and what the organization does, and should be friendly and extremely reliable.  Shifts are weekend afternoons (varies, usually 12pm-4pm) and every evening (6pm-10pm).  

NWFF Street Team
Want to rack up some extra hours towards workshops and free movies without having to keep a regular office or box office shift?  The Street Team is for you!  This job requires 4 hours a week, but the hours are flexible to fit into your schedule.  Street Team members stop in the Film Forum office once a week to be given posters, postcards, calendars, programs—whatever needs to get out into the city.  Street Team members are the public face of the Film Forum, bringing those printed materials around to coffee shops and other locations in the area.    

Rewards!

We do all we can to make our volunteers feel appreciated. Active volunteers with a regular weekly shift get unlimited free entry to our regularly priced movies.  And every hour you work gets you a $5 credit toward equipment rentals and workshops. Once again, email volunteer at nwfilmforum.org or give us a call at 206.329.2629 for specifics.

Read our volunteer & intern ticket policy here 

 

Internships

Northwest Film Forum offers a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships throughout the year. Interns work independently on specialized projects and (depending on the position) are normally required to commit at least 10-20 hours per week for the duration of the internship. No experience is necessary, but all interested parties are required to send a resume and cover email. Please email volunteer AT nwfilmforum.org or call 206.329.2629 with any questions.

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Rentals Coordinator Internship

Northwest Film Forum seeks a part-time rentals coordinator to assist with sales-oriented research and planning, digital archiving, and outreach related to the organization’s year-round venue rentals program.

In addition to a schedule of public film screenings and classes, Northwest Film Forum is well known in Seattle as an affordable rental space for local film productions, non-profits, conferences and other gatherings and private events. In 2015, the Film Forum will be widening the scope of its rentals program, and seeks intern support preparing for this expansion.

Working closely with the Technical Director and Rentals Manager, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the logistics of facility, event and contracts management from a non-profit perspective, while supporting the Film Forum’s continued growth and vitality through applying your experience in research, sales and marketing.

The Rentals Coordinator will assist with administrative, organizational and outreach work including:

- digitally archiving the Film Forum’s paper records of rental contracts and relationships
- creating a new organizational system for tracking and analyzing different types of rental relationships
- researching sales and outreach opportunities, as well as local competition and pricing
- working with the Technical Director and Marketing Manager on sales and outreach campaigns related to rentals program growth

We ask for a 10 hour a week commitment from November 2014 - April 2015, with the possibility to extend based on your available time and interests. The internship is unpaid, but job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward class and film equipment rental fees. We are happy to assist with obtaining college credit for this internship.

Desired Qualifications 

High level of personal organization skills
Familiarity with Northwest Film Forum’s mission and history
Professional experience in sales or marketing
Experience with event planning and production
Familiarity with data entry and database software; Filemaker preferred
Familiarity with Google tools
Demonstrated experience with customer service

To apply, please send a resume and cover email to matt@nwfilmforum.org, with "Rentals Coordinator" in the subject line.

 

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Programs Internship

Northwest Film Forum seeks a Programs Intern to assist the Program Director with coordinating and developing film programs and events.

Internship Tasks

  • Writing: film descriptions and event copy
  • Research: upcoming film programs, grant, sponsor and partner opportunities
  • Publicity: promoting upcoming screenings and events through community outreach and social media outlets
  • Administration: creating box office reports, maintaining bookings database, coordinating event logistics and contacts

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Well-organized and self-motivated 
  • Graphic design, videography, event production, Finalcut Pro or Adobe Premiere skills a plus

This is a non-paid, quarterly internship. This position requires a minimum three month commitment for 15 hours a week. Schedule is negotiable, but should be available during business hours (10am-6pm) at least one day per week.

Benefits

Free entry to film screenings at NWFF cinemas, free popcorn, $5 credit for every hour worked toward equipment rental and workshops, plus many networking opportunities. 

Position is open until filled.
Position begins immediately or mutually agreeable date.
Students interested in film are encouraged to apply.

Send a letter of interest, resume and three references to program director Courtney Sheehan: courtney@nwfilmforum.org 

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Accounting Coordinator Internship

Northwest Film Forum seeks two part-time Accounting volunteers, to assist with maintaining bookkeeping records. This is the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience running a non-profit film center. 

Qualifications 

  • Passion for non-profit work and/or filmmaking and film appreciation 
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks
  • A background in accounting/finance or relevant experience 
  • Daily Tasks
  • Data input and analysis 
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Business and Systems Manager 

This internship is 8 hours per week, for a one-day time slot on Monday or Friday, and works closely with the Business and Systems Manager.

This internship is unpaid; we are happy to help in obtaining college credit for this internship. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and film equipment rentals.

Position is open until filled.
Position begins immediately or mutually agreeable date.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to david@nwfilmforum.org, with "Accounting Coordinator" in the subject line.

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Systems Coordinator Internship

Northwest Film Forum seeks an information technology intern, to assist with technical support for both public and internal facilities and tasks.

The time commitment for this internship is 16 hours a week (two days), ideally on a Tuesday and Thursday, for 6 months or longer. 

Qualifications 

  • Passion for non-profit work and/or filmmaking and film appreciation 
  • A background in IT, Software Development, Computer Engineer or relevant experience 

Daily Tasks

  • Provide day-to-day technical support and guidance in the Non-Linear Editing Lab
  • Administrate Google for Non-Profit Tools including AdWords and Analytics
  • Configure and setup MAC workstations, Windows systems, and Linux servers.
  • Provide assistance to the Business and Systems Manager 

This internship is unpaid; we are happy to help in obtaining college credit for this internship. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and film equipment rentals.

Position is open until filled.
Position begins immediately or mutually agreeable date.

Please send a resume and cover letter to david@nwfilmforum.org, with "Systems Coordinator" in the subject line.

Page updated November 2014