The New York Women in Film & Television Intern/Mentor Program provides a rare opportunity for people with film/communications degrees and those with entry-level knowledge of the film industry to interact with professionals in the industry and to gain experience under the guidance of NYWIFT members who agree to serve as their mentors.
The program is named for Nancy Malone, who made a bequest to NYWIFT to support our programs. Nancy was one of the first women directors in television. She began her career as an actress, worked as an executive and then as a producer and director. In 1976, she became the first female vice-president of television at 20th Century Fox. She won an Emmy Award for producing Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (1993) and was nominated for Emmy Awards for directing episodes of Sisters in 1991 and The Trials of Rosie O'Neill in 1992. In 2007, she was inducted as an honoree into the "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio" collection at the Paley Center for Media. She was a founding member of Women in Film in Los Angeles. We named our Intern Mentor Program after her because throughout her career, Nancy never failed to reach down to lend a hand up to the women coming behind her.
The NYWIFT internship is a volunteer position. In return for successful completion of the internship, along with being assigned to a mentor, interns receive a complimentary one-year Next Wave membership in NYWIFT. Also, throughout the duration of the internship and for two months after completion, interns may attend all NYWIFT programs and film screenings at no cost. Such programs provide an invaluable opportunity to meet our members and to begin to make contacts within the industry.
The program is looking for hardworking, serious, and bright people from diverse backgrounds and with different experience. Successful applicants are proactive self-starters and college graduates — people who are willing to make the most out of every situation and seek out opportunities instead of waiting for them to happen.
The Intern Experience:
Interns agree to work in the NYWIFT office for a total of 45 days. The NYWIFT office is open 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday through Friday (closed on Fridays during the summer). The work schedule can be personalized somewhat to accommodate the needs of the intern but a minimum of one full day per week is required. The internship is usually completed over a 4 - 6 month period, with interns working 1 - 4 days per week.
Interns provide clerical support to the organization's general operations, programs and member activities. Interns also provide assistance at NYWIFT events. As opportunities become available, additional intern responsibilities may include work on other NYWIFT projects, as needed. Time worked is applied toward their 45-day commitment.
Interns may attend all NYWIFT programs and film screenings during their internship and for two months after its completion. Programs range from industry-related speakers and panel discussions, to screenplay readings and breakfasts with power players in the industry. Interns are encouraged to attend events as a way to meet NYWIFT members and start making important professional contacts.
At the end of the 45 days, interns connect with the Executive Assistant for an exit interview. Their responses, along with NYWIFT staff feedback, are used to help match the intern with a mentor who specializes in the intern's area of interest. Mentors are asked to meet six times in over the course of six months. The first meeting MUST be in person, the others may be telephone meetings.
The Intern/Mentor program does not necessarily lead to employment. However, many interns have gone on to impressive careers after their experience in the program.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.