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  • Marketing
  • Summer
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  • 2011

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Beverly Hills based Participant Media is looking for interns for their narrative, documentary, television, social action, marketing, finance and publishing departments, as well as their social media website, TakePart.com. Participant’s film releases include The Cove, Food Inc., The Soloist, The Visitor, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, and Academy Award®-winning An Inconvenient Truth. Whether it is a feature film, documentary or other form of media, Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that also create awareness of the real issues that shape our lives. We believe that a good story well told can truly make a difference in how one sees the world.

Requirements/Necessary Skills for Recruitment: 

Please indicate which of the following Participant Media Internships you are interested in when sending us your cover letter and resume
Television Development
Participant Media is seeking students interested in collaborating creatively with our television department. Participant Television is currently developing content in the areas of scripted series, non-scripted series and made-for-TV movies, both for broadcast and cable networks. This internship offers a rare opportunity to gain active experience in the creation of entertaining, fun and marketable programming that raises awareness of the real issues that shape our lives. Interns will work closely with the TV staff to generate ideas, research concepts, and review submitted content, as well as to identify personal career goals and receive guidance and feedback on how to achieve them. As internship spaces are limited and very hands-on, only committed, passionate candidates will be considered.
Narrative Development
Participant Media is seeking students interested in collaborating creatively with our narrative feature department. In an effort to reach and entertain broader audiences while still highlighting important social issues, the narrative department is now developing films across all genres, including comedies, action, family films, and even horror, along with the character-driven films that we are known for, such as The Visitor, Syriana, and Good Night and Good Luck. Working closely with the narrative staff, interns will actively aid the development process by conducting issue-based research, reviewing submitted material, and completing comprehensive script coverage. Interns will gain practical experience and advice in how to succeed in the entertainment industry…the real-world lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom. Applicants must have a thorough understanding of story structure and an ability to complete clear and concise coverage.
Documentary Development
Participant Media is seeking students interested in assisting in the development of documentary films. Participant strives to create documentaries that are both commercially viable and socially relevant. To support each film's impact and outreach, the documentary department utilizes a unique blend of social action campaigns and marketing strategies, as well as our online community TakePart.com. Interns will have the opportunity to observe daily operations and work closely with the documentary staff to handle and review extensive submissions, gaining an invaluable understanding of the documentary industry’s complex infrastructure.
Marketing
Participant Media is seeking students interested in collaborating in the execution of film campaigns and marketing strategies. Participant Marketing aims to produce campaigns that support our films’ impact and outreach by encouraging and enabling audiences to get involved in the issues that our films give voice to. Interns will gain active experience assisting with visuals (posters, teasers, trailers), social events (events planning, film festivals, screenings), and verbal communications (writing and editing press releases, bios and Q&As), as well as the opportunity to work closely with our marketing team to achieve personal and professional growth. As internship spaces are limited and very hands-on, only committed, passionate candidates will be considered.
Social Action
Participant Media is seeking students interested in the creation and implementation of social action campaigns for features and documentaries. Participant’s social action campaigns are designed to give voice to the issues that resonate in our films. We team with social sector organizations, non-profits and corporations who are committed to creating an open forum for discussion and education and who can, with Participant, offer specific ways for audience members to get involved. These include action kits, screening programs, educational curriculums and classes, house parties, seminars, panels, and other activities, including our ongoing “legacy” programs. In addition to having the opportunity to help build these campaigns, by assisting with issue-based research and outreach to NGOs and advocates, interns will learn about the varied avenues by which outreach happens, the many networks established around causes and how to take action for the causes they care about.
Finance
Participant Media is seeking students interested in gaining experience in the complex world of film finance. Interns gain insight into the operations of a film company and development of various film funds. Duties include updating and organizing films-in-release folders, review and analysis of cost reports, and updating documents for digital filing. Interns will not only develop professional relationships with members of our finance department but also have the opportunity to learn and understand the workings of a multi-media company.
Publishing
Participant Media is seeking students interested in collaborating creatively with our active publishing department. In order to expand awareness and understanding of the important issues featured in our films Participant Publishing is developing companion books for our films! We are also working to develop a series of topical non-fiction books about issues that concern our kids today; Girls Gone Green, the first in this series of books, is scheduled for publication on Earth Day 2010. Publishing interns will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with our amazing SVP of Publishing to research issues, to coordinate and attend events and screenings, to assist with the writing and editing of monthly newsletters and manuscripts, and most importantly, to gain insight and personal feedback from a top industry executive.
TakePart.com Research Intern
TakePart.com is the hub of Participant’s Social Action Network ™, an alliance of cause and social issue sites, NGOs, action aggregators, and the official home for Participant’s social action campaigns. Featuring content covering a broad array of social issues, TakePart.com connects users with the issues and causes they care about. TakePart Research is seeking students interested in collaborating with the execution of our web campaigns and online content. No technology experience necessary, just a strong interest in new media and an eagerness to learn. TakePart encourages students with a special focus in the environment, health, international studies and human rights.
TakePart.com Production Intern
TakePart.com is the hub of Participant’s Social Action Network ™, an alliance of cause and social issue sites, NGOs, action aggregators, and the official home for Participant’s social action campaigns. Featuring content covering a broad array of social issues, TakePart.com connects users with the issues and causes they care about. TakePart Production is seeking students interested in developing and producing original video content for the web, as well as supplemental video materials for Participant Media’s films and documentaries. Strong production and/or editing experience preferred.
TakePart.com Blog & Digital Outreach Intern
TakePart.com is the hub of Participant’s Social Action Network ™, an alliance of cause and social issue sites, NGOs, action aggregators, and the official home for Participant’s social action campaigns. Featuring content covering a broad array of social issues, TakePart.com connects users with the issues and causes they care about. TakePart Blog is seeking students interested in writing and editing for the web (TakePart.com/blog). Knowledge of film industry, blogosphere and social networks a plus.

Benefits & Perks: 
Hours Required: 
12-15 Hours Per Week