The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Internships with UMass Film Studies



UMass Amherst undergraduate students can earn a total of 18 credits for internships during the course of completing their degree, depending upon the guidelines of their department and major.  If you are interested in becoming an intern, first talk to an undergraduate academic advisor from your major for information on major requirements and limitations. Then contact us. Credits are registered under UMass 298Y or FILM-ST 398 Practicum, are usually earned as general elective credits, and count towards graduation credit totals. Film Studies Internships are graded Pass/Fail. In addition to the academic work you and your faculty sponsor agree upon, you need to work 40 hours for each credit earned (1 credit = 40 Hours/Semester).  For any semester-long (including fall, winter, spring and summer) internships, the total number of hours worked divided by 40 determines the amount of credits earned. These are the UMass Amherst recommended hours needed to earn credits over the course of a fall or spring 14-week semester: 




The Film Studies Program offers different kinds of internships. Please look below and choose what is the best internship for you.  All our interns must be enrolled in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate program. For more information please contact Prof. Barbara Zecchi, Film Studies Program Director. 


Our Internships:

Film Studies Program Internships

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival Internships

Social Media Internships

UMassterclass Podcast

Mount Ida Semester Internship Program  (Internships in the Boston area - on a hiatus 2020-2021)


Fall internships
Film Studies intern Jake Quinn



The UMASS Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies seeks energetic, detail-oriented, creative, dedicated film students with excellent communication skills for internships (3 credit/9 hrs per week preferred). Responsibilities may include: peer advising;  undergraduate teaching assistantships; film education and career opportunities research; program promotion and data gathering; newsletter; video production; film event promotion and support, etc..

Interns will have many opportunities to utilize and improve upon their writing, research, public speaking, technical, organizational and leadership skills through independent and collaborative work. 

Interns must be enrolled in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate program. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Prof. Barry Spence (Undergraduate Program Director)

Current resume required! .



MMFF 2012 interns


Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival Interns will assist in the organization and implementation of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, with a primary focus on publicity. Intern duties may include: participation in the initial Festival press campaign, including contacting local radio, television, and print media, as well as organizing publicity on campus, among the Five Colleges, and within the Pioneer Valley; coordination of weekly Festival publicity, including: design, production, and distribution of individual event posters; researching and contacting appropriate target audiences for individual events; library and archival research for compilation of film notes and documentation for Festival events; web design and graphic design; event-planning; filmmaker and guest visit coordination; and staffing of events. Interns will work closely with Festival staff and will have many opportunities to demonstrate and develop initiative and leadership skills through independent and team projects. Interns will complete regular progress reports.

Interns are usually contracted for one 3-credit Internship (working eight hours per week) for the duration of the spring semester. In addition, interns are expected to staff all events of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. Most events will take place 7:00- 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays, with some exceptions; some events will take place at the Five Colleges. Interns are expected to assist with preparation and clean-up before and after each event, and will serve as greeters and perform other activities associated with staffing each event. Interns may also participate in additional Festival activities including filmmaker and scholar dinners/receptions.

In any of these capacities, students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in assisting the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies in festival curating and public relations, while earning supervised academic credit for their activities. The Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival as a whole represents a valuable educational opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who will be able to interact directly with a diverse cross-section of film artists and scholars from around the world.

Interns must be enrolled in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate program. 

For more information, contact Prof. Daniel Pope


Social media
Internships in Social Media

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies seeks three energetic, detail-oriented, creative students for Internships in Social Media. Interns will earn 3 credits, for the equivalent of 9 hrs per week.
Responsibility: Interns will create, post, and expand content on Film Studies’ social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Students will also keep track of and analyze audience response to various content. The ideal candidates will demonstrate proficiency in social media, writing, communication, teamwork, and time management. Video and photo editing skills are a plus. In order to qualify for this internship students must be enrolled in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate program, or must have declared a major in Film Studies through BDIC. 

To arrange an interview, please contact the Social Media Internship supervisor, Professor Olga Gershenson  ( with your letter of interest listing your qualifications by 8/24/2020

New Hall at Newton Campus


Students spend a semester at Umass Newton Campus and do an internship tailored to their case study for select film organizations in the Boston area (and earn up to 9 credits), while taking online classes (up to 6 credits) at no additional cost. All students take the Internship Cohort Class (3 credits) and explore film in the Boston area with peers!  

  • Beautiful 75-acre campus nestled in the City of Newton
  • Convenient to downtown Boston and surrounding suburbs
  • Ample free parking
  • Transportation from campus to MBTA (Green Line)
  • Spacious air-conditioned single and double rooms
  • Fitness center and recreational opportunities available on campus
  • UMass Dining Service

INTERNSHIP CREDITS: Students will register for internship/practicum course credits either via UMass 298Y or through FILM-ST internship/practicum course (FILM-ST 398) and pay the appropriate fees. To obtain 6 credits students will have to work 17.5 hours per week. For 9 credits, 25.5 hours per week. 

HOUSING: Housing is available in the New Hall at Newton Campus. This residence hall houses 132 students in a combination of single and shared air conditioned rooms. There are shared bathrooms, ample lounge space, kitchens, and a laundry room in the hall.  If you’re currently a UMass undergraduate or graduate student, not only will you get a great rate on a single or shared air-conditioned room, but also free transportation to the MBTA Green Line, access to our complimentary fitness center, fun activities, and even free parking!

Earn credit. Grow your resume/ networks. Work to obtain your Certificate in Film Studies. Join the Internship Cohort Class and explore film in the Boston area. Be supported. Graduate on time. For more information please contact Prof. Barbara Zecchi: