Intern and volunteer positions are structured around the college semester system. Positions are available for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Internships and volunteer positions are unpaid, but we are able to offer credit for currently enrolled students. Interns do not need to be registered students.

Note on COVID-19: Our staff is working remotely for the foreseeable future, but we are planning to move forward with our internship program as usual. Internships may be remote until campuses re-open. 

 

What Kind of Work Can Interns Expect?

 

Quotes of Endorsement:

  • Research scholars, activists, and critics whose work is relevant to new releases.
  • Correspond with and follow up with potential reviewers

Social Media Outreach:

  • Write social media posts connecting MEF releases to relevant news or academic work.
  • Research and share interesting media literacy news with MEF followers.
  • Write blog posts for the MEF website.

Office Assistance:

  • Observe the daily operations of a non-profit organization.
  • Attend marketing meetings with staff.
  • Help with shipping and stocking.

 

More information and how to apply:

Production Internship

There are no current openings for Production Internships.

6-12 Credits
(2-4 days a week, 9am-5pm)

Production interns work directly with MEF producers and editors on a variety of tasks assisting in the completion of both daily and long-term operations. These include media collection and research, converting media to an assortment of different formats, transcribing, maintaining our extensive in-house news log and other responsibilities. We are looking for people with depth, diligence, communication skills and the ability to collaborate. Experience using Macs and Mac-based programs (such as Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and/or Photoshop) is a plus.

Marketing/Administration Internship

3-12 Credits
(8 hours a week minimum commitment. Flexible schedule between the hours of 9 am-5pm, Monday through Friday.)

Marketing interns gain experience in various aspects of market and distribution research, outreach, and public relations. Marketing interns assist in projects such as monitoring and posting to our social media sites, creating and assembling press kits, developing and updating content for the website, sending out new video releases to reviewers, submitting our films to conferences and film festivals, and proofreading print and web materials. On the administration side, interns will assist in all aspects of sales and distribution, and help with other front-office or finance operations. Desirable candidates will be curious, organized, self-directed, and able to multi-task. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. Familiarity with social media and basic HTML is a plus.

How to Apply for an Internship

Please apply via email by sending the following::

  • A cover letter. Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, how you learned of it, and its relevance to your academic work or vocational plans.
  • A resume
  • An unofficial transcript

Send Marketing/Administration internship applications to Emily Keup, Marketing Coordinator.

Applicants to the Marketing/Administration internship should, in addition to including the materials above, keep the following questions in mind. Does your cover letter:

  • Show evidence of being a strong writer?
  • Convey an understanding of MEF’s mission, including mentioning which specific MEF films you’ve seen?
  • Express a keen interest for the work that MEF does?
  • Discuss why you are specifically interested in marketing?

Application Deadlines

  • For Fall 2021 semester: Rolling
  • For Spring 2022 semester: November 8, 2020
  • For Summer 2022 session: March 27, 2022

Our Current Interns

Leah Demers | UMass Amherst ’23

What drew you to MEF?

As someone who is deeply passionate about film and communication, MEF harmoniously combines both of those interests in each of their projects. I wanted to collaborate with an organization that celebrates diversity and democracy while advocating for critical thinking and media literacy in the modern world.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

I have really enjoyed reaching out to scholars, authors, and artists for quotes of endorsement regarding upcoming MEF films. Interacting with various individuals and seeing their reactions to the films illustrates the profound impact of our projects.

Why is media literacy important to you?

Whether we are conscious of it or not, we have been constantly consuming various forms of media from a very early age. Media literacy gives us the capacity to analyze the content we are consuming and allows us to understand the effect it can have on our own individual viewpoint of the world.

Patrick LaBelle | UMass Amherst ’22

What drew you to MEF?

I was drawn to MEF after watching many of their films through my university’s Kanopy subscription. I love how the organization is able to make important social topics into entertaining and thought-provoking pieces of media.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

The project I’ve most enjoyed as an intern has been generating leads to provide quotes of endorsements for exciting new releases. I’ve always wondered how those catchy blurbs end up on book covers/DVDs/etc, but now I know how the magic really happens.

Why is media literacy important to you?

We live in a day and age where more information is at our fingertips than ever before in human history- which is great for anyone who loves to learn. However, media literacy is the key to being able to think critically and analyze the sources of information you are consuming from. After spending the last several years studying communication and the mass media system; I am convinced that there is a lot more than meets the eye when talking about media’s role in the world. I think it’s crucial that people pay attention to the media they consume just as they would their food. Reality TV and sensationalistic news debates can be fun “guilty pleasures” but it might just be the media equivalent of McDonald’s while films like the one’s MEF produces are what I would consider eating clean!

Our Previous Interns

Dutch Clark | Hampshire College ’20

What drew you to MEF?

Majoring in media studies, I had seen MEF films in a ton of my courses. I do media production as well as analysis, so I found the way MEF presents scholarly research in accessible and engaging ways was really exciting. When my academic advisor told me they had an internship, I knew I had to apply.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

Definitely the quotes of endorsement. Researching and reaching out to academics who might want to review films has been such a great opportunity. I’ve been able to get a wide survey of the contemporary scholarly work in my fields of interest, while also developing my skills in professional communication.

Why is media literacy important to you?

With how many of our interactions and perception of the world come through social media, tv, and film, I think everyone could benefit from an understanding of how those texts communicate meaning. I think it’s vital that organizations like MEF produce work that makes media theory accessible to people outside of academia.

Gabby Rodriguez | UMass Amherst ’21

What drew you to MEF?

In the fall semester of my junior year, I took a Communication class with Professor Sut Jhally. This class focused on race and representation, with a unit about mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. Of all the classes I’ve taken at UMass, this one stuck with me the most. This was in large part due to the MEF films we watched in class or for homework. I knew I wanted to be a part of something that made such a change in the way I see the world.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

I really enjoyed working on discussion guide landing pages for several of our films. The work itself was fairly simple but required a lot of attention to detail. I felt I was also able to express myself creatively with this project, which is something I really value. It was very rewarding to see my contribution utilized not only by the MEF team but by people interested in the organization and its work.

Why is media literacy important to you?

Media literacy is important to me because I strongly believe that people need to actively analyze and be conscious about what media they are consuming. Watching MEF both in my own time and in school has given me the ability to really stop and think about what I’m seeing, what it means, and why it is important.

Venna Mohan | UMass Amherst ’20

What drew you to MEF?

I had seen a few MEF films for class and was drawn to the kinds of documentaries I watched. After some research, I found out that MEF was a nonprofit educational film company. I have always wanted to work in nonprofit spaces and I am also passionate about social justice and filmmaking. Due to all of these reasons, I decided to apply for the marking internship at MEF.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

My favorite project I worked on as an MEF intern would be creating social posts based on clips from Broken Trust and Man Card. I really enjoyed watching those clips because I learned a lot from them. Then, I also enjoyed the creative process of figuring out which quotes were important and how to summarize the quote in a way that would be appealing in a social post format. I also really enjoyed creating images in Canva for different events.

Why is media literacy important to you?

Media literacy is important for me because the internet is the way most people get information today. Although this is great because the internet has a wealth of incredible information, it is also the source of much misinformation. Having the ability to navigate this maze and find knowledge that is reliable will only become more important in an increasingly global world.

Makena Rasmussen | Hampshire College ’20

What drew you to MEF?

I saw my first MEF film in 7th grade and haven’t stopped thinking critically about media ever since. In college, I was shown an MEF film again in my intro to media studies class and knew then that I definitely wanted to intern here.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

Learning to write and edit social media posts has definitely helped me to become a clear, more concise communicator. I love how content creation incorporates analytics and data but also my own creativity as a writer.

Why is media literacy important to you?

I know that being exposed to media literacy forever changed the way I saw and interpreted media. It made me think critically about the way I see the world. I want to share that with more people and I think it’s especially important for kids and teenagers to learn about media literacy when social media is so prevalent in our lives.

Elizabeth Green | Hampshire College ’20

What drew you to MEF?

I was initially drawn to MEF because of the foundation’s commitment to making academic language and concepts and accessible to a wider audience. These values align with my own as a filmmaker who is also working to fore-front a conscious consumption of media.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on as an intern?

I have really enjoyed crafting custom graphics and designs for social media engagement and outreach. Projects like making DVD mockups and announcements for social media have really allowed me to hone my photoshop skills.

Why is media literacy important to you?

Having a good foundation of media literacy can also help stop the spread of fake news and promote a conscious consumption of media. Everybody deserves access to knowledge and resources that have for too long been entrenched in privilege and academia.