The Blackbird Film Festival is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic interns interested in media production, marketing, public relations, and event planning to join our team! During festival preparation months (September to May) Blackbird interns work to make this special event come together - from securing sponsors, designing promotional material, curating film screenings, working closely with filmmakers, and so much more!


If you are super outgoing and love working with other people in a team environment, consider applying for the Event Coordinator position. If you're someone who loves watching films and works better independently then apply to be a Submission Judge. If offered the position, you'll be joining an amazing group of highly motivated individuals with who you'll definitely have some fantastic memories and lasting friendships!


Dinora Mendez

This internship was a great learning experience! Through teamwork, collaboration and friendship, I learned how to be a better communicator and leader.

Scott Clifford

I couldn’t have asked for a better internship and am eternally grateful for the lessons, connections and opportunities it’s given me. The bird will forever be the word.

Alyssa Marley

I was truly inspired by this internship and with the connections I was able to make, I feel very confident entering into the job market.

Nolan Harpp

I can genuinely say I gained twenty plus new friends through interning at Blackbird. I couldn’t recommend this internship enough to other students!

Madison Napoli

I've loved every moment of this internship and I'm so honored to have been given the opportunity to participate with such amazingly creative people!




Accepting Applications: October 1st - October 20th

Start Date: January 28th 

End Date:  May 7th

Compensation: 3 credits + Blackbird SWAG

Event Coordinators are the wacky-fun face of Blackbird and they work tirelessly to bring the festival weekend to life. From developing community relations, running social media campaigns, coordinating special programming to event setup and director outreach - Blackbird Event Coordinators do it all! If you're an outgoing, self-motivated person who loves working in a team setting then this is the right position for you!


Available Coordinator Working Teams:

  • Viral Marketing & Social Media

    • This team is responsible for brand management, content creation and festival marketing across all social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  • Communications & Press Relations

    • This team is responsible for arranging press/media coverage of festival events, films, filmmakers and initiatives in a way that enhances the reputation of the Blackbird Film Festival.

  • Public Relations & Community Development

    • This team is responsible for enhancing Blackbird's relationship with local community organizations by creating, maintaining and promoting positive relationships.

  • Festival Outreach & Engagement

    • This team is responsible for effectively promoting the Blackbird Film Festival to members of the Cortland and college community including students, faculty and staff.

  • Media Promotions & Event Coverage

    • This team is responsible for developing and producing media that promotes the Blackbird brand as well as providing media coverage of the entire festival event.


Internship Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled at SUNY Cortland

  • Must attend weekly meetings on campus

  • Must be prompt and professional on email

  • Must be at least 18 years old

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Interest in Event Planning, Public Relations or Marketing

  • Outgoing personality



Accepting Applications: March 15th - May 20th

Start Date: August 20th

End Date:  December 10th

Compensation: 3 credits, Blackbird SWAG + Lunch!

Total Hours:  120 hours (3 Academic Credits)

Film Submission Judges are the backbone of Blackbird and they work to curate the official selections from a pool of over 2000 film submissions. Submission judges need to have a sharp eye for production quality, character development, and overarching story themes. Submission judges must also be strong writers with a self-motivated personality. Aside from a weekly group meeting, 90% of this position is completed independently using Youtube and Vimeo. Work schedules are extremely flexible to fit your schedule.


Submission Judge Responsibilities:

  • Watch and Review Weekly Film Assignments

  • Provide Constructive Critique  

  • Help to Curate Blackbird's Festival Program


Position Requirements:

  • Must attend weekly meeting on campus (Time TBD)

  • Must be able to meet deadlines

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must have access to a strong internet connection

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have Taken Film Production / Analysis Classes

  • Major / Minor in Professional Writing or English

  • Highly Motivated Personality / Strong Self-Starter




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