Jobs & Internships

Employment Opportunities

As a nonprofit arts organization, Heartland Film greatly relies upon the hard work of interns and seasonal staff. Interns are typically hired in the Spring, Summer and Fall, with seasonal positions opening in mid-Summer. Don’t see an opening? Consider becoming a Heartland Film volunteer!


Current Seasonal Job & Internship Openings

Public Relations Manager (Paid Position) - Open for Fall 2017

Public Relations Manager

Position: Public Relations Manager – Seasonal/Temporary Position
Wages: Negotiable
Hours: Hourly, Part-time to full-time
Start Date: August 1, 2017
Timing of Pay: Bi-weekly
Position reports to: Director of Film Programming & Marketing
Benefits: Not eligible for benefits
Expenses: Appropriate out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed at the discretion of Heartland Film. All reimbursable expenses must be reported on a Heartland Film Expense Report.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help manage community partner program and connect Heartland Film Festival films with appropriate groups. Assist with group ticket sales.
  • Media liaison: pitch stories to news outlets and reporters, organize media opportunities and events, follow up with media partners.
  • Write, edit, and distribute written and visual content, including: press releases, blog posts, social media graphics, media alerts, and more. Proficiency in AP Style, social media, Adobe Creative Suite, and media tracking/distribution tools (Cision, Meltwater, PRWeb) preferred.
  • Help edit and prepare content for the Heartland Film Festival guide book.
  • Must be available for the duration of the festival – Oct. 12-22, 2017, Cultural Journey – August 17-20.
  • Other marketing/public relations duties as assigned.

Send resume and cover letter to info@heartlandfilm.org.

Social Media/PR Intern - Open for Fall 2017

1 Fall Internship Position Available

Reports to: Marketing Manager / Director of Film Programming & Marketing

Description: The Social Media & PR Intern is responsible for assisting the Marketing Team with promoting the Heartland Film brand across multiple platforms. This position will primarily assist the Marketing Manager with managing Heartland Film’s social media accounts, blogging, writing/editing press releases, coordinating media credentials and implementing various marketing strategies.

Dates/Schedule:

  • Fall internship: August- Early November | 12-20 hours/week


Skills/Requirements:

  • Majoring in marketing, communications, media studies, film, nonprofit management or related field
  • Detail-oriented with effective time management skills
  • Strong communication skills and copy writing/editing ability
  • Desire to learn more about marketing, social media management, public relations and what it takes to put on a film festival
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is desirable, but not required
  • Experience with social media management for a nonprofit, business or organization is desirable, but not required


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Marketing Manager with social media content creation and scheduling for Heartland Film’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Research and implement current social media trends and best practices for Heartland Film’s social media accounts
  • Assist the Marketing Team with copy editing for the 2017 Heartland Film Festival guide book
  • Write and publish compelling posts on the Heartland Film blog
  • Assist the Marketing Manager with red carpet events, media contacts and community outreach initiatives
  • Assist the Marketing Manager with writing/editing copy for the Heartland Film email newsletter (monthly throughout the year, daily during the 11-day Festival)
  • Oversee the Marketing Street Team (a reliable network of Heartland Film volunteers) in the distribution of flyers, marketing materials and social media promotions


To apply:

  1. Fill out our online application.
  2. Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to intern@heartlandfilm.orgPlease submit all documents in PDF format. 
  3. In the subject line of your email, please include your full name, the position you’re applying for and the internship session (Ex: John Doe, Social Media/PR Intern, Fall).
  4. A phone call will not increase (and may decrease) your chances, so give us some time to look over your materials. We appreciate your interest in Heartland Film and we’ll be in touch soon!
Multimedia Design Intern - Open for Fall 2017

1 Fall Internship Position Available

Reports to: Marketing Manager / Director of Film Programming & Marketing

Description: The Multimedia Design Intern is responsible for assisting the Marketing Team with promoting the Heartland Film brand using design, videography and photography. This position will primarily assist the Marketing Manager with creating content for Heartland Film’s social media accounts, designing flyers/collateral/slides for events, and creating video/photo content to promote the Heartland Film brand.

Dates/Schedule:

  • Fall internship: August- Early November | 12-20 hours/week


Skills/Requirements:

  • Majoring in design, video production, visual arts, new media studies, communications or related field
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Adobe Bridge)
  • Detail-oriented with effective time management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Desire to learn more about marketing, design, nonprofits and what it takes to put on a film festival
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Drive 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to (August-November Fall Internship):

  • Assist the Marketing Manager with the creation of pre-show slides for the Heartland Film Festival and other Roadshow events
  • Assist the Marketing Manager with Heartland Film Festival signage creation, badge credentials and image formatting for the guide book
  • Create compelling content and graphics for Heartland Film’s social media accounts
  • Create interesting and high-quality video content for Heartland Film’s website and YouTube channel
  • Take photos, shoot b-roll video and conduct video interviews during the Festival that promote the Heartland Film brand and the Festival experience


To apply:

  1. Fill out our online application.
  2. Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to intern@heartlandfilm.orgPlease submit all documents in PDF format. 
  3. In the subject line of your email, please include your full name, the position you’re applying for and the internship session (Ex: John Doe, Multimedia Design Intern, Fall).
  4. A phone call will not increase (and may decrease) your chances, so give us some time to look over your materials. We appreciate your interest in Heartland Film and we’ll be in touch soon!

Click here to learn more about the Heartland Film Internship Program!