In keeping with our tradition of nurturing emerging documentary talent, interns at Kartemquin have the opportunity to participate first hand in the making of high quality social issue documentaries.
Kartemquin’s internship program is acclaimed by students, colleges and the film industry, and is renowned for its high educational value. Interns are quickly immersed in all aspects of the organization.
Throughout the term, interns attend educational workshops with staff members and producers who teach various aspects of the documentary field and answer questions about their given project or area of expertise. These workshops include: camera and lighting, sound, dubbing, editing, ethics and fair use, project fundraising and financing, an intern demo pitch and feedback session, and a "lunch with Gordon."
The Kartemquin intern experience closely follows the progress of the films under construction, making each internship term unique and exposing students to sample a range of activities including, but not limited to, project research, fundraising, production, distribution and marketing.
Interns are offered a modest stipend to cover internship expenses which half is distributed at the midway point while the other half is distributed at the end. To apply, please fill out the application below and upload your cover letter and resume. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. No phone calls, please.
|Spring Internship||Jan 15 – May 15|
|Summer Internship||Jun 15 – Aug 15|
|Fall Internship||Sep 15 – Dec 20|
|Spring Internship||December 1|
|Summer Internship||May 1|
|Fall Internship||August 15|
|Spring Internship||December 30|
|Summer Internship||May 30|
|Fall Internship||September 1|
We’re now accepting applications for Spring Internships
The deadline for application is December 1, 2017
It prepared me tremendously to pursue my passion for visual story telling. It inspired me to do what I only felt was a pipe dream. This internship truly changed my life and grounded my dream of seriously pursuing documentary filmmaking.
During my summer at Kartemquin I got to know so many helpful and creative people who truly were inspiring to young people like me who are just getting into documentary work. I now have a network of professionals that I hope to stay in touch with for a very long time. Other than the personal connections, Kartemquin was an incredible learning experience to see how the company works from the inside. From transcriptions to staff meetings, I have a much clearer idea of how things work in the documentary world.
Since I did not have a background in documentary film, it has helped me develop a fuller understanding of the process of documentary filmmaking. Everything that I was able to absorb, whether it was from community screenings, transcription or kitchen discussions, helped me gather further insight into the expectations and necessities of creating a strong documentary piece, as well as an understanding of documentary film from a more theoretical and philosophical standpoint.
It was a great way to meet talented, inspiring filmmakers and minds in documentary film not only inside Kartemquin, but also those with strong relationships to KTQ. I hope that Kartemquin will forever be a resource for me as I embark on my journey in the world of documentary film.
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 50 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Guidestar
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