NFL films Spring 2018 Internship Program
Winner of 126 Emmy Awards, NFL FILMS is widely recognized as the most honored filmmaker in sports and is credited with revolutionizing the way America watches football and sports in general. Each year NFL FILMS produces more than 600 hours of new NFL programming for NFL Network, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, all major broadcast and numerous cable networks, and NFL.com. Additionally, NFL FILMS provides audiovisual and engineering support for other divisions of the NFL.
The NFL FILMS Internship Program is a paid opportunity. Participants in the program have the chance to experience one of the most unique learning environments in the television and film industries. Our award-winning staff is willing to assist and mentor those individuals with a serious desire to further their studies and achieve their career goals. Incorporated into the internship program are seminars that cover topics such as navigating the unique employment landscape in this industry, the importance of networking, freelancing, and Q & A sessions with executives and former interns. Additionally, we provide time to observe and experience all phases of our operations in film and video production as well as the opportunity to work on one's own project to upgrade his or her skills and demo reel.
There are several departments within NFL FILMS that offer internship opportunities. A description of each department can be found below. Based on an applicant's stated interest, course of study and experience, we will assign an intern to spend the majority of their time in one of these departments: Audio, Producers, Cinematography, Footage Licensing, Talent Relations, Media Services, Project Management, Field Operations, Graphics, and Studio.
- We do not offer internships in the areas of business, sport management, marketing, advertising, or public relations. Should you have interest in those areas, please reach out to the NFL Headquarters in New York City regarding their internship program*
NFL FILMS is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 internship program (February 13, 2018 -- May 11, 2018). Internships are limited to a period of no more than 6 months. Applicants must be available at least three full-days a week and acceptance is contingent upon the outcome of a standard background investigation. The program is designed as an educational experience for qualified individuals. Priority for acceptance is given to college students in their junior or senior year and receiving academic credit. This internship is open to college students and recent graduates only.
Complete the online application and assessment. When prompted, please upload BOTH cover letter and resume.
YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED IF IT DOES NOT CONTAIN BOTH A COVER LETTER & RESUME
SCHEDULE OF APPLICATION PROCESS
Application deadline: 10/13/17
Interviews held: October-December 2017
Offers made: December 2017
Start Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
End Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 13th @ 11:59pm. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
This department is appropriate for those individuals looking for a career as a Director of Photography, on location Cinematographer, etc. Interns will work with our Emmy Award-winning cinematographers, gaining knowledge of and experience with film and high-definition cameras; learning proper care, maintenance, and handling of film/HD equipment from our extensive inventory, and acquiring real world experience working side by side with our crews in the field for various shoots. Interns will gain knowledge on how to light and shoot NFL Films-style productions and will be given time to light and shoot in various situations, while receiving feedback from our Cinematographers. Students interested in working in this department should have a working knowledge of on-location film production and equipment.
This department is appropriate for those individuals interested in Entertainment Law, Entertainment Business or studying law. The Footage/Photo Rights & Clearances department is responsible for acquiring and clearing intellectual property (i.e.: photos, magazine covers, and footage) from outside sources, to be incorporated into NFL Films productions. Students in this internship will build their research, communication, and organizational skills by working hands-on researching the copyright holder of the requested elements, securing permission to use the elements in our productions and compiling license agreements and paperwork. They will learn the various types of agreements that we enter into, how to build professional working relationships (both internally and with third party vendors) and how to track expenses/detailed information for future reference.
This is not an advertising or public relations assignment. This internship is appropriate for individuals who are interested in utilizing their editing knowledge, while expanding their research and communication skills. The National Football League holds the rights to all NFL footage and the Media Services department is responsible for compiling and disseminating that footage to companies who have a licensing agreement with the NFL. The intern assigned to this department will assist in researching and gathering material for outside television networks, NFL teams, news stations, and movies/television shows currently in production requiring NFL footage. Utilizing our in-house search and database systems, this department chooses aesthetically appropriate shots based on the request to be filled and creates a compilation reel for each job. Interns will also assist the department in completing the department's additional daily tasks. Individuals requesting Media Services must have editing experience and know Final Cut Pro.
This department is appropriate for individuals interested in a career in graphic design for broadcast. An intern in this department will gain valuable experience and the ability to upgrade their skills while working with our staff artists. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the department including designing their own Cinema 4D and After-Effects projects. Additionally, students will be working with our artists on projects in Photoshop and Illustrator; motion graphics design; 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, animation and rendering; motion and timing; typography; composition; and color theory. Preference is given to those students that have 3D or After-Effects experience, competency in Illustrator, Photoshop, and a passion for broadcast graphic design.
This department is appropriate for those individuals interested in a career as a writer, editor or in a producing role involving the creative content of a show. Interns in this department will work with our Emmy Award-winning Producers and learn all aspects of the NFL FILMS style of storytelling. Producers at NFL FILMS are responsible for the content of the entire production from conception of the story, including researching footage, conducting interviews, scripting narration to graphic elements, and the final edit and audio mix. Interns will observe and learn about all facets of the producing position, including researching the history of a player, team, or story; non-linear editing; logging interviews, game footage, and radio calls; and on-location and in-house shoots. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to our high profile programming. Preference is given to those individuals with an understanding of non-linear editing software and an interest in telling football stories.
This department is appropriate for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in the management side of filmmaking. Interns will learn how to assess the creative needs of Producers and Directors, and determine the fiscal and material resources needed to complete the projects. They will assist the Project Managers with creating a budget and managing the resources of the project through the entire production process and, in certain situations, assist with on-locations shoots. Individuals applying to this department should have a basic understanding of the process and equipment used in film production as well as basic business knowledge.
This department is appropriate for those individuals interested in a career as a Production Coordinator or Production Manager. Talent Relations department is responsible for scheduling and coordinating shoots and interviews for NFL programming. This department works closely with our Producers, Directors, Field Operations personnel, and Project Managers to coordinate interviews for various NFL Films' productions. Other responsibilities include coordinating travel for individuals coming to NFL Films or to remote locations for interviews and preparing and disseminating the paperwork to all involved in the shoot. Establishing and strengthening relationships with all of the NFL Club Members, players, and players' agents, is a key goal of this department. Preference is given to those individuals who have a strong knowledge of NFL players, are highly organized and have outstanding communication skills.
This department is appropriate for those individuals interested in obtaining a career in post-production audio, television studio mixing and/or location recording and mixing. Interns in the Audio department will be exposed to all aspects of audio undertaken by NFL Films. Interns will work with our audio mixers gaining knowledge of audio operations on our shooting stage during live shoots, including setup, troubleshooting, wiring talent, and assisting the studio mixer. Interns will also be exposed to our Sound Transfer department and gain experience with equipment used to transfer our 40+ years of audio from various analog formats to digital files, locating audio clips for various productions, and archiving radio calls from NFL games. In addition, interns will be given numerous opportunities to observe and occasionally assist our award-winning mixers with talent voice-over recording sessions, sound design, on location recording and post-production mixing sessions. Priority is given to those individuals studying the art of Audio and all interns will be expected to learn the Fairlight Xynergi DAW, which is used extensively throughout the Audio department.
This role is appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing a career in development. Intern will learn how to assess the development landscape and leave with an understanding of the process of development and the career paths available. They will assist the Director of Entertainment Marketing and the Manager of Entertainment Marketing and will research trends, synthesize data, and create briefing books for pitch meetings. Additionally, they will assist with pro-active research to identify trends in the marketplace, especially for the purpose of finding underutilized areas for NFL integrations. Individuals applying to this department should have a basic understanding of the process of development and be versed in word, excel, powerpoint (or the equivalents.)
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