Summer Teaching Internship in Video Production

Academic Credits


Hours per week

See description



Application Deadline



7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park
United States


This is an opportunity for upper level undergrads, grad students, or emerging filmmakers to get

real-world, hands-on experience (and college credit, if desired) in media arts instruction for youth and adults.

Dates of Service

Summer (up to 3 interns): June 18-22 (9:30 am - 1:30 pm) and July 30-August 10 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) plus additional day to be scheduled the week of June 11 for an in-person orientation.

Location of Service

Primarily at the Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, MD (15 minute walk from

Takoma Metro or onsite free parking). Additional meetings at Docs In Progress in downtown Silver

Spring (12 minute walk from Silver Spring Metro and nearby parking).

Time Commitment:

Orientation: 3 hours on one day to be determined the week of June 11

Senior Camp:

20 hours per week from June 18-22

40 hours per week from July 30-August 10

Appreciation Lunch: on one day to be determined

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Docs In Progress teaching artist with summer filmmaking camps (one for youth, ages
  • 12-17 and one for the young-at-heart, ages 55+).
  • Ensure that equipment is in working order and is transported and maintained securely;
  • Assist instructor with demos of equipment and Final Cut editing.
  • Mentor participants as they go through production and editing.
  • Ensure video material is properly archived and uploaded to YouTube.

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Upper level undergraduate student, studying film/video, broadcast, or online journalism, and/or adult with equivalent work experience.
  • Knowledge of documentary video production demonstrated either through education or experience. Prior experience using Final Cut Pro X
  • A keen interest in and commitment to the mission and vision of Docs In Progress. 
  • Energetic, self-directed, reliable, and well-organized to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to thrive in a small team environment, to take responsibility, and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs of video equipment.
  • All Docs In Progress team-members working with youth are subject to a criminal background


About Docs In Progress

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Docs In Progress is committed to nurturing emerging documentary talent and this includes our Interns. Interns are recognized as important members of our team. Based in part of references from Docs In Progress staff, past interns have gone on to graduate programs, Fulbright Fellowships, and paid professional positions.

While this is an unpaid position, interns will receive the following benefits:

  • College credit (if desired; to be coordinated between the intern, his/her educational institution, and Docs In Progress).
  • Mentoring from Docs In Progress staff, including optional sessions on resumes and cover letters and how to make the most of your network.
  • Ability to attend Docs In Progress educational and professional development programs during the timeframe of the internship (where space is available).
  • $500 stipend per intern to go towards living or transportation expenses. Payable upon completion of the internship. 

How To Apply

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume by e-mail to: Andrea Passafiume, Program Manager at

The attached materials should be Word documents or PDFs and should address educational or work background in documentary video production, professional goals, and interest in obtaining the internship.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.