Winner of 133 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, NFL.com, and content-streaming platforms. Additionally, NFL Films provides audio/visual and engineering support for other divisions of the NFL.
The NFL Films Internship Program is a paid opportunity. Participants in the program have the opportunity to experience one of the most unique learning environments in the television and film industries. The NFL Films Internship Program is known for offering an applied approach to learning. Our award-winning staff is willing to assist and mentor 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 for interns 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 their skills and demo reel, if applicable.
While we provide time for interns to observe and experience all phases of our operations in film and video production, the NFL Films Internship Program is not a rotational experience. Interns are assigned to (1) department for the duration of their internship. There are several departments within NFL Films that offer internship opportunities. A description of each position can be found below. Please thoroughly read through each department description before selecting your area of interest in our application. We will assign an intern to spend the majority of their time in one of those positions based on an applicant’s stated interest, course of study, experience, and career path.
*Please Note: NFL Films does not offer internships in the areas of on-air talent, live event broadcasting, business of sports, sport management, advertising, or public relations.*
The NFL Films Summer 2022 Internship program runs Monday, May 16th – Friday, August 12th. Applicants must be available for the entire duration of the internship session and at least three full days a week from Monday through Friday (Full days = 8 hours; Half days are not available for most positions), for a maximum of 40 hours/week. Acceptance is contingent upon the outcome of a standard background investigation.
The program is designed as an educational experience for qualified individuals. This internship is open to current college students and graduate school students only. Students must be enrolled in a full-time academic program and currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to apply. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Academic transcripts (official or unofficial) will be requested.
Students may participate in the NFL Films Internship Program for academic credit. However, receipt of academic credit is entirely dependent upon the policies of the university and is the responsibility of the student. Students will be paid during the internship regardless of whether academic credit is received.
Complete the online application and questionnaire. When prompted, please upload BOTH cover letter and resume.
Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, December 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. No exceptions will be made for those who miss the application deadline.
Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. If you are not selected, you will receive an email notification. Please do not contact the NFL regarding the status of your application.
**YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED IF IT DOES NOT CONTAIN BOTH A COVER LETTER & RESUME**
Program Start Date: Monday, May 16, 2022
Program End Date: Friday, August 12, 2022
Please thoroughly read through each department description before selecting your area of interest in our application.
(Descriptors: Creative Storytelling & Editing; Office-Based; Long-Form Content Creation)
This position is within the Producers Department and is appropriate for those individuals interested in a career as a storyteller, creative editor, or in a creative Producing role involving the 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. This position is best for students focused on long-form, documentary- style productions & storytelling in sports. Producers at NFL Films are responsible for the content of the entire production, from conception of the story, including researching storylines and footage, to conducting interviews, editing, and scripting narration, and through to the final edit. Creative Producing interns will have the opportunity to learn from those Producers and contribute to our high-profile programming. They will observe and learn about all facets of the Producing position, including researching the history of a player, team, or story; editing; logging interviews, game footage, and radio calls; and on-location and in-house shoots. Preference is given to individuals with an understanding of editing software and an interest in telling creative football stories through video.
ARCHIVAL RESEARCH/MEDIA SERVICES
(Descriptors: Technical Editing; Office-Based; Football-Focused)
This position is within the Media Services Department and is appropriate for individuals who are interested in utilizing their technical editing knowledge, while expanding their research and communication skills. The National Football League holds the rights to all NFL footage and this 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 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 this position must have prior editing experience. Knowledge of Adobe Premiere is preferred. This is a video-based position. Please note that this is not an advertising, news media, or public relations assignment.
(Descriptors: Legal; Office-Based; Production Risk Management)
This position is within Business Affairs and is appropriate for those individuals interested in a career in sports and entertainment law. Interns in this department will work alongside the Vice President of Business Affairs and learn about production risk and risk management in sports television from a legal, operations, and project management perspective. The Business Affairs intern will have the opportunity to assist with production risk assessments for upcoming shoots and coordinate with Producers, Legal, Insurance, Field Operations, and Project Management to learn how to develop a production risk plan. The intern will attend production planning meetings to understand Business Affairs support needed for upcoming shoots. Additional responsibilities will include assisting with the drafting of releases and related legal agreements for productions and learning how to generate business term sheets for potential production partners. Preference is given to individuals currently enrolled in law school, with an understanding of business affairs and/or production risk management.
FOOTAGE RESEARCH AND ACQUISITION
(Descriptors: Administrative; Office-Based; Research & Coordination; Teamwork)
This position is within the Footage Acquisition Department and is appropriate for someone interested in the field of intellectual property, research, and post-production in the sports television world. An intern in this role will have hands-on experience researching and fulfilling requests submitted by Producers to acquire third party footage & photos to be used in NFL Films’ productions. Interns will work closely with Producers, Post-Production Scheduling, Media Administration, Legal, and Project Managers while acquiring and licensing materials for various projects based on set deadlines and budgets. This involves researching various photos or footage Producers would like to find for usage in their shows, communicating with the various departments to get those materials through the system, and following through to finalize and file paperwork (agreements, purchase orders, invoices, etc.). Individuals for this position must have good communications skills to work with many vendors via phone and email, be extremely organized, and be able to work on many projects at one time. Interns in this position must be self-motivated and be able to work well independently, as well as part of a team.
PRODUCTION BUDGETING & MANAGEMENT
(Descriptors: Administrative; Office-Based; Management & Coordination of Creative)
This department is within the Project Management Department and is appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the management of creative projects from a budgetary and resource management standpoint. The intern will shadow a Project Manager and observe how productions are budgeted, planned and executed. They will take a larger role in the daily office tasks needed to manage various budgets, which includes but not limited to the administrative duties of processing timecards & invoices, creating wrap binders, working in the purchase order system and reviewing expense reports. A successful candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, be extremely organized, and self-motivated. A basic understanding of the process and equipment used in television and film production as well as a basic business knowledge are preferred.
(Descriptors: Administrative; Office-Based; Production Management & Coordination; Football-Focused)
This position is within the Player & Talent Relations Department and is appropriate for those individuals interested in a career as a Talent Coordinator or working with athletes at a sports team or agency. The Player & Talent Relations Department is responsible for scheduling and coordinating shoots and interviews for NFL Films programming and works closely our Producers, Directors, Field Operations personnel, and Project Managers. Those responsibilities include maintaining databases and calendars, coordinating travel for individuals coming to NFL Films or to remote locations for interviews, and preparing and disseminating paperwork to all involved in the shoot. Establishing and strengthening relationships with all 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, work well in a team atmosphere, and have outstanding communication skills.
(Descriptors: Technical; In-Office, Set Work & Field Work; Creative)
This position is within the Camera Department and is appropriate for individuals looking for a career as a Director of Photography, Cinematographer, sports Cinematographer, Lighting Director, etc. Interns will work with our Emmy Award-winning Cinematographers, gaining knowledge of and experience with high-definition cameras, learning proper care, maintenance, and handling of 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 learn how to light and shoot NFL Films-style productions and will be given time to light and shoot in various test situations, while receiving feedback from our Cinematographers. Candidates interested in this internship position should have a basic knowledge of on-location film and video production and related camera equipment. Experience filming sports, narrative, and/or documentary-style (within or outside of the classroom) is a plus.
Terms /Expected Hours of Work
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