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Aurora Picture Show Opportunities

Aurora Picture Show is currently seeking applications for the following positions:
  • Summer Filmmaking Program Internship (Paid Position)
  • Media Arts Educator (Hourly Contract Position)
  • Internship (Unpaid Position)

Summer Filmmaking Program Internship (Paid Position)

This internship is part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, managed by Volunteer Houston.

APPLICATION DATES
  • Resume and Cover Letter due: March 27
  • Notification of acceptance: March 31
  • Internship starting date: June 14
  • Internship ending date: August 13

DESCRIPTION
Aurora Picture Show is seeking for a Summer Filmmaking Program Apprentice. This full-time internship would be responsible for managing our seasonal education programs for youth and teens offered in June, July and August, specifically focused on the management of our Summer Filmmaking Boot Camps where youth learn about, create and discuss film and video.  In addition to administering the management of the program (registrations, communications, teacher booking, scholarships), the apprentice would also work at the camps as an instructor. Furthermore, this role would be vital to assisting in the evaluation of the program by assessing strengths and weaknesses, as well as outreach impact for the program. Candidates should be interested in our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art, as well as gaining experience in arts education and arts/non-profit administration.  Instructors should have experience in a related field; specifically a background in filmmaking, art and/or photography is helpful. 
This is a seasonal non-exempt full-time paid position (35 hours per week with a stipend of $2750) scheduled from June 14 to August 14 in Houston, TX.

APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Organization of the registrations for the Summer Boot Camps
  • Work with Aurora Summer Boot Camps (six weeks)
  • Assist with organization and implementation of Boot Camp Red Carpet Premiere
  • Management of scholarship program, including the application process
  • Update our youth filmmaker support program where youth films are submitted to other festivals
  • Research and help develop a teen program to enhance Aurora’s youth offerings
  • Update and add to binder of curriculum of current education programs for other teachers and future staff
  • Weekly updates to parents and campers
  • Set up teaching space (opening up for teachers, setting up green screen, lights, tables)
  • Create themed curriculum for each week of camp along with other teachers
  • Capture video and written testimonials for future promotions
  • Create a closing bumper with footage from the camp for the final screening
  • Research new technology tools and software specific to digital filmmaking

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Be a currently enrolled, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time (12 credit hours) sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2016.
  • Submit written enrollment verification from their college or university confirming the student’s enrollment status to Volunteer Houston. Student ID cards and/or phone calls are not sufficient documentation.
  • Family members of Aurora Picture Show board and/or staff are not eligible to be hired.

ABOUT FILMMAKING BOOT CAMPS
Each summer, Aurora organizes filmmaking boot camps where youth and teens can learn about, create, and discuss film and video at Aurora Picture Show. As part of our Media Arts Education programming, Aurora Boot Camps teach hands-on narrative and experimental techniques with digital video under the supervision of professional filmmakers. Campers develop, produce and edit their own short films. Working collaboratively on digital video projects, students are not only exposed to filmmaking techniques but also explore less traditional film and video. On August 13th, all camps will present a red carpet premiere screening of their films on the big screen for family and friends.

STUDENT QUALITIES/EXPERIENCE DESIRED
Background in film, photography, studio art, video production or art history and a devoted interest in contemporary art and visual culture. Good writing and research skills; ability to verbally communicate in an efficient manner; ability to interact with diverse populations with respect; excellent time management skills; ability to work individually and with a team; accountability; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Basic filmmaking skills (including filming, editing, sound recording). Stop-motion or animation skills, sound design, light painting, and linear video editing is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY
Send your Resume and Cover Letter by March 27, 2016 to Camilo Gonzalez, Media Arts and Education Manager, at gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org

SALARY INFORMATION/JOB DIMENSIONS
ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program generously provides a total salary stipend of $2750 for this 8 week Internship, to be distributed through Aurora Picture Show’s' semi-monthly payroll and minus FICA and income tax withholdings. 
Reports to: Media Arts and Education Manager
Status: (35 hrs. per week)
Compensation: $2,750 stipend
Intern will not work for the week of July 4th to the 8th.
 
Position: Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator

Applications accepted year-round
Aurora Picture Show is looking for media art/film educators who can teach a diverse set of media literacy workshops and classes in the community. These lessons will be developed with Aurora Picture Show in conjunction with our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.  Instructors should have an interest in experimental and non-traditional video art. Employment is part-time, typically a few hours each week at various locations throughout Houston and surrounding communities. Each opportunity is unique and flexible applicants will have the best opportunity to work on a regular basis. The pay is variable and ranges from flat rates for a multi-hour visit in one day to an hourly rate for a lead teacher or an assistant teacher. In addition to teaching, lead teachers will also be responsible for preparing lessons, responding to student work, and organizing final copies of works created for class. We are looking for media artists and filmmakers with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the film and video in ways that are relevant for Houston area children. Experience in other kinds of lens-based work instruction will also apply. Bilingual speaking is a plus, but not required.  Assistant teachers are also needed, who might have less experience in education but have experience in the field and an interest in growing and developing into this area by providing support to lead instructors. Position reports to Media Arts Education Manager.

Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator Responsibilities:
  • Prepare creative filmmaking lessons focusing on the creative process, incorporating social issues or school lessons, and creating films that are inspiring, relevant, and appropriate
  • Provide verbal feedback to students on their filmmaking
  • Attend training events with Aurora Picture Show
  • Keep track of student work and submit it to Aurora staff as requested for displays, online and print publication, etc.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your residency 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • A love and enthusiasm for filmmaking and a desire to teach students the creative process
  • Teaching or mentoring experience preferred
  • Interest in collaborating with public school teachers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • All candidates must pass a criminal background check

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in teaching with Aurora Picture Show, please submit a cover letter and résumé, with online of samples of your work to:
Camilo Gonzalez
Media Arts and Education Manager
gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org
Applications are accepted year-round.

Internship Position (Unpaid)

Ongoing Deadline for Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters

Internship Preferred Application Deadline
  • SPRING: December 1st
  • SUMMER: April 15th
  • FALL: August 15th
Preferred Internship Cycle
  • SPRING: January 15th- April 30th 
  • SUMMER: May 1st – August 31st  
  • FALL: September 1st – December 15th 

OVERVIEW
The Aurora Picture Show Internship Program provides students with a bridge between studying media arts as a student and working in media arts field as a professional, by providing hands-on experience within a well-established media art organization. Interns gain insight into the national and international world of new media art, along with basic administrative skills useful in any professional position. Interns at Aurora are involved in: basic operations of arts management (data entry and office errands), programming (screening film submissions), community outreach, fundraising, publicity (press outreach and press clippings), and social events (providing hospitality to filmmakers and screening operations). Though internships are unpaid*, an internship with Aurora is valuable and fun. Aurora prides itself on not only providing experience, but also creating a supportive environment where successful interns are rewarded and encouraged into roles beyond their time at Aurora. Past interns have made strong connections through our network of supporters, which have lead to employment.

QUALIFICATIONS
All interested individuals are eligible to apply for an internship. We seek out interns with the following qualities:
  • Understand the Aurora mission and objectives
  • Eager to learn
  • Understand the many levels of responsibilities that come with a non-profit
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Have an interest in developing their experience into a professional path
  • Some positions may require college, graduate training or professional experience 

Interns should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours a week. The exact schedule will be determined in advance with staff. Interns should be able to work a minimum of three months. Majority of hours are in the office during the week, but weekend event support is also required.

HOW TO APPLY
Please complete our application, in the bottom of the page and attach a resume outlining your educational background and past work experience along with a short essay or cover letter indicating why you chose to apply for an internship at Aurora. Please make sure to include contact details for three references from professors or previous/present employers.
Submit all materials to:
Internship Program
Camilo Gonzalez, Media Arts and Education Manager, at gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org

* mileage is reimbursed if your car is required for errands

Related Files



Internship Application (pdf)
Download and submit with resume and cover letter



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