Fall 2024: Virginia Film Office - Film/Pre-Production Intern (Deadline 8/5)

Who should apply: We are looking for film lovers with an interest in pre-production and the inner workings of a film office.  We love creatives with strong writing and administrative skills and a flexible, open schedule.   Any photography or video editing experience is a plus as well. We like to remind our applicants that this is an office internship where you will work approx. one day in the office for around 5 hours and some remote at home work to complete your hour requirement for school credit (we will consider more or less hours depending on your school requirement).   Since this is a non-paying internship, every effort is made to tailor things around work and school schedules whenever possible. However, it is required that all interns be able to set and maintain their work hours so that projects can be planned and carried out.

The best candidates for the internship are current students who live within commuting distance of our Richmond office and have reliable transportation. Interns are usually university students in film or a related field.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO RECEIVE CLASS CREDIT.

We like to remind our applicants that this is an office internship where you will see more what happens inside of a state agency film commission. We bring productions to the state and help with pre-production, but we do not produce content and are usually not involved on set or with active production.

At this time, we are in the office Monday – Wednesday 9am to 5pm and work remote from home Thursdays and Fridays.

Our interns will do one day a week in the office with us and remote at home computer work the rest of the week to complete hours needed. We do try and get some on set days if there is a production going on, but it is not guaranteed. We try and get out for film festivals and some location scouting, but the majority of the time you will be at a desk on the computer doing script analysis, location breakdown, posting to our hotline, LOTS of picture uploads to our location database, managing the film office Instagram page, handling the intern email inbox, research and data entry.

There will also be discussions and online reading about film permits, film insurance, being a production assistant in the future, our website features, etc. If you have a problem with computer data entry office work, this could be quite tedious for you at times. Please take this into account.


  • Oversee messages from the Virginia Film Office general e-mail inbox
  • Manage the VFO website Hotline; create and post industry announcements
  • Research special requests made by VFO staff or production companies regarding such things as Virginia locations, state and regional services, or referring other film resources
  • Organize and enhance existing research for film location files, which includes assisting the VFO in uploading and maintaining proper database records and possibly scouting new locations for the library
  • Learning about and executing script analysis and location breakdowns
  • Assisting with welcome packets for incoming projects and film festivals
  • Helping to maintain the Film Office Instagram page
  • Participate in office activities such as organization and helping to compose or edit newsletters, reports, press releases, photocopying and responding to inquiries as needed.

To be considered for an internship please complete our online application (https://www.film.virginia.org/virginians/internships/application/) – remembering to include an attached resume. The application will automatically be sent to Intern Coordinator/ Locations Manager, Lori Russell.

Please designate when you would like to be considered and what time commitments we would have to work around. We ask that you please not stop by the office in person without prior notice. Once the application period has closed, we will review all candidates and schedule phone interviews accordingly. Please keep in mind that we must review dozens of applications and can only accept up to three interns per semester. If you are not accepted immediately, we ask that you apply for a future semester.

For further information, call 804-545-5537 or email Lori at lrussell@virginia.org