Intern and Volunteer Opportunities at Northwest Film Forum

Help us get to know you better! Fill out this questionnaire so we can get a sense of your schedule, availability and interests, to help find the best volunteering opportunity for you.

It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry, commitment and creativity of our volunteer corps. Almost anyone can volunteer here: all it takes is a commitment to a regular schedule or regular team assignment, and an understanding that working here isn't like working for a conventional movie theater, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment.

Our cinemas operate with an entirely volunteer projection and box office/concessions staff, and our office runs smoothly with the aid of daytime volunteer help. Shift availability may vary, but chances are there's a spot for you in our ranks. 

We expect our volunteers to be proactive and confident contributors to the overall tenor and functioning of this organization. Volunteering at the Film Forum is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about movies and/or making films on a budget, and a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers. And of course there are the free/discounted movies, and credit earned toward free equipment rentals and workshops.

Ready to get involved? 
We'd love to know your schedule, interests and cinematic obsessions. Please fill our our volunteer application (see sidebar for download) and email it to volunteer at nwfilmforum.org, or call 206.329.2629 between 10am and 6pm for more information. We are always in need of volunteer support, and we treat—and reward—our volunteers very well.  Thanks for your interest! 

Volunteer Positions

Office Volunteers
Our office volunteers are reliable point people who are the first to greet community members as they enter the building. You should have a working knowledge of our current programs and classes, and be available to answer phones, undertake light cleaning and be open to working on projects, programs and events.  It's important that you feel comfortable working independently and asking staff for tasks that need doing.  Shifts are Monday-Friday and are 4 hours in length, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. 

Box Office & Concessionaires
Our box office staff are hugely important team members, as they have the most direct contact with our patrons.  This job includes customer service, working a cash register, selling concessions and light clean-up duties.  Volunteers should have a basic understanding our our screenings calendar and what the organization does, and should be friendly and extremely reliable.  Shifts are weekend afternoons (varies, usually 12pm-4pm) and every evening (6pm-10pm).  

NWFF Street Team
Want to rack up some extra hours towards workshops and free movies without having to keep a regular office or box office shift?  The Street Team is for you!  This job requires 4 hours a week, but the hours are flexible to fit into your schedule.  Street Team members stop in the Film Forum office once a week to be given posters, postcards, calendars, programs—whatever needs to get out into the city.  Street Team members are the public face of the Film Forum, bringing those printed materials around to coffee shops and other locations in the area.    


We do all we can to make our volunteers feel appreciated. Active volunteers with a regular weekly shift get unlimited free entry to our regularly priced movies.  And every hour you work gets you a $5 credit toward equipment rentals and workshops. Once again, email volunteer at nwfilmforum.org or give us a call at 206.329.2629 for specifics.

Read our volunteer & intern ticket policy here 



Northwest Film Forum offers a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships throughout the year. Interns work independently on specialized projects and (depending on the position) are normally required to commit at least 10-20 hours per week for the duration of the internship. No experience is necessary, but all interested parties are required to send a resume and cover email. Please email volunteer AT nwfilmforum.org or call 206.329.2629 with any questions.

Updated August 2014

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Membership Coordinator Internship 

Northwest Film Forum seeks a responsible, detail-oriented person for our part-time, unpaid Membership Coordinator internship.

The membership coordinator works with Northwest Film Forum staff to manage a year-round membership program; Film Forum members are audience members, filmmakers, film students, families and donors at the heart of Northwest Film Forum's community. In this 1internship, the membership coordinator provides a crucial first point of contact for Film Forum members.

Weekly tasks include:

• processing new and renewing memberships

• entering membership information into a contacts database

• assembling member mailings

• maintaining membership files

• sending membership renewal notifications

• assisting with members-only events and new member recruitment as needed

This internship is 10 hours per week; working hours and dates are very flexible, but the internship must be worked from the Film Forum offices on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Northwest Film Forum requests a minimum commitment to the position of six months.

We are happy to help in obtaining college credit for this internship. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and film equipment rentals.

Previous experience with customer service and Filemaker Pro software preferred. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with previous experience with non-profit membership or community development programs.

Applicants should send resume and cover email by email to molly@nwfilmforum.org by August 15, 2014. Short listed candidates will be asked to interview.

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Local Sightings Festival Internship

Local Sightings, Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of the best in Northwest cinema, seeks an intern to assist with programming, filmmaker communications, juror assistance, and library organizing in connection with this year's Festival (September 25-October 4). The internship runs from mid-August through mid-October, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to organize and produce a film festival while connecting with Seattle area filmmakers.

Desired skills and tasks include:

• Data entry & spreadsheets, letter-writing and proofreading 

• Familiarity with Google Drive 

• Highly organized, detail-oriented work habits 

• Event production 

This internship is 10 hours per week and unpaid. Hours will increase during festival lead-up and during the festival. Work days and hours are flexible according to your schedule, but we ask that you work in-person at the Northwest Film Forum offices.

We are happy to help in obtaining college credit for this position. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and equipment rentals.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received before August 15, 2014; this internship begins immediately.

Applicants should send resume and cover letter via email to program director Courtney Sheehan at courtney@nwfilmforum.org