Friday, March 5, 2010

Internship Position

Environmental Reporting Internship Available

Six months, part-time (no more then 20 hours a week) position working with international film maker and photographer Jeffrey Barbee. Possible travel to Africa, and the possibility of payment and a long-term position.


Internet Based, with the possibility of international travel.


March to October 2010

Duties will include but not be limited to:

Proposal and grant writing for documentary films about the environment. The intern would help refine and present Barbee's proposals to companies, film festivals and funding organizations in both the US and Europe for these documentary films. Other duties will including selling already produced works that Barbee owns the rights to, and assist (if funding is found through the intern's endeavors) in the creation of the material, in Africa, Greenland and elsewhere.

This is an unpaid position that will give the intern experience in the real world of documentary film making as well as: proposals, marketing, selling, editing, presenting, shooting, and exhibiting environmental documentary reportage, writing and multi-media movies. However, IF the intern is successful at raising money above and beyond projected budgets, then the intern will receive a sizable percentage of those sales. So although the position is unpaid, there is the very real chance of income and the certainty of experience in this challenging work environment.

Applicants should have the following skills:

Complete computer competency, able to use skype and conferencing software, MS word, create basic web pages, use twitter, facebook and other social networking systems, a passing knowledge of Photoshop, and hopefully have and be able to use Final Cut Pro 7 on a fast HD-capable Apple computer.
Excellent phone skills.
A very good people person who can dress for movie premiers or a tough day in the bush.
Physically and (at least somewhat) emotionally fit.
Camping experience or an interest in it.
Persistence, someone who can hear "NO" and keep on going.
Investigative and interested in environmental issues.
Able to laugh easily, and plan on the spur of the moment.
A rough knowledge of all aspects of video reporting and production (or an interest in learning)
Travel Ready (passport, no criminal record etc.)

About the film maker:

(click the links for work examples)

Jeffrey Barbee is a photojournalist and film producer who works freelance with the New York Times, the BBC, The UK Guardian, NOS Tv Holland, Smithsonian, Global Post, RTL News, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, the LA Times, National Public Radio, and many others.

Barbee's long term work with the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting has been broadcast in specials on World Focus and PBS's other headline shows, Smithsonian Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and twelve US based newspapers and Magazines, and can be seen here.

He is the Africa At Large reporter and a share-holder in Global Post.

His images and stories have appeared in more than 47 different local and international publications, and his films and short news pieces have been broadcast in nine countries.

He is currently working on a project called Trading Trees.

He is based out of Johannesburg, South Africa.

A typical story for PBS in the USA about forests (as seen on PBS). LINK

Please feel free to contact Mr Barbee for more information

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