The Maysles Documentary Center (MDC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. Through our cinema and education programs, we engage diverse communities in creative self-expression, communicating ideas, and advocating needs.
MDC was founded by legendary filmmaker, Albert Maysles (1926–2015), in 2005. He and wife, Gillian Walker, chose Harlem to contribute to this community's rich cultural history and aid in the facilitation of what is taken for granted below 96th street: consistent access to documentary films, education around the practice of filmmaking, and engagement with films to make a difference. Albert, along with brother David, was an early pioneer of direct cinema and among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera, without scripts, sets, or narration.
The Maysles Cinema is committed to a democratic experience of film, one where filmmakers are asked to attend screenings of their own work, and audience members have the opportunity to actively engage with filmmakers, film subjects, experts, activists, and fellow community members in post-screening forums. Our Education department offers no/low-cost filmmaking programs for youth and adults. Teen Producers Academy provides documentary filmmaking classes for students from underserved high schools in Harlem and South Bronx, and Community Producers Program for court-appointed young adults. In both of these programs, documentary filmmaking serves as the platform through which students harness their own voices and engage with the outside world.
MDC is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented intern who is interested in the relationship between arts administration, development, social justice, and documentary film. In this position you will:
- Assist with grant writing and reporting
- Assist with our end-of-year campaign and general fundraising efforts
- Research new foundation grants and development opportunities
-Learn to use and update development database
- Assist with maintaining/increasing membership
- Help out with general office and administrative tasks in Development, Cinema, and Education departments
Internship is unpaid and will be 8 to 20 hours a week--days flexible!!
To be considered, please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading
MAYSLES DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP:
• Cover letter (no more than 500 words) explaining why you would like to take part in the internship program and letting us know something about yourself your interests, concerns, ideas.
• Resume, including relevant skill sets, i.e. computer programs and social media and your degree of proficiency
Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged. Interviews for finalists will be set up after the above materials have been received and evaluated.