Over the years, Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF) has shaped young professionals in the Grand Rapids area through its internship programs. In this unique experience, students with various majors work collaboratively, sharing creative ideas to implement into GRFF programming. These interns serve as the organization's backbone by supporting festival efforts.
Here are the internships we offer:
· Event Planning
· Film Submissions Coordinator
· Fund Development
· Graphic Design
· Public Relations
· Video Editing
Through the internship program, GRFF strives to develop and train young professionals to make an impact on their lives by providing quality job experiences. Interns receive the opportunity to work as a team with other students who have differentiating majors, preparing them for the diversity they will face in the workplace.
GRFF reached out to a few of the past interns and asked them how the internship impacted their lives and what opportunities they have gone on to pursue.
Amy Hallochak, Fall 2013/Winter 2014, Behind the Scenes Team
Hallochak led the Behind the Scenes team, which interviewed filmmakers and created short promotional pieces for the 2014 festival. She also worked with a team of interns to acquire sponsors to host mixers during festival week. These tasks helped her to learn about project management, which she recently utilized when she was an Account Director for Doner Advertising. Hallochack says, “I think about my GRFF internship all the time! Looking back, I wish I truly understood what an amazing opportunity it was and fully embraced it.”
Carese Bartlett, Fall 2013/Winter 2014, Fund Development
Bartlett served as a Fund Development intern where she acquired project management skills in caring for the details involved in development. She is a now the Head of Operations and Productions at S2S Studios and sharpening the skills she learned. Her favorite part about the internship program was how much it prepared her for her current job.
Adam Cutler, Fall 2013/Winter 2014, Social Media Management
Cutler managed GRFF's Social Media for two semesters. “It was awesome to see so many people with different roles and responsibilities come together to produce a series of successful screenings and events.” He is now a Project Manager at NexVortex. He appreciated the experience he gained in management and coordination because it translated well with what he is doing now.
Jess Wagley, Fall 2013/ Winter 2014, Production
Through her event production internship, Wagley gained experience in organization, event planning, and critical thinking. Her role was extremely important for the first annual Fashion for Film. She is now fulfilling her dreams as a Corporate Travel Agent at Conlin Travel and utilizing these special skills.
Juliana Ludema, Fall 2016, Communications/Writing
As a Communications/Writing intern, Ludema wrote and prepared press release, web copy and grants for fundraising. She has taken the experience with her to Caledonia Living Magazine, where she works as a Content Coordinator. Ludema brought a great energy to the team and stated “Being an intern for GRFF further confirmed my desire to work for a nonprofit.”
Meaghan Goeman, Winter/Fall 2016, Graphic Design
As a Graphic Design intern, Goeman had the opportunity to create a sponsorship brochure and the poster for the Spotlight event. She enjoyed learning about collaborative approaches and how they can help complete tasks and events. Goeman is now a Social Media and Marketing Manager at Oh So Clean and will complete her degree in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design this December.
The Board of Directors extends a warm thank you to all of our past interns for the powerful impact you’ve left on the organization.
GRFF is currently seeking interns for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Jen Shaneberger at