Career Opportunities

Three Internships Are Available For Winter-Spring and Summer '18 at HSSW

Are you interested in challenging yourself in every media arena from script writing to video production to working on an international film festival?  Then Harvard Square Script Writers might be the place for you.  Projects that we (HSSW) work on include weekly script reviews (every Monday night in Cambridge, MA), screenings, workshops, the TV show, Second Chance Cinema, and our film festival Different Faces, Different Voices, now entering its 2nd year.  As an intern for the organization, you will contribute to all of these efforts.

Harvard Square Script Writers is seeking passionate, flexible, and hard working interns for this upcoming winter-spring semester and for its summer sessions.  Below are some of the myriad activities we sponsor:

Small Script Review Meetings

As an intern, you will learn about a variety of film genres, and work with fellow award-winning writers as well as new-comers as we help authors to prepare their scripts for submission to production companies and/or contests.  You'll participate as we analyze a variety of script types (from pilots to webisodes to features) , looking at everything from story structure to character development.

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Left to right: Film critic Bob Tremblay of MetroWest News prepares for a recording of Second Chance Cinema with Rich Faymonville, Genine Tillotson, and Joel Karlinsky.

Second Chance Cinema

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Intern Shep Price hangs lights for our Second Chance Cinema shoot.

Second Chance Cinema is Harvard Square Script Writers' film critique program which airs on local public access channels, as well as streaming on our own Vimeo channel.

Second Chance Cinema's main objective is to revisit and promote films that were not given a proper run in the mainstream for a variety of reasons, hence its tag line, "The best films you've never seen." As an intern, you may contribute by operating a camera, helping to direct the show, selecting films for review, or even participating as one of the panelists.

Different Faces Different Voices

Different Faces Different Voices is an international film festival that was created by Harvard Square Script Writers in 2016 and made its debut in Cambridge, MA on June 29th and 30th of that year, showcasing 29 original films. The festival celebrated HSSW's 30th anniversary, focusing on the art of storytelling, and the importance of bringing often ignored voices into narrative cinema.  It included the newly conceived contest Flicks4Chicks short film contest which challenged film-making teams to create stories with women and other minorities at their core. As an intern in year II, 2018 you will help with contest expansion, marketing, fund-raising, review of film submissions, social media and general administrative duties that will take you inside the world of what makes a great film fest.

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Interns Rose Paleologos and Jay Alba work on the Facebook page and newsletter.

Social Media & Marketing Techniques

You will also assist in keeping HSSW’s online social platforms current,  adding content to the website, Meet-up group, Facebook page, Twitter, and e-newsletters. This is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, experiment with photography, learn about branding, layout, and publishing styles - all as part of communicating our non-profit image to the world.

Production of a Narrative Comedy Web Series

Interns joining in the spring will also work on a web series currently in development through HSSW.  You will be part of the crew as we shoot in a variety of locations in the greater Boston area.

Ideally the interns would have skills in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Photoshop and other CS Adobe products
  • Ability to edit in Final Cut Pro 7 and/or Adobe Premiere
  • Interest in the script writing and the film-making processes--how they coalesce to make a great cinematic experience
  • Experience in either Final Draft or Movie Magic scripting software
  • Enthusiasm, creativity and a willingness to work with script writers of all ages, genders, and ethnicities at our weekly meetings
  • Knowledge of how to work within a pre-built website, authored in WordPress
  • Some web and social media technical skills
  • Interest in creating media (graphics, film and stills) in support of the above
  • Interest and willingness to help HSSW develop new contests and sponsorship opportunities, including professional workshops
  • Interest in marketing of film and film contests, using various media platforms.

Interested students should contact HSSW Director Genine Tillotson at genine@hsswriters.com.

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