Paid Internships for
Young Adults & Youth
Creatives of Color Media Fund
We are thrilled to announce the “Creatives of Color Media Fund” supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Sankofa Initiative. This program gifts media equipment to the BAYCAT community & creatives who face barriers to the high cost of media gear.
Young Adults (Ages 18-25)
From technical training to a career in the digital media industry.
The BAYCAT paid internships provide technical training for aspiring media producers and an opportunity to work with our resident professionals at BAYCAT Studio.
The BAYCAT Studio interns build skills in digital media, including filmmaking, editing, and motion graphics. We also offer professional career coaching and mentorship, since we believe the learning the soft-skills is equally important. Interns graduate with a personal reel, a LinkedIn page, and a resume that showcases clients like The Golden State Warriors, UCSF, and the National Park Service.
*Apply now to be considered for the Spring 2022 cohort.
We are looking for young creatives interested in the following areas:
Working on set, the production assistant supports all aspects of the film shoot. Tasks such as setting up equipment, organizing props, and supporting the producers and directors.
With heavy involvement in pre-production, the production coordinator makes sure the crew is set up for success. Tasks include making arrangements before the shoot day and often supporting the producers and directors on set.
The cinematographer acts as the camera operator on set, working closely with the director of photography to capture the framing and lighting that will best communicate the director’s vision.
Video Editing &
The video editor is responsible for editing the recorded raw footage into the finished product. Most video editors learn motion graphics to be able to give movement to titles, lower thirds, and informational text.
Since 2008, we’ve propelled more than 200 interns into careers in the media and creative industries as producers, videographers, cinematographers, video editors, photographers, production assistants, and more.
82% of our graduates have been hired by major media, entertainment, tech, advertising, and PR companies — all entities that play a pivotal role in shaping the stories of our society.
"I really can’t express how it feels to know that BAYCAT was there for me and you are the reason I am a Cinematographer at the SF Giants! Thank you so much for getting me this opportunity! You have been a huge part of my life and continue to be a huge part of my future. I plan on being one of your many success stories."
— Iman Rodney
Cinematographer & Emmy Winner
"After college, all I wanted was an opportunity to show the media skills I learned. BAYCAT not only gave me this opportunity, but it also let me hone my craft and break into the media industry. I never imagined I would be creating amazing work people see every day. Thank you BAYCAT, for believing in me."
— Jocelyn Carranza
Goodby Silverstein & Partners
''BAYCAT is one of those places I wish I knew about sooner. It allowed me to thrive in a field I was most passionate about, and got me the opportunity to meet with recruiters in my career. Because of BAYCAT, I am now a Production Assistant at Industrial Light & Magic and I couldn’t be more proud to have started with such an amazing program!”
— Remal Halabi
Industrial Light & Magic & Emmy
"BAYCAT ignited my passion to tell stories. Nurtured my vision and helped me develop the skills I needed to be successful in the film industry. Incredibly thankful for all of my mentors and spring 2018 cohort, they believed in me and still believe in me! "
— Mahelet Gezachew
Development and Production Coordinator at ARRAY
Frequently asked questions
What can I expect after I apply online?
The Academy team will review your application. If you are selected for an interview you will receive an email to schedule. Please note that we receive about 100 applications for 10-14 open positions and we aren’t able to offer interviews to all applicants.
How are interns selected?
Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. BAYCAT prioritizes San Francisco residents who are unemployed or underemployed. Low-income young adults of color and young women are strongly encouraged to apply.
How many hours a week do I need to be available?
What is the compensation?
Interns are paid hourly on a bi-weekly basis. The hourly rate is currently $17.34.
Youth (Ages 14-18)
Hands-on learning and work experience
The CREW, our paid internship for high school aged youth is perfect for students with advanced skills in filmmaking or graphic arts. Students must be in have taken at least one filmmaking or design class at BAYCAT, their school, or another institution.
*This after-school program takes place every Spring and Fall. Apply now to be considered for Fall 2021.