Priority Productions hires interns -- and offers opportunities for private study students -- for a minimum of ten weeks in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Interns work closely with Howard Weinberg in his office on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Responsibilities include research related to documentary projects; web design; assisting in production, video editing, social media promotion, publicity, grant writing, fundraising and general office work. Interns gain a first-hand experience of independent documentary filmmaking.
Applicants must be undergraduate college students or recent graduates and should have a strong interest and some experience in one or more of the following areas: documentary film, journalism, writing, web and graphic design, fundraising, social media, government, art.
Past interns have majored or minored in English Literature, Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Government, History, Studio Art, Computer Science, Spanish and French.
Please contact us to learn more about current internship, mentoring and private study opportunities.
Shannon Griffin 2013-14 *Sarah Lawrence College, Video Editing, Web Design -- Internship followed by Private Study
Louisa Childs 1999 Web Design
Mary-Lynn Ring 1999 Video Editing, Research, TV Production
Brigitta Wagner 1999 Research, TV Production
Will Lamson 1999 Web Design, TV Production, Photography
Sean Michael Taylor 2000 Web Design, Research
Rosemary Riley 2000 Video Editing
Samantha Burdman 2000-1 Video Editing, TV Production
Kimberly Soderstrom 2001 Graphic Design, TV Production
Evan Golden 2001 Web Design, Graphic Design, Research
Jillian Powers 2002 Video Editing, Rights & Clearances, Fundraising
Christopher Roddy 2001-2 *Fordham University; Research, Rights & Clearances
Shannon Penney 2002 Rights & Clearances, Fundraising,
Jonathan Riccio 2002 Fundraising, Research
Stefanie Blum 2003 *University of Voralberg, Austria; Video
Editing, Graphic Design
Lauren Franz 2003 *Sarah Lawrence College; Research, Transcribing
Melissa Daniels 2003 Video Editing, Research, Transcribing
Christine Coldiron 2003-4 Video Editing, Fundraising Research, Transcribing
Internships, Mentoring & Private Study
Yoon Ji Kim, Dartmouth '13
Dartmouth Interns: Kimberly Soderstrom (L) and Samantha Burdman work on graphics and video editing for Sid at 90, Winter 2001.
In Spring 2013 Weinberg mentored Sarah Lawrence students, teachers and graduates as they prepared seven TedX talks. Here is Ellie Roscher presenting "Thriving Girls Change the World"
Weinberg advocated for Maral Noshad Sharifi, an Iranian-Dutch Fulbright scholar and 2012 Columbia Journalism graduate to make a documentary on the relationship of Homeless Youth to Occupy Wall Street that grew out of her print thesis. He privately mentored her though she hadn't been enrolled in Columbia's third semester documentary program. Maral shot remarkable video during Hurricane Sandy. Her film proved the value of cross-training for interested student journalists in today's multi-media world.
Shannon Griffin, SLC '15, shows me built-in "Paik-like" visual effects in my iMAC computer as we edit a rough cut of my documentary Nam June Paik & TV LAB: License to Create.
Priority Productions interns attended Dartmouth College unless otherwise indicated below *.
Patrick C. Brady 2004 + 2008 Video Editing, Graphic Design
Sarah Gorsline 2004 *Sarah Lawrence College: Video Editing
Lauren Schweitzer 2005 Video Editing
Alexandra Garcia 2005 Video Editing, Database Management
Anna Nattie 2005 Teaching Intern for Dartmouth MALS course
Emily Beverage 2005 Video Editing
Lucy Kennedy 2006 *Columbia Journalism School, Research, Video Editing
Yevgenya "Jenny" Strakovsky 2006 Research, Transcribing
Annie Son 2006 Video Editing, Research
Elizabeth Kim 2007 Video Editing
Yasmeen Qureshi 2007 Video Editing
Teresa Lattanzio 2007 Graphic Design, Promotion
Brian Emery 2007 *Sarah Lawrence College, Video Editing
Alexander Bowers 2008 Video Editing, Transcribing
Ritu Moondra 2008 Video Editing
Owen Parsons 2008 Graphic Design
Evan Wexler 2010 *Columbia Journalism School, Web Design
Kavita Lokchander 2010 *The Arts University College of Bournemouth, Video Editing of Trailer
Yoon Ji Kim 2012 Fundraising, Research, Promotion
Shannon Griffin 2013-14 *Sarah Lawrence College,
Video Editing, Web Design -- Internship followed by Private Study