Internship Initiative

In 2020, Canada’s vibrant film and television production industry generated over $9 billion in production volume, contributed $12.2 billion to the GDP and created approximately 244,500 jobs. (CMPA). Yet, it is widely acknowledged across the film and television industry that the racial, economic and gender injustice existing in society also serve to act as a barrier to accessing jobs in the industry. More than 30 of those jobs fall under the rubric of ‘camera arts’.

The CSC, in partnership with the film and television industry, is building the bridges needed to reach out to marginalized and underrepresented communities across the country including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and LGBTQ+ individuals, offering an unprecedented training opportunity in the Canadian Society of Cinematographers trailblazing internship programs, online education, unique mentorship and ongoing networking support.

Program Overview

The paid internship is 12 weeks long, and includes stints:

  • On a production set (4 weeks)
  • In a rental house (4 weeks)
  • In a post-production facility (4 weeks)

The CSC will be conducting outreach to community organizations as part of its recruitment drive for prospective candidates.

Eligibility requirements:

  • must be between the ages of 19-25
  • must be an Ontario resident

Program Dates:

Fall 2022: Sept 12-Dec 2

Winter 2023: Jan 9-March 31 (TBC)

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The role of the Camera Arts Intern is to build up a body of knowledge that will help you understand the range of work available in the film and television industry, where you might fit in, and what further training you would like to receive.  

  • Participate in a “set etiquette training workshop” 
  • Attend an orientation session at the start of the internship
  • Attend a check-in session mid-way through the internship
  • Attend a wrap-up session at the end of the internship
  • While at a host site, assist and be part of the team as instructed by a supervisor
  • Keep a daily journal and observe the role of individual crew members on a film set
  • Job “shadow” someone as they perform their daily duties, observing their activities, and learning what the role entails via indirect experience.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR FALL/WINTER 2023 COHORTS.

For more information, please reach out to Lucy Kayumov, Communications, Education, & Social Media Manager at LucyK@csc.ca.