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The Black List Intern - Summer 2021 (Gold Rising)  



This internship is with The Black List and is part of the Gold Rising Program, an 8-week internship enhancement program that incorporates learning opportunities including an intensive two-day orientation, weekly panels, exclusive networking events, workshops, screenings, and mentorship opportunities with Academy members. To learn more, please visit the Gold Rising page:

The Black List is a technology startup and a film and television production company whose mission is to identify and celebrate great screenwriting and the people who do it, wherever they may be. The company does so via its annual list of the industry's most-liked unproduced screenplays, its technology platform offering writers and industry professionals a marketplace for great material, its diversity lists, its screenwriters labs, and its film and television productions. Numerous Black List scripts have gone on to be produced and several have turned into Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films (The Imitation Game, Juno, The King's Speech, Argo).

Position Requirements

Ideal interns are likely the sort of people who have strong opinions on some, if not all, of the following: the Oscars, Movie posters, book and album covers, fine art, architecture, fashion (haute couture, street, and where the two meet), the aesthetics of television ads, film and television company logos, Clubhouse, and whether RottenTomatoes or Metacritic is more useful. More importantly, they're the sort of people who can communicate those strong opinions effectively with people who disagree without being disagreeable.

While most interns will be generalists - working on a wide variety of projects related to Black List business - prospective interns with a specific interest in, and aptitude for, graphic design and/or video work may have the opportunity to specialize if they so desire. The Summer 2021 internship will take place virtually due to Covid.


  • Office tasks that support continued business operations
  • Note-taking during meetings
  • Regular script reading and coverage (unrelated to the paid service we provide via the Black List website.)
  • Assisting in design and assessment of social media assets
  • Creating and maintaining project and company-related lists and logs
  • Research projects


  • Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter, the latter of which should include a one paragraph answer to one (and only one) of the following questions:
    • What's your favorite movie released in the year you were born and why?
    • Defend a movie with a RottenTomatoes score below 15.
    • What's your favorite movie-related social media account and why?
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university on pace to graduate in 2021 or 2022.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Strong personal computer skills (email, word processing, spreadsheets, online search)
  • Fluency with graphic design and video creation tools (Photoshop, Indesign, etc.) not at all required, but undeniably welcome.
  • Familiarity with social media and digital platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • A positive attitude, self-motivation, and willingness to take feedback.
Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Position The Black List Intern - Summer 2021 (Gold Rising)  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 3/1/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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