Village Vitals


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Interdisciplinary Communications/Digital Arts Internship

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

For this opportunity, we hope you align - even partially - to the above critique on specialization. That is because this Communications/Digital Arts internship promotes a wide array of experience, learning, and growing along the lines of a generalist in a contemporary society.

Village Vitals LLC is a multimedia production company (for now) with aims to grow, and we want you to be the first person to join the team. We haven’t taken on interns yet, so this will be a novel experience for both parties. Our mission is to create engaging content, and actively pursue positive social and environmental impact through storytelling. Currently in the works: feature-length documentary, tons of digital video content, a pop-up dinner!, a storytelling/public engagement series, and avocado board production. Whew! 

The main project you’ll dive into is a feature-length documentary about the Lower Mississippi River. We were granted the opportunity to canoe from St. Louis to New Orleans in a 29’ canoe, capturing and preserving a portrait of the Lower Mississippi River, celebrating the completion of a nonprofit project six years in the making: The Rivergator. For more info on the project:

Responsibilities included:
- Interview transcriptions
- Digital Asset Management/Archival
- Post-production
- Grant writing
- Researching and submitting content to film festivals

- Must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in a related field (Communication, Film/Video, Media Arts, Entertainment business, etc)
- Proficient in Adobe Premiere, Mac OS, Lightroom, Photoshop
- Must be timely, thoughtful, curious, and adaptable

Even more desirable, but not essential:
- 360 degree video/photo editing
- Adobe After Effects, Color
- Graphic Design
- Cinematography
- Storyboarding
- Woodworking
- Event production

Applicants must provide their own laptop, and are expected to meet weekly, with two to three progress reports throughout the semester. Your time is valuable, and so is ours. We won’t ask for more than 10 hours/ week, and the projects outlined above will be determined in tandem.

In your application, please address why you feel suited for the role. Share a story, some personal history, or series of events that led you to where you are now. Why this project? Why do you want to work alongside and with a tiny company (read: less than three)? Non-traditional and creative resume preferred. How would you reformat the traditional resume to demonstrate the qualifications and integrity needed for tedium, as well as for big ideas? Do that here.

Opportunities may arise for travel and new projects - let’s discuss! We want you as involved as you can/want to be involved. This is primarily your opportunity to grow and learn in a young business. At the end, you will be equipped with the skills to manage a documentary production in the edit room, while helping shoot and understand how to shoot, edit, promote, grant-write, and submit to film festivals.

Interviews will be conducted throughout July, and possibly August, with a September 4th start date, running through the end of the fall semester in December. The internship is “unpaid” in cashmoney, but it is paid in the exchange of our ideas, time, guidance, and experience working in: photography, filmmaking, commercial/television production, wedding filming, craft school workshop, nonprofit videography, restaurant serving, bar-backing, bicycling, driving, farming, gardening, cooking, bachelor degrees in Communications and in Film (production), home-barbering, throwing ceramics on the wheel, woodwork, songwriting, canoeing, and pulling espressos.

Your application should include:
- Cover Letter (with contact info)

- Non-traditional resume (preferred)

- Portfolio demonstrating video editing, successful grants/projects, your body of work thus far

Please email your application to with the Subject: Fall 2017 Internship

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your application.