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Call for Interns: Program Assistants for Post-Soviet Research Center (PSRC) Film Series

Apartment Building. March 2012. Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Nic van Beek).

Call for Interns: Program Assistants for Post-Soviet Research Center (PSRC) Film Series

The Post-Soviet Research Center (PSRC) is a Detroit based, internationally recognized research group affiliated with Post-Soviet Graffiti ( Beginning in Fall 2012, PSRC will be collaborating with local businesses in the Detroit community to host a political film series. The purpose of the series is primarily to entertain and to educate viewers on the unique political state of the post-Soviet region. The series also aims to bring together the regional, ethnic communities throughout the metro-Detroit area with university academics and researchers. By screening this series of award-winning films and documentaries, PSRC hopes to facilitate discussion and to inspire involvement, both in the Detroit community and in the post-Soviet region. PSRC seeks a Program Assistant (Intern) for the academic year (August 2012 through May 2013). The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience, regional-knowledge, and expert contacts.

Intern Duties:

The intern will play a key role in the process of curating, designing, and magian a film series, including:

– Previewing all films

– Helping to organize post-viewing discussion sessions with local experts,

– Writing and distributing press releases,

– Maintaining a short newsletter,

– Coordinating logistics of a film series (ticket sales, seating, partnerships, sponsorships),

– And acting as a program assistant to the PSRC staff in film series-related operations.

Ukrainian Bridal Party. July 2012. Munkacs, Trans-Carpathia. (Photo: Alexis Zimberg).

Applicant Requirements:

– University student (upperclassman undergraduate or graduate preferred) in a Russian/ East European/ Central Asian/ Ottoman/ Caucasian/ Jewish Studies program. Political Science, History, Anthropology, Film Studies may be considered if paired with a regional focus or minor,

– Passion for educating the public on the political and social nuances of the post-Soviet region,

– Enthusiasm for film as an effective avenue of free speech,

– Dedication to the film series’ success,

– Interest in visual communication,

– Reliability and accessibility,

– Flexibility and initiative to work on projects both independently and as part of a team,

– Organizational skills and an immaculate attention to detail and accuracy,

– Willingness to travel to Downtown Detroit twice a month,

– Attendance at all screenings.

Preferred Skills:

– Journalism experience in writing or sales,

– Experience with film series/ festival organization,

– Regional languages.

Internship averages 5-10 hours a week for the duration of one academic year and is unpaid. Intern preferably lives in southeastern Michigan (Detroit, Metro-Detroit, Ann Arbor), with access to own vehicle. The internship will take place both remotely and in Downtown Detroit. PSRC is willing to work with universities to offer work-study credit.

Required Materials for Application:

– A copy of your academic CV (including any publications, conferences, theses written relevant coursework), and

– a cover letter expressing your interest, relevant experience, and professional character.

Please send these items to: by August 1st 2012 [[Updated Deadline]]

Jewish Cemetery. July 2012. Łódź, Poland. (Photo: Alexis Zimberg).

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