40 Acres and a Mule was founded in 1986 by Spike Lee as a career vehicle for black writers, actors and directors seeking a chance to work with peers and develop skills in a supportive environment. Internships are offered at the mercy of production schedules, meaning there are no internships when there is nothing to do. 40 Acres produces all of Spike Lee’s movies, such as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Inside Man and X. In addition to its films, 40 Acres is active in the Brooklyn and African-American community, renovating basketball courts and organizing sports teams and camps. Project 40, 40 Acres’ nonprofit organization, sponsors programs that enable African-American and underprivileged youth to get professional basketball instruction, including a newsletter that provides information about college and news from the NCAA.
40 Acres’ internship program is affectionately called the “intern boot camp.” Interns work in every aspect of filmproduction—wardrobe, props, casting and accounting, as director’s assistants, and in production and editing. Interns also perform general office tasks. Some are even cast as extras.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to the address listed below.
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Inc.
40 Acres and a Mule
c/o Internship Coordinator
75 South Elliot Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students
New York, NY