Film Internship for UW Students

30 Sep

Sustainability in Exile: Tibetan refugees pioneering food and farming futures is a documentary film project examining the global issues of conventional “green revolution” agriculture, resulting Tibetan organic agriculture and sustainability innovations, and how such translate as expressions of compassion in keeping with what the Dalai Lama desires to see more of in the world.

An outgrowth of the collaborative field work between Dr. Jonathan Scherch and Tibetan Government-in-Exile since 2004, the film represents aspects described in Scherch’s 2005 paper, Sustainability in Exile: Envisioning Permanent Culture in Tibetan Refugee Settlements, published in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 1(2).

Comprised of interviews and field scenes in India and the US, including meetings with farmers and officials in the Tibetan refugee settlements, and interviews with Dr. Robert Thurman in New York City and Lamas in New Jersey and Seattle, the project is now in post-production with anticipated completion targeted for December, 2011.

As of January, 2011, SiE became a sponsored project of the prestigious Northwest Film Forum and enjoys not-for-profit status to receive tax-deductable contributions.  Our film preview is available via our website at

Supported by a talented team of experienced (award-winning) film production professionals and a cadre of Antioch University Seattle graduate students, we seek student interns who share interest in the film and who wish to apply and advance their film production skills.

The intern will:

  • Review footage and still images, and become familiar with project background and intentions
  • Collaborate with Production and Editing Team on weekly development projects using Final Cut Pro Studio, on an iMac G7 platform
  • Hours:  10-15 hours per week
  • Dates: October, 2011 – December, 2011


  • Current UW student
  • Strong communication and film editing skills using Final Cut Pro
  • A willingness to learn and work collaboratively
  • Proven ability to work independently and provide creative problem solving
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Passion for topics and themes represented in film project

This is an unpaid internship.  Participation will be recognized by inclusion in final credits for film production, addition to intern’s professional portfolio, and access to Letter of Reference by Dr. Scherch.

To apply, please submit ASAP a resume and a brief email describing why you are well-suited for and interested in the internship position to:  Dr. Jonathan Scherch –


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