Intern - Legal Department
Sundance Film FestivalRemote, US
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Part Time Unpaid Internship
The Legal Intern will provide support to the General Counsel while gaining insight into the inner workings of a nonprofit arts institution and the legal intricacies facing a transition to the digital landscape. This role will work at least 12 hours a week during the Fall semester. This internship will be 100% remote and the student selected must receive school credit for their service. It is the student's responsibility to confirm that our program will meet their school's course requirements.
Working closely under the direction of General Counsel, the Legal Intern supports Sundance Institute's commitment to freedom of expression, equity, and support of all artists. The Fall semester coincides with preparations for the annual Sundance Film Festival, providing a unique learning opportunity.
This internship will focus on:
• Providing opportunities to learn how to support a nonprofit organization through a transition to digital platforms and remote work.
• Strengthening research skills through guided research projects.
• Attaining first-hand knowledge of the legal support required when planning a large scale event.
Through this internship, the participant will…
• Work directly with our General Counsel on legal research projects, along with other legal/business related issues. Specific work will focus on legal issues around reopening of businesses due to the COVID pandemic and interpreting government directives.
• Conduct research into the legal aspects of creating a digital Festival, drafting contracts for Corporate Advancement, and advising on our issued Grants and Collab programs.
Top priorities include but are not limited to…
• Reviewing pending contracts to assure proposed terms comply with the Institute's standards, policies, and mission; contracts to include agreements with talent (filmmakers, musicians, and other content creators), rights release agreements, venue agreements, sponsorship agreements, Collab instructors, and others.
• Analyzing contract templates and recommending changes to key terms based on best practices and industry standards.
• Researching historical copyright of photos and artistic works in the Sundance Institute archive.
• Researching issues arising in connection with a digital Festival.
• Researching issues arising in connection with a networked Festival.
• Working with HR and researching the legality and liability involved in re-opening offices.
• Meeting and interviewing various internal constituents (Programming, Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Collab, HR and others) to help streamline legal processes.
• Working with outside counsel regarding Sundance Institute's registered trademarks.
• Completing analysis and writing as requested.
You have the following direct or transferable skill sets:
• Legal authorization to work in the United States.
• Must be a rising second year student currently working towards a JD at an accredited law school in the United States.
• Demonstrated academic achievement and interest in the arts.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Must be a team-player who works well in a collaborative environment.
• Sound judgment and ability to handle confidential matters with discretion.
• Self-starter with strong work ethic and ability to manage multiple projects.
, Experience, and Skills:
• Enrolled in or have completed Entertainment Law Courses and involved in school's Entertainment Law groups