Anna and Sophie, current Festival Assistants, from Barnsley College

Doc/Fest Festival Assistant Work Experience Placements

Note: Our office is currently closed and all team members are working from home. We will continue placements when the office re-opens. Applications are still being accepted.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a documentary and non-fiction arts festival that takes place every year in June, in Sheffield, UK.

If you’re looking to gain arts administrative experience behind the scenes at Doc/Fest, then there are a number of ways to do this. 

Doc/Fest is currently accepting applications for unpaid work experience placements that constitute a formal requirement of a UK-based further or higher education course.

Are you looking to complete your T Levels?

We work with educational institutions such as Barnsley College, Sheffield City College and Longley College to offer T- Levels opportunities. T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on the job’ experience during an industry placement lasting approximately 45 days.

Are you from an educational institution like a University or College?

If you are an organisation looking to source opportunities for your students, then please get in touch with Corrigan Lowe on corrigan.lowe@sheffdocfest.com.

Are you a student looking for a workplace as part of your university course?

If you are a student looking for a work placement as part of your university course,  please send a cover letter outlining why you would like to take part in a work placement at Doc/Fest and CV to corrigan.lowe [@] sheffdocfest.com with the subject heading 'Work Placement Application - Your Name', stating your availability in the email.  

Doc/Fest is able to be flexible when it comes to your availability - we accept placements from 5 hours to 2 days and are happy to work around the individuals’ needs. 

When in the festival office you may be asked to help with the following tasks;

Office duties generally include, but not limited to;

  • research tasks for films, alternate realities projects, outreach and communities;
  • Updating and maintaining databases;
  • Answering the phone and answering external emails enquiries;
  • updating copy on the website and social networks;
  • Scheduling social media for the Doc/Crew twitter account;
  • Researching and creating the Doc/Crew e-newsletter;
  • Booking trains and hotels nationally and internationally for team members;

Duties will be assigned to individuals’ interests (for example, those interested in Communications might be asked to draft and schedule tweets, under guidance and supervision of the Communications & Press team) and training will be given.

Testimonies from previous Festival Assistants

Jennifer McNeill-Moss

For me, the Festival Assistant Programme really was a cracking decision to take after finishing university. To an outsider who had previously only volunteered during the actual period of film festivals, I really had no idea how Doc/Fest is truly a year-long process. It involves an extensive amount of planning, organising and collaborating with each other in a very busy (and brilliant) team. Witnessing this process has taught me a huge amount and still is. Whilst learning a number of essential office tasks, I then gave closer assistance with the Communications team, when writing newsletters, copy editing for the Doc/Fest website and scheduling and publishing key announcements on social media. With a love of writing and a curiosity to understand the festival's relationship with the public, the experience has inspired me to look further into a career of communications and content production within the arts and film sector.

Audrius Kopka

Being a Festival Assistant was such an amazing experience! It gave me an opportunity to experience a 'backstage' of Sheffield Doc/Fest and to see how the festival comes together. I've gained a lot of valuable skills, including phone handling, taking minutes, arranging accommodation and travel, designing newsletters, researching various topics and many more tasks around the office! The team was AMAZING, super friendly and supportive! I've enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who's interested in the industry! Experience gained has helped me to get into my current employment and I'm so grateful I've got a chance to be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest team!

Doc/Fest is proud to be a disability confident employer.