Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re familiar with our videos you know they usually end with this:

Psst… Do Something!

We realize the next logical thought for a lot of people is “I want to do something but what do I do!!?” Well you no longer have to feel helpless! We know what you should do:

Volunteer at Brave New Foundation!

We are a small group of passionate people working to make real, tangible, positive change. We’re looking for people who have 20 to 60+ hours per week to work on all aspects of our online video campaigns. If you have any spare time this is the place to spend it. These are unpaid volunteer positions but you will be getting real world, hands on experience and training.
GENERAL HIRING CRITERIA

  • Passion: You care about social justice and human rights.
  • Flexibility: we are a non-profit and have a lot going on. Be ready to wear many hats and switch gears quickly.
  • Can do Attitude: While we do rely on Volunteers to perform routine office work, the primary focus of your work will be specific to your developing skills related to your career interests.
  • Impeccable work ethic: we expect Volunteers to follow the policies of our regular employees.

Minimum Commitment

  • Time: (unless noted in the description) 2 – 3 days / week, 1 – 3 months, depending upon the project. Monday – Friday, 10 am – 7pm (Half days possible)
  • Location: Culver City studios / office (Free parking! Near public transportation!) Unless offsite “virtual” work is appropriate.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume (indicate highest technical skill level, if required) to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org. Indicate which position you’re applying for in the subject line of the email. We are looking forward to meeting you!


‘Cuentame’ (New Facebook Latino project) volunteer/intern:

Be a part of a new and innovative Facebook project aimed towards the Latino community! ‘Cuentame’ will portray the rich culture, history, arts, and current events which revolve around this large part of the population. Participant must be VERY Facebook literate, and have a good sense of the Latino community.

Description of position:

  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro or willingness to learn
  • Research
  • Looking for archival photos and video
  • Logging footage
  • Transcribing interviews
  • Translating interviews

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Animation/Graphics Volunteer.

Brave New Foundation is seeking an individual with these skills to help out on various and ongoing projects.

Vital Skills:

  • Keying Experience (preferably using keylight)
  • Rotoscoping experience using rotobrush, mask animation, or mocha shape
  • Experience moving a 3d camera
  • Photoshop experience (preferably those who use layer masks when cutting elements out)
  • Organized After Effects Projects

Non Vital skills, but would be nice:

  • Matchmoving experience using point trackers and mocha
  • Experience using particles
  • Simple use of expressions
  • Cinema 4D experience

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Cuentame Social Media, Journalism Intern or Volunteer

Brave New Foundation is seeking a social media intern/volunteer for our new Facebook based campaign Cuentame!

An ideal candidate will be someone that is:

  • Passionate about Latino issues (political, social, arts and culture) in the media and on the ground.
  • Has strong social networking skills: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Bookmarking sites etc
  • A good researcher: Blogs, News sites, Facebook pages, organizations
  • A creative thinker – Thinks about new and innovative ways to spread a message – video, imagery, media etc.
  • Has strong writing skills; you will be encouraged to write in all capacities, email, blogs, copy, messages
  • Has a can-do, pitch in attitude

Bilingual preferred but not required it is also a plus if you have graphic design skills. (Adobe – Photoshop, Illustrator etc)

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Cuentame Post Production Intern.

Brave New Foundation is seeking a Post-Production intern/volunteer for our new Facebook based campaign Cuentame!

An ideal candidate will be someone that is:

Passionate about Latino issues (political, social, arts and culture) in the media and on the ground.
Able to assist in digitizing footage, DVD authoring, basic Final Cut Pro editing, as well as compiling research and presenting reports.

Technical Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro.
  • Familiar with multiple video formats & codecs
  • Familiar with DVD Authoring

Other Requirements:

  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Self-starter, proactive, and uses time efficiently
  • Tech-savvy: able to learn new programs quickly

Recommended Skills:

  • Any production background in working with lights, cameras, and grip equipment is a plus (but not required).
    Has a can-do, pitch in attitude
    Bilingual preferred but not required it is also a plus if you have graphic design skills. (Adobe – Photoshop, Illustrator etc)

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Documentary Production Intern

Documentary production team is seeking an enthusiastic intern to assist with various aspects of production, including: Online Research (e.g. archival photos, video, etc.) and fact checking, logging footage and transcribing interviews.
Reports to: Producer

Required skills

  • Excellent online research
  • Good writing / typing
  • Good organization
  • Generalist with good disposition
  • Applicants familiar with Final Cut Pro Plus

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Communications Intern

Brave New Films is looking for a Communications Intern to help the Communications Director in the day- to-day administration needs of the department. Intern will walk away with knowledge of how a communications department runs and is maintained. This position will include the following day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Uploading BNF related articles onto the web
  • Researching reporters/ helping to create targeted reporter lists
  • Maintain updated list of press hits on the web and Google docs
  • Other tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Some experience in communications and or journalism
  • Highly motivated and a self starter
  • Ability to multi task and work on various projects
  • Flexible, adjust well to changing demands and projects
  • Unwavering commitment to social justice and progressive causes

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Supervolunteer: Donor Communication

If you are passionate about politics and have 15 hours a week to help with donor contact coordination and general administration, then we need you! We are looking for a super volunteer who is internet and email savvy, and wants to help out with communication.
Qualifications

  • Passion toward politics
  • Internet/Email savvy
  • Strong knowledge of spreadsheets and other data entry
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • 10-15 hours a week

If this sounds like something you’d like to help with – send a resume and brief cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Researcher

If you’re a political know it all and have 5 hours a week or more to help us pull various details together for campaigns like Power without Petroleum, Cuentame, Conversations, Rethink Afghanistan and WarCosts- then we need your help! Brave New Foundation is looking for some ongoing research help to help one of our senior executives find video, news and other content on specific issues that we’ll be covering in our various campaigns.

Qualification

  • General knowledge and love of politics
  • Internet Savvy
  • Tapped into the political scene (blogs, news sites, social media)
  • Reliable computer, internet connection and email address
  • 5+ hours a week to devote to research

If this sounds like something you’d like to help with – send a resume and brief cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Bilingual Production for Cuentame

Join the fast-paced team at the helm of Brave New Foundation’s Cuentame, the exciting, innovative bilingual Facebook project at the cutting edge of the Latino community! Cuentame frames what’s going on in culture, history, arts and news, activism and more from our collective past, present and future. Jobs include: Basic online research: organizations, news clips, archival video and photos, logging video footage, transcribing interviews, and translating interviews.

Skills Required

  • Bilingual (Spanish English).
  • VERY Facebook literate.
  • Strong sense of the Latino community’s interests, concerns.
  • Excellent written verbal skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Positive, can-do, fast-paced team member.
  • Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro a plus.
  • We will train if other skills are needed.

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Post Production

The Post-Production Department seeks career-track interns to assist in digitizing footage, outputting to tape, DVD authoring, basic Final Cut Pro editing, as well as compiling research and presenting reports. Reports to: Lead AE / Post Supervisor

Technical Requirements:

  • Basic hands-on knowledge of Final Cut Pro
  • Familiar with the process of posting videos to YouTube and other online websites
  • Familiar with DVD Studio Pro & Soundtrack Pro
  • Familiar with multiple video formats & codecs
  • Familiar with operating DVR / Tivo decks
  • Recommended: Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

Other Requirements:

  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Self-starter, proactive, and uses time efficiently
  • Excellent research / report writing skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel; FileMaker is a plus
  • Tech-savvy: able to learn new programs quickly

To apply please send a resume or cover letter to volunteers@bravenewfoundation.org


Press by Campaign:

For Press inquiries, please contact Kim at:
bravenewfoundation.press@gmail.com

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