Filmmaking & Production Internships in Jordan
If you are passionate about a career in filmmaking and production, this internship will provide you with hands-on experience in the industry, making your resume stand out from the crowd, and providing you with a broad range of transferable skills, such as communication, relationship-building, and critical thinking.
- Acquire a broad understanding of filmmaking processes and techniques, used for diverse media platforms.
- Deepen your practical experience while developing enhanced communication and relationship-building skills.
- Collaborate with real projects that will afford you know-how, skills and exposure into the local Jordanian culture.
Type of host organizations:
- Media companies
- Production agencies
Filmmaking & Production internships in Jordan are available for durations of 4-6 weeks. Interns will get the chance to develop practical experience, where industry know-how makes all the difference within a range of associated career paths. Depending on experience level, interns will be placed in a position that enables them to learn and expand professional abilities.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and select provided. You can explore remote internships, if you are looking for an internship program that you can undertake from home.
Take this opportunity to gain insight into a range of activities related to filmmaking and production, across a range of creative mediums - e.g. cinematic, television and online media, such as pre-production, research, revision, editing, post-production, and more. Individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. The Filmmaking & Production industry encompasses a variety of talents and diverse career paths, so there is potential to try new things while developing better knowledge of the logistics and challenges associated with project development and delivery.
Supervision may be handled by a range of staff, as teams can often be multidisciplinary. In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor(s) understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.
The Jordan work week runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays available for free time. The hours of work from Sunday to Thursday are approximately from 7:30am to 1:30pm.
Filmmaking & Production interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Collaborating on a broad range of production projects with a multidisciplinary team.
Assisting with production departments and contributing to achieving their goals.
Supporting tasks related to pre- and post-production, editing and revision.
Assisting with diverse aspects of film creation and production.
Contributing to research on a broad variety of topics.
Professional development opportunities:
Enhance your knowledge of hardware and software tools.
Acquire organizational and time management skills as you juggle multiple demands.
Develop your creative acumen and critical thinking skills by working on a range of projects.
Build your creative portfolio with the diverse tasks assigned to you.
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Jordan photo gallery
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|$3,078 Equivalent to $109 /day
|$3,588 Equivalent to $102 /day
|$4,098 Equivalent to $97 /day
- Airport pick-up
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- All in-country transportation
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
- A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
The Jordan work week runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays available for free time. Therefore, internship start dates are the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 4 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Airport pick up, accommodation, and selected meals are included in the Program Fee.
The accommodation is covered from the Friday night before the Saturday start date. Please aim to book your flights, to arrive on this date. However, if you are traveling in Jordan prior to commencing the internship, we can alternatively arrange for you to be picked up from a pre-approved meeting point in central Amman.
The typical port of entry is the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Pick up from this airport is included in the cost of the internship Program Fee. Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation (located approximately 45 minutes drive from the airport).
The internship orientation is provided on the Saturday. Orientation is hosted in Amman and runs for a full day. Orientation covers important onsite information for your internship experience in Jordan, including general introductions, information about Jordanian customs, rules and expectations, safety guidance, details about travel opportunities, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.
The last night of the accommodation is the Wednesday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Thursday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability. Return transportation to the airport is not included in the internship program fee but local staff can assist you to make arrangements. Expect to budget US$35 for private transportation (e.g. Uber or taxi).
Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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Accommodation and WiFi
All interns in Jordan are hosted in various homestay accommodations. These are usually situated around the Amman city center, where it is easy to access both the central office of the local team (where Arabic language lessons also take place) and the designated internship placement. Interns can use public transport, Taxi/Uber, or (depending on proximity) may even walk to/from the internship placement.
Homestay accommodations provide international interns with an extra layer of support, while also providing a valuable opportunity to become immersed in the Jordanian way of life, meeting local people, eating authentic cuisine, practicing the local language, and engaging in typical customs and traditions.
Living is basic yet comfortable, and all homestays have electricity and running water. Interns can expect to share a room with other program participants of the same gender; however, in some cases, individuals may be allocated a private bedroom. Private room requests must be made in advance and cannot be guaranteed, as such arrangements are always subject to availability. Bedding is provided, but it is recommended that you bring your own towel and toiletries.
Bathrooms are shared and the accommodation has western-style toilet installations. Note that the toilets may be equipped with a bidet shower, which is common use in Jordan. Water is used instead of, or together with, toilet paper, for hygiene purposes. Given that most toilets in Jordan do not always contain toilet paper, all interns are advised to ensure they prepare to source their own throughout time spent in this country. It can be purchased in-country, very affordably, at an estimated cost of US$4-8 per month.
Interns may take care of their own laundry needs at the homestay accommodation but you will need to cover the cost of 2 Jordanian Dinar (less than US$3), for each use of the washing machine. Alternatively, if you wish to outsource this need, there are many laundromats in Amman, near to the accommodations, which you could access.
WiFi is available in all of the homestays in Jordan. To keep connected when out and about, you can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone. The local team can assist you with this.
Note that there is no air-conditioning or fans in the homestay accommodation. The summer season runs from late May through early October. July is typically the hottest month, with an average high of 88°F / 31°C (and low of 66°F / 19°C). If you are sensitive to the heat, you may consider joining this program during cooler months.
A weekly budget of US$60 per week should be sufficient for use of public transport, in addition to miscellaneous expenses, such as laundry, bottled water, snacks, etc.
Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. Rooms sizes vary.
Internships in Jordan include daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, served at your homestay accommodation.
Jordanian cuisine is very diverse, since its cuisine has long been influenced by North African, European and Mediterranean cultures. Staples of the diet usually include rice, potatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, yogurt, meat (such as lamb or chicken), olives, flatbread, and liberal use of traditional herbs and spices. Sweet baked pastries are also popular, such as baklava, kanafeh. Coffee is also frequently consumed.
Breakfast and dinners tend to be smaller portions with mixed platters including falafel, dips, bread, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch is the bigger meal of the three, and can include a range of meats, breads, rice dishes, salads and vegetables.
Tap water is not drinkable; however; bottled water is readily available to purchase. Interns should budget approximately US$10-15 per week for this.
You’ll find Jordanian meals to be hearty and nutritious, although probably quite different from what you’re used to eating at home. If there are special snacks you like to have, please budget for them and take care of your own preferences independently. A weekly budget of approximately US$50 should be more than generous for covering extra snacks, treats, and drinks, as a supplement to what’s already going to be included for you.
Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and can make recommendations to you accordingly. Be prepared to discuss this with the team in-country as well, and budget to supplement the meals that will be provided to you. Note that gluten free products and alternatives (such as gluten free breads, cereals, cookies, etc) can sometimes be difficult to source in Jordan (and you may not find certain brands that you’re used to).
Tourism and internship activities continue during the Ramadan period in Jordan, so you can still intern during this time. However, you should expect that your internship hours will likely be reduced during this time of the year. If you want to avoid any disruption to your internship schedule, then we recommend selecting dates that fall outside this holy period.
Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar) is observed by Muslims around the world. The timing of Ramadan varies every year, since its dates are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. It lasts between 29-30 days. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal (the next lunar month). Eid celebrates the end of this fasting period. The approximate dates for 2024 are beginning the evening of March 10th and ending the evening of April 9th.
During this holy month, there is a focus on prayer, reflection and community, in addition to fasting. Many adult muslims will abstain from eating and drinking, from sunrise to sunset. However, interns are still provided meal services through the program. A breakfast meal will be shared with the family prior to sunrise (approx. prior to 6am). The dinner will be served after sunset (approx. after 7pm). Lunches can be prepared for interns to eat at the accommodation or to take out.
These rules do not apply to visitors or non-Muslims and you can eat and drink as normal. The local eateries which cater to locals won’t be open during the day. However, the international chain restaurants, hotel restaurants, and other eateries that market to tourists will remain available. Please be considerate of those who are fasting and avoid eating and drinking in public, during fasting hours, or in front of others at either the placement or accommodation.
Fluency in Arabic is not a requirement to intern in Jordan. However, we strongly recommend that all internship participants take advantage of the opportunity to add language lessons to their program, as this will enrich your cultural immersion and internship engagement.
Arabic language lessons can be arranged outside of your intern hours and are taught by professional Arabic teachers. Once you have confirmed your internship participation, lessons can be booked in advance:
- 10 hour package = US$398
- 20 hour package = US$658
- 30 hour package = US$918
- 40 hour package = US$1,178
Weekends and travel
The Jordan work week and internship schedule runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays free. During the weekends, interns have spare time to relax, enjoy leisure activities, and explore the many regional attractions.
- The Amman Citadel is a “must-visit” while you’re in the city. It’s located in the center of Amman, overlooking the modern metropolis, and dates back more than 2,000 years to the Roman period. Other landmarks here include the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace, and the Jordan Archaeological Museum.
- Just a short walk from the Amman Citadel, you can also check out the Roman Amphitheater (once known as “Philadelphia”). This site showcases Jordan’s rich Roman heritage. It’s recommended to visit early in the day, if you want to capture the best light in your photographs.
- Check out a range of beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs sold throughout Rainbow Street. There are fun trendy cafés, unique shops, and a colorful atmosphere. Surrounding the street, you can also find art galleries and other attractive stores.
- The Umayyad Desert Castles - a series of 8th century desert retreats - are easily reachable as a day tour from Amman. Qasr al-Kharaneh is the grandest of the three castles. Qusayr Amra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its frescoes and Islamic art. The Qasr al-Azraq fortress provides more interesting insight into the region’s history.
- The King Abdullah I Mosque’s iconic blue dome is visible throughout the city, located just a short distance from the center of Amman. This is a “must see” but please dress modestly to visit the religious landmark.
- Darat al Funun is the go-to spot in Amman for art and history lovers. The contemporary art gallery is set within a complex of historical buildings, where you can find paintings, sculptures, multimedia works, books and more.
Some incredible attractions lie further afield, so we recommend that you plan (and budget) in advance to make the most of your experience. For example, you might like to visit:
- The wonders of Petra, the Lost City of Jordan - a trip to Jordan is not complete without visiting one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological sites and Seventh Wonder of the World.
- The healing waters of The Dead Sea, where people have been coming as a health resort for thousands of years.
- The sacred mountain of Mount Nebo (on a clear day, look out at the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and in the right conditions, even as far as Jerusalem. The Memorial Church of Moses also rests at the summit).
- The stunning landscapes of Wadi Rum - the “valley of the Moon” - which you might be sure to recognize from countless blockbusters (perhaps best known from Lawrence of Arabia).
When you apply for your internship in Jordan, you’re welcome to make a note of which tours and add-ons you’re interested in, so we can check availability and prices for you. Once you’ve paid your deposit to confirm your participation, your Program Manager can assist with making chosen reservations.
- Mount Nebo and Dead Sea, Mid Jordan - starting at US$228 per person for one day
- North Jordan Experience - starting at US$228 per person for one day
- Ma’in Hot Springs Experience - starting at US$228 per person
- Two Day South Jordan Experience - starting at US$563 per person
- Three Day South Jordan Experience - starting at US$718 per person
Essential country information
|Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Weather and climate:
The climate in Jordan varies greatly. The internship program is primarily situated in the capital city of Amman and surrounding areas, where a hot-summer Mediterranean climate can be expected. However, toward the eastern and southern regions, the climate becomes semi-arid.
The summer season runs from late May through early October. July is typically the hottest month, with an average high of 88°F / 31°C (and low of 66°F / 19°C). If you are sensitive to the heat, you may consider joining this program during cooler months.
The cooler months are from early December through till early March. January is the coldest month, when temperatures range between 39°F / 4°C and 52°F / 11°C (expect snow in January for a day or two!) It does not rain much in Jordan and the chance of rain varies throughout the year. Normally, the wetter months are throughout the winter period, late November through late March.
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