Assistant Producer (Graphics & Animation Design a Plus!)
(Spring 2021)

Location: Virtual-Remote

Type: Part Time, Unpaid (Potential for paid as a producer depending on funding). See our current crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark to help fund our interns!
NOTE: Our campaign was successful! We were able to gift our interns from the funding raised.

Number of positions available for Spring 2021: 2

Spring Start Date:  January 11, 2021
Spring End date: May 14, 2021
Total Weeks: 18
NOTE: Start & End dates are negotiable based upon your schedule and/or school internship requirements (if applicable)

Hours Required: Eight (8) per week to Sixteen (16) per week
NOTE: Hours required negotiable based upon your schedule and/or school internship requirements (if applicable)

Industry: Entertainment


LISTEN TO ASSISTANT PRODUCER INTERNS (Jake Samieske, rising Senior at Hamilton College & Molly Shilling, rising Senior at Penn State, Alisha Solaiman, Junior at Drexel University, Will Ward, Senior Graduate at Regent University, and Rachel Kaufman, Senior at Brandeis University). They introduce themselves, share what attracted them to this particular internship, and offer their thoughts about serving as assistant producers for Thorn Trees, and as the editors of Creativity & Storytelling ‘Zine to help them prepare for a special campaign publication dedicated to Thorn Trees fans, influencers & supporters, and much more!

Alisha Solaiman (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021), Molly Shilling (Summer 2020 – Spring 2021) & Rachel Kaufman (Fall 2020 – Spring 2021)
Alisha Solaiman (Spring, Summer & Fall 2020) & Will Ward (Summer 2020)
Jake Samieske (Summer 2020) & Molly Shilling (Summer & Fall 2020)


Your primary responsibility will be to assist the producers in pre-production for the Thorn Trees pilot through video editing, research, development, computer graphics design, and communications, including social media, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaigns support.


  1. Networking & interaction opportunities with creators, screenwriters, directors, producers, plus potential investors, sales agents, distributors, and cast and crew;
  2. Credit as producers for the TV pilot with final producer type (assistant or associate) being decided after all work is completed to gauge the amount and quality of individual contributions;
  3. Potential producer’s fee payment to be determined by the amount of financing raised (payment is not guaranteed);
  4. Letter of recommendation (based on completion of duties, requirements and work quality); and
  5. Consideration for paid cast or crew positions in the production and/or post-production stages.


  • Research, create, write, edit, and distribute print, video and digital graphics (including animation) for communications and campaigns to attract investors, cast & crew, sales agents, distributors, media influencers and other stakeholders (e.g., social media messages, emails, e-newsletter, reports, presentations, trailers, videos, podcasts and other content);
  • Assist with fundraising campaign rewards fulfillment;
  • Participate in planning and securing distribution for the pilot to be viewed in local theaters in the U.S.;
  • Participate in planning and establishing interactive post-viewing events for audience members to gather data to support the series;
  • Participate in other pre-production responsibilities to successfully produce the pilot and subsequent series episodes

There’s no ”average” day for us as episodic series producers who live and work in various international locations (New Jersey, England, Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Hungary, Ireland), so, there isn’t an ”average” day for our interns either.

Note: Interns and volunteers must sign a Confidentiality & Nondisclosure Agreement regarding particular aspects of the project.

Skills & Qualifications

You are creative, enthusiastic, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, are a collaborative team player with a “let’s do this” attitude, are detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize multiple projects, and value the ability to work independently and in a time-efficient manner. You are proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, video digital editing, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, podcasting, and video conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom & Skype). If you don’t have a working knowledge of Evernote project management software used by our team, you are confident you can learn it.

You are passionate about telling stories that share a greater reality beyond the usual or ordinary, are innovative, pioneering, challenge the status quo, are comfortable with controversial themes and subjects, see the beauty in representing diverse identities (sexuality, gender, age, spirituality, cultures, nationalities, universalities). Also, you are bright, organized, motivated, have a professional demeanor, have a passion for film and television, and a willingness to learn and dare to shine.

Skills you’ll learn (depending upon your interests & time length with us)

  • art direction
  • crowdsourcing
  • crowdfunding
  • producing
  • social impact assessment
  • television pre-production
  • social media management
  • campaign planning
  • campaign execution
  • digital storytelling
  • professional networking
  • establishing a business entity
  • e-newsletter production
  • project team collaboration
  • video conferencing
  • podcasting

We are committed to having our interns and volunteers become secure as producers (episodic or filmmaking) in the entertainment industry with the tools and knowledge that will help you make your own projects or become employed in the future.

If you are already working in the industry then we are eager to have you add to your credits and experiences through this project! Intern applicants may choose to obtain school credit or not.

The originator, co-creator and a producer of Thorn Trees is a former Visual Communications faculty member (view a sample course for K-12 performing arts academy students) who has created and provided multiple successful Business-Education Partnerships for arts and entertainment industry clients.

APPLY FOR INTERNSHIP: Send your resume, portfolio (if graphics communication applicant), and a personal statement (no more than one page please) about your interests and career goals to: with THORN TREES INTERNSHIP and which SEMESTER(S) in the Subject field. We will contact you to set up an interview via Skype if you’re a candidate. Application deadline for Spring 2021 semester: MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER: Send an email concerning your interest, including your resume and when you can start to: with THORN TREES VOLUNTEER in the Subject field. We will contact you to set up an interview via Skype if you’re a candidate.

Discover more about Thorn Trees

Discover More About Our Director & Producers

Lili Bordán (Director), California & New York, U.S.A./Hungary
Bruce Nahin (Co-Producer), California, U.S.A.
Meta Valentic (Line Producer), California, U.S.A.
Bernadette Montana (Producer), New York, U.S.A.
Jacob Larch (Creator, Screenwriter, Producer), England, U.K.
Valerie Mich’El Oliver (Creator, Producer), New Jersey, U.S.A.
Lyndsy Spence (Consulting Producer), Ireland, U.K.
Alisha Solaiman (Assistant Producer), Maryland, U.S.A.


Winter/Spring 2021
Rachel Kaufman (Assistant Producer), Brandeis University, U.S.A.
Clarissa Labady (Assistant Producer), Fairleigh Dickinson University, U.S.A.
Mariannjely Marval (Assistant Producer), Recording Radio Film Connection, U.S.A.
Molly Shilling (Assistant Producer), Penn State University, U.S.A.

Fall 2020
Rachel Kaufman (Assistant Producer), Brandeis University, U.S.A.
Molly Shilling (Assistant Producer), Penn State University, U.S.A.
Alisha Solaiman (Assistant Producer), Drexel University, U.S.A.
Angela White (Assistant Producer), Regent University, U.S.A.

Summer 2020
Jake Samieske (Assistant Producer), Hamilton College, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Molly Shilling (Assistant Producer), Penn State University, U.S.A.
Alisha Solaiman (Assistant Producer), Drexel University, U.S.A.
William Ward (Assistant Producer), Virginia, U.S.A.

Spring 2020
Alisha Solaiman (Assistant Producer), Drexel University, U.S.A.




THE PURSUIT STUDIO is a creativity & storytelling excellence sanctuary. We are passionate about the art and architecture of creativity and storytelling; in particular, exploring diverse, challenging, spiritual, and original untold stories that help cast and crew shine and prosper.