Call me intern meet the millenials fighting back against unpaid work

Call Me Intern follows three interns-turned-activists who refuse to accept that young people should have to work for free to kick start their careers.

Their stories challenge youth stereotypes and help give a voice to the growing movement for intern rights across the world.


Best New Zealand Documentary (Doc Edge 2019, Oscar Qualifying) | Best Editing (Doc Edge 2019) | Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming (Doxa 2019)

Full Synopsis

Young, unemployed and frustrated, Filmmakers David Leo Hyde and Nathalie Berger set out to land an internship so they can examine the system from the inside in an act of millenial gonzo-film making.

After David accepts an internship at the United Nations, they move into a small blue tent on the Geneva lakefront and begin documenting his unpaid intern experience. Their action sparks a global press storm, challenging their roles as filmmakers.

Meanwhile, Marisa works for a US presidential election campaign, while fending off harassment from her supervisors. Kyle interns for a fortune-500 company, while living in a New York homeless shelter.

Each of these interns faces a choice: accept the system the way it is or put their careers on the line to speak out against it. Their actions help give visibility and strength to a growing global intern movement.

Their journeys reveal the pressures which lead so many millennials to work for free while pop-culture extracts and testimonies from academics, politicians and employers give us a sense of how wide the internship phenomenon has spread.

In the news

New York Times | BBC | The Guardian

After the story of David - the UN intern living in a tent - sparked global press interest, the Directors traveled to other locations around the world to expand the story and record other young people fighting back against unpaid internships

To read a personal account of the original press storm check out this Op-Ed written for The Intercept.

Film Coverage

Call Me Intern is in the running for the 2020 Oscars after winning Best New Zealand Documentary at Doc Edge 2019.

Read the full review from Indy Film Library here

Listen to the full RNZ Interview

Read the full Georgia Straight Article

Want to see the film?


Screening online via Visions du Reel Media Library for accredited Industry Professionals

May 6th - Doxa Festival - Vancouver

May 31st - DocEdge Festival - Auckland Art Gallery

3rd June - DocEdge Festival - Q Theatre, Auckland

4th June - DocEdge Festival - Q Theatre, Auckland

17th June - DocEdge Festival - The Roxy, Wellington

16th June - Valletta Film Festival - Spazjuu Kreattiv

18th June - DocEdge Festival - The Roxy, Wellington

18th June - Valletta Film Festival - Spazjuu Kreattiv

23 September - Bergen International Film Festival (Free Screening) - Bergen Kino, Norway

26th October - NFFTY Film Festival, Seattle, USA

14 November - Verzio Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

15 November - Verzio Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

If you want to bring the film to a screen near you, get in touch with us: collective.bievre@gmail.com

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Call Me Intern's Distributor (World) is Berta Film



The Film is a Swiss-New Zealand Co-Production between Collective Bièvre and Reportage

Contact: collective.bievre@gmail.com | www.collectivebievre.com

Valletta Film Festival