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
After the story of a 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 an account of the original press storm check out this Op-Ed written for The Intercept.
CineEuropa Review (2020) - "Call Me Intern has opened up an important debate, allowing interns from all over the world to come together and demonstrate in pursuit of their rights. The road is still long, but the finish line now seems just that little bit closer."
LeTemps Review (2020, French) - "The exploitation of young people perpetuates a class injustice, only rich kids can survive"
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