We are now accepting applications for volunteer ambassadors and interns at PSPF 2020.

The Palm Springs Photo Festival is an amazing event – one which requires a great number of people to make possible. Volunteer ambassadors and interns are a vital component to the success of the Palm Springs Photo Festival experience. Meet the world’s top photographers, be part of the week-long summit that continues to define the world’s photographic community. 

We always use our best efforts to place volunteer ambassadors and interns into positions of their choice at PSPF. 

As a volunteer or intern, you will have the opportunity to attend festival programs, gain relevant work experience in photography and/or event production, and work alongside established industry professionals. 

CLICK HERE to read a full description of our volunteer program.

If you are interested becoming a volunteer ambassador or interning for the 2020 festival, please fill out the following form.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not close the browser window once you have started filling out this form. None of your information will be saved and you will have to start over. Volunteers are requested to be available for the entire week of the festival (Sunday - Friday, September 20- 25, 2020).

Red Asterisk (*) indicated required field.


First Name*

Last Name*


Address 1*

Address 2





Age Range

Phone Number*

Is the number you just provided above a cell phone?

Cell Number where you can be reached during the festival (if different from above)

Cell Carrier (so we can send you schedule updates via text messages during the festival)

Where did you hear about this volunteer / intern opportunity?

Have you attended the festival before?

Have you volunteered at the festival before? If yes, use the text box to let us know your role(s). *

Have you volunteered at other festivals? If so, which one(s)?

Are you planning to volunteer through your school (ie: Art Center, University of California at Riverside, etc) for credit?


An internship with the festival is a great opportunity to learn more about festival management, office skills and be more involved with the festival. Interns are required to dedicate 1-3 days per week at our West Hollywood Production office. We look for interns who have the following skills: Knowledge of MAC platform, basic computer literacy, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Creative ideas, People skills, Flexibility, Strong organization, and Social Media. We offer lodging for our interns at the festival.

Would you be interested in interning in our West Hollywood production office between now and the festival dates?

If yes, please describe your overall availability for the months of July through September.

Are you comfortable lifting festival equipment (tables, chairs, photo gear, etc)?*

Do you have any limitations to standing for extended periods of time?

How did you hear about volunteering at the festival?


What genre(s) of photography do you practice/are you interested in?

In regards to photography, at what level would you consider yourself?

If you have a website or link to your work, please enter it here.


We ask that you be available for the full week of the festival (September 20-25) to volunteer for PSPF 2020.

In exchange for your generous time and energy helping us make this our best festival yet, we want you to be able to participate in the festival area that interests you the most. If you haven't done so already, please familiarize yourself with the different festival programs offered at this years festival by clicking here (opens in a new window).

The following section helps Festival Management place you into the Volunteer Category that best suits your preferences, skills and experience. Before completing, please familiarize yourself with the various Volunteer Categories by clicking here (opens in a new window). We don't include workshop assistants in this section (see further down), however, please do fill out the questions below in case a workshop assistant role isn't available should that have been your preference.

What Volunteer Category would you like to be involved with? Please rank your top three choices below. You will be able to request workshop assistant further down on this form. NOTE: Please do not select the same category more than once because your application will be rejected. Also - Video Crew is an option for those experienced with videography not applicable for those wishing to gain experience with video production.

First Choice*

Second Choice*

Third Choice*

I intend to also apply for workshop assistant (further down on this form).*

Are you available for the week of the festival? *

Are you available for Saturday, May 2nd in Palm Springs? *

Is there a specific event at the festival you are particularly interested in?

Will you be 25 or older at the time of the festival (required to operate rental vehicles)?*

Do you have a current, valid driver's license & insurance?*

Do you have any special skills that would help in specific areas of the festival (i.e. fluent in foreign language, computer networking, website programming, a/v equipment, videography, social media, graphic design, leadership, organization, catering, etc)?

Please list any disabilities, restrictions or handicaps relevant to placing you in the most appropriate festival program.

Please list any other information you would like to have considered when assigning festival positions.

You may upload a PDF file or resume if desired:

Please list any other information you would like to have considered when assigning festival positions.


If you'd like us to consider you as an assistant in our workshop program, CLICK HERE to complete a specific form.


Please select YES below to confirm your understanding that the festival will provide meals during the festival week, and while the festival will help you to find a room-mate, you are ultimately responsible for your own housing in Palm Springs.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2020 Palm Springs Photo Festival! Festival staff will be in touch regarding your application in mid - late January. Every effort will be given to accommodate your volunteering preferences. Actual assignments may vary and are subject to change depending on availability and production-time need.

If you should encounter any trouble submitting your application, please contact us at opportunity@palmspringsphotofestival.com

“I am writing to thank you very much for the opportunity to volunteer a few weeks back. I have shared the story of my adventure so many times, and reflected upon the experience even more often. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I learned so much and met some amazing people.” All the best, Elizabeth

“Wow! It felt so great to be part of the team this year – and I came away with so many new ideas :-). Meeting and interacting with so many amazing photographers was incredible. I’ll be back!” -Benjamin