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Internship Opportunities

The Boston Center for the Arts offers internships in a variety of departments including: Administration, Development & Marketing, and Programming. Internships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, recent grads and professionals. These internships are great for individuals who would like to gain insight in non-profit arts management. Internships vary in length and desired qualifications. Please see individual descriptions for more details.

All selected interns will be required to attend an orientation session as well as monthly meetings in which interns in all departments will meet to share their experiences at the BCA.

Internships at the BCA are unpaid. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.

Internship duration:
Fall: September - December
Spring: January - May
Summer: May/June - August

Arts Administration Intern

The BCA is looking for a student who would like to gain insight and experience in the non-profit arts world. The arts administration intern will serve as a greeter to BCA visitors and provide light administrative support to the Executive Office. The ideal candidate is a student who is studying Arts Administration, Marketing, Non-Profit Business Administration or a related field and would like to get involved in a hip and bustling arts organization.

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Development Intern

The BCA is seeking a motivated individual who would like to gain insight and experience in the non-profit arts world. The Development Intern will be assisting the BCA’s fundraising team on a variety of tasks related to non-profit fundraising.

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Events & Community Relations Intern

The BCA is seeking a motivated individual who would like to gain insight and experience in the non-profit arts world. He/She will assist the Senior Client Relations Manager in administrative tasks related to external and internal events held at the Cyclorama at the BCA.

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Preparator/Installation Intern

The BCA seeks undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining art handling and installation experience in a professional gallery setting. This position is an excellent opportunity for students to develop valuable preparatory experience and polish their professional installation skills.  The chosen candidate must have the ability to work well in a team environment. They will be able to work carefully and safely while handling artwork.  The intern must have familiarity working skillfully with power tools. They must understand the necessity of taking the proper safety measures when working with all tools.  General knowledge of construction, wall construction repair and support, wood?working, and fabrication is highly recommended.

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Visual Arts Programming Intern

The Boston Center for the Arts accepts applications for internships in Visual Arts Programming throughout the year. VAP internships are focused in the BCA’s Mills Gallery, one of the foremost centers for contemporary art in Boston. Interns will be the public face of the BCA Mills Gallery, engaging in regular dialogue with visitors. Each individual will work closely with BCA program staff on individual projects in exhibitions, installations, graphic design and outreach, artist residency program or community and education programs depending on their experience and interest. In addition, all VAP interns will be trained and serve as Mills Gallery docents.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Gallery Attendant

The Boston Center for the Arts accepts applications year-round for volunteer Gallery Attendants in the Mills Gallery. The Volunteer Program offers an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of a non-profit arts organization and to gain insight into the Boston arts community. Gallery Attendants are the face of the BCA and an important link between our programs, gallery and our public. They oversee the safety of exhibited work while creating a welcoming environment for visitors. They are also required to attend mandatory gallery and visitor service training.

Gallery Attendant responsibilities include:

  • Opening and closing gallery
  • Enforcing gallery rules in a polite but firm manner
  • Collecting visitor information
  • Becoming knowledgeable about the exhibit and artists on view as well as BCA-wide programs
  • Initiating and encouraging dialogue with and among visitors
  • Serving as a general resource for our public by providing information about BCA programs, exhibits, performances and events
  • Assisting in event/performance production in the gallery

We offer Attendants:

  • Invitations to exclusive talks given by artists, performers, curators, etc
  • Valuable visitor service training including an introduction to educational theories and techniques
  • Professional gallery operations experience
  • Opportunities to work with BCA staff, as well as artists, curators, special guests
  • Opportunities to create new relationships and networks

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