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Internship Opportunities

Now accepting Fall 2015 internship applications

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 arts administration intern will serve as a greeter to BCA visitors and provide light administrative support to the Executive Office and other departments as needed. Responsibilities include responding to inquiries, assisting with board communications and meeting preparations, research, database maintenance, filing and other tasks, as needed. 12-16 hrs/week.

The ideal candidate is an individual 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 development intern supports the BCA’s fundraising team. Responsibilities may include assisting with mailings, phone calls and other related activities, grant and funder research individual prospect research, data entry and database management, event support and other tasks, as needed. 10-15 hrs/week.

Candidates should demonstrate their interest in development and fundraising, the arts, or non-profits. They should also have strong oral and communication skills as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) in a Mac OS and familiarity with databases.

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Events and Community Relations Intern

The events and community relations Intern will assist in administrative tasks related to external and internal events held at the Cyclorama at the BCA. This includes, but is not limited to research, data entry, filing, photocopying and packet assembly, shipping, mailing, providing customer service through various channels including in person, phone, and email and supporting special events as needed. 8-15 hrs/week.

The ideal candidate will be a student or recent grad with experience in event planning and administration.  They should have the ability to publicly represent the BCA to client and guests and be a strong collaborative team player. The successful candidate will be a self-starter in a dynamic, results-orientated, entrepreneurial environment with tight deadlines and rapidly changing priorities.

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Gallery Preparator/Installation Intern

This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop preparatory experience and polish their professional installation skills. The intern will work closely with Mills Gallery staff during all phases of installation process. They will assist with crating and shipment of artwork, designing and construction of display fixtures, restoration of gallery facilities and development of infrastructure. 10-20 hrs/week.

The chosen candidate must have the ability to work well in a team environment. They should have experience handling artwork. The intern must be skillful with power tools and proper safety measures. General knowledge of construction, wall construction repair, wood?working and fabrication preferred.

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Graphic / Media Design Intern

The graphic design intern will support the communications with creation of collateral materials for programs, development and the institution. This may include designing postcards, performance programs and posters for visual arts, performing arts and community programs, assisting in general graphic formatting, the design of building signage and working with the development and sales office to create materials for annual giving and event. 8-12 hrs/week.

Students majoring in graphic design or related field and recent grads are welcome to apply.  Candidates must have experience in Adobe Suite – InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator; After Effects and/or iMovie and the ability to work independently and with short deadlines.  Video production and editing skills are a plus.

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Marketing Intern

The marketing intern supports to the communication team. Responsibilities ay include assisting in database management, outreach to colleges, bloggers and arts-related industries for partnerships for cross-promotions opportunities, conducting surveys at events and programs, maintaining collateral library, copy editing for website, press releases and other materials, managing web listings, coordinating social media and other departmental tasks. 10 - 20hrs/week, some weekend and evening events.

The ideal candidate is a student who is studying Arts Administration, Marketing, Non-Profit Business Administration or a related field. We are looking for a self-motivated, independent worker with excellent communication skills, strong proofreading skills and the ability to take direction and collaborate.

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Video Intern

The BCA is looking for a creative and resourceful jack-of-all-trades who can assist the communications team with creating compelling short form video content for the web and other digital platforms. The intern will execute video shoots (must provide own camera), assist with research and media gathering, handle YouTube uploads and coordinate with marketing intern on social media schedule.  Addition other duties to be assigned as determined. 10 - 20hrs/week.

The ideal candidate will have experience in digital video, as well as a creative background making original content and interfacing with multiple constituencies. We are looking for a self-motivated, independent worker with excellent communication skills.

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Visual Arts Programming Intern

VAP internships are focused in the BCA’s Mills Gallery, one of the foremost centers for contemporary art in Boston. Interns are the public face of the BCA Mills Gallery and engage visitors in dialogue. In addition to gallery attending, each individual works closely with BCA staff on individual projects in areas indicated below. Interns must display strong writing skills as well as a commitment to and comfort with public engagement. Successful interns will work independently and take on a shared responsibility for the success of the BCA’s programs. 12-16 hrs/week including regular evening/weekend hours required.

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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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