The Scottsdale Public Art Program, one of the nation’s foremost public art programs, offers an opportunity to those wishing to pursue a career in public art or to gain more knowledge about the field. Have an invaluable experience and gain practical knowledge working for a cutting-edge public art program. The program, managed by the Scottsdale Cultural Council, is a registered non-profit organization.
- Not afraid to do the not-so glamorous jobs that are part of every internship
- Have own transportation
- Are proficient in all Microsoft Office applications and social media
- Are detail-oriented and organized
- Have excellent research and writing skills
- Are savvy self-starters
- Are passionate and eager to be involved in all aspects of public art
- Are flexible, since no two days are alike
Interns will observe all aspects of the public art program and work on on-going administrative tasks.
1. Temporary & permanent project management – work on projects that include capital improvement projects, city and partnership initiated projects. Work includes client meetings, research, developing project scopes of work, on-site construction, design team meetings, media releases and web site up-dates, artist visits, documenting installations, project records.
2. Creative residency – this is a new program for SPA. Assist senior project manager with calls for residencies; partnerships for creative residencies; logistics of locations; research & planning for community participation with participants in the creative residencies.
3. Social media & Web Contribution – well briefed in social media outlets such as blogging, facebook, twitter; quick to respond with public comments that are well-written and always up on new software and tools to integrate into our program. Looking for tech-savvy person to help our program with our outreach efforts via social media; a self starter; with HTML coding and Java script for our website.
4. Events and outreach – work with events & outreach on time-based and special events. Includes community outreach and graphic design; materials to advertise and promote events.
5. Development and fundraising – work with Associate Director on grants and research for long-term goals.
Sophomore, junior, senior undergraduate or graduate students are encouraged to apply with or without a background in public art—there are many related areas of study to public art including studio art, art history, marketing, business, and communication. Having a strong interest in learning about public art, being a self-starter, and being dedicated to professional growth are important qualities we look for in our interns.
Please complete the online application and submit your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts and letters of reference to the internship opportunity posting on the Scottsdale Cultural Council website here.
Cover Letter/Personal Statement that explains why you are interested in an internship with Scottsdale Public Art. Give your top 2 preferences listed above for the areas of your internship and include the reason(s) for your interest and what you hope to achieve from the experience.
Resume/CV must include your academic and professional experiences and skills.
Two (2) References (one academic and one professional). Include name, title, phone number, email, and the nature of your relationship. Please do NOT request letters to be written by references and sent to Scottsdale Public Art.
FALL Application Deadline: August 15, 2013
SPRING Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
SUMMER Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
All internship applications are reviewed by staff. All applicants will be notified after the initial reviews. Interviews will be scheduled with short-listed candidates.
Must be available during typical semester length of 12 to 15 weeks. A minimum of 16 hours is expected up to 20 hours per week, depending on schedule. Must be available during the regular work week as well as for evening and weekend events.
If you are interested in receiving academic credit, you must speak with your academic advisor prior to commencing the internship. Interns requesting academic credit through a university or college will be responsible for communicating with their academic advisor. Interns receiving academic credit will need to complete a total number of hours depending on credit requirement.
As is standard in the nonprofit sector, we are unable to offer paid internships, viewing interns as valuable volunteers donating their time to our program. We have great appreciation for the contributions of our interns, who in turn gain experience with a nationally recognized program.