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Arts Administration Internship Program

Deadline for Program Intern: April 1, 2018
Deadline for Development Intern: July 1, 2018

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis via email to

The Arts Administration Internship Program provides “hands-on” immersion in the daily operations of a progressive arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and mid-career artists in a 43-acre sculpture park. There are two different types of administrative interns. Program interns will support Franconia’s education & public programing. The Development intern will work directly with the development manager to support fundraising campaigns. Both interns work closely with Franconia’s staff so interns have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences.

This position is best suited for those interested in exploring public art, museum studies, arts administration or nonprofit management careers. Interns work directly with Franconia staff and closely with professional artists on a range of projects that relate to all areas of arts nonprofit operation and promoting the education of three-dimensional arts. Candidate will work on-site, where an ever-changing exhibition of 105 contemporary sculptures reflects the talents of local, national, and international artists.

Arts Administration Internships are unpaid and last two to four months. This internship is flexible and can be scheduled to accommodate other commitments and varying time frames. We require a commitment of at least 16 hours a week for locally based interns who commute to Franconia. Interns who stay in residence at Franconia (free room & board) contribute at least 32 hours per week.

Program Focused Internship Responsibilities    +
• Provide public tours & help lead arts learning activities as part of Franconia’s education programming

• Assist staff with day-to-day operations of artist and education programs

• Represent Franconia at public programs and events with other staff

• Support social media and marketing Support audience engagement and evaluation efforts

• Document programs, events, and artists through various media

• Data entry, proofreading, scanning, archiving, etc.

• Daily email/phone correspondence

• Other duties as assigned and special projects

Development Focused Internship Responsibilities    +
• Support planning and activities for individual donor campaigns

• Support Give to the Max Day fundraising campaign

• Analyze audience survey results and compile outcome evaluation reports for funders

• Compile and edit photo and video documentation of artist and public programs

• Social media marketing and audience engagement efforts

• Provide administrative and programmatic support of artist and public programs

• Represent Franconia at events and programs with other staff

• Data entry, proofreading, scanning, archiving, etc.

• Daily email/phone correspondence

• Other duties as assigned and special projects

Qualifications    +
Applicants should be a dependable, organized, friendly, detail-oriented, flexible individual possessing strong written and verbal communication skills, and able to manage multiple projects and work independently. Word processing skills are required, graphic and/or web design skills are preferred. Applicants are expected to have strong communication skills and represent the organization in a professional manner.

  • Education: Must possess an undergraduate degree or be currently studying towards an undergraduate or     graduate degree in nonprofit administration or development, art history, arts administration or related field.

  • Experience: The candidate must be confident working with the public and managing volunteers in a busy     setting. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are requirements for this position.

  • Software: (Some training provided) MS Office, Google Docs. Experience with CRM (Customer Relationship     Management) software is a plus, but not required. Some experience with Adobe Creative Suite desired.

  • Compensation: Funds are not available through Franconia at this time but if in conjunction with a college or     university funding is often available through career services. Room & board may be available in exchange for     a minimum schedule of 32 hours per week working at Franconia.

  • Education Credit: We work with all higher education institutions to ensure you will receive credit for your     experience, if applicable. To help offset travel and personal expenses, some schools or private individuals may     sponsor internships. To learn more about intern sponsorship click here.

Availability    +
Franconia is open to accommodating individual schedules for a well qualified candidate. The following dates are when internships are available.

• Program Intern: May 15 to September 20
• Development Intern: September 1 - December 15

Application Process    +
To apply for Franconia’s Arts Administration Internship, submit the materials listed below to Please submit all documents as PDFs.

Deadline for Program Internship: April 1, 2018. 5pm CST
Deadline for Development Internship: July 1, 2018. 5pm CST

1. Application Cover Page
  Save as a PDF labeled with applicant’s last name ex Lastname_CoverSheet.pdf

Download Application Cover Page

2. Letter of Interest
    Written description of your interest in Franconia’s Arts Administration Internship Program.
    One page only. Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_Letter.pdf

3. Writing Sample
    This could be on any topic, but should display strong writing abilities both in grammar and in content. 3 pages     maximum. Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_Sample.PDF.

4. Current Resume or CV
    Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_Resume.pdf

5. Two References
    A document with the name, profession, telephone number and email address of two people who can act as a     reference for you. One page only
    Submit as a PDF labeled with Lastname_References.pdf

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of application materials. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application materials were not received correctly.

Have questions? Email or call (651) 257-6668.

Please note: Administrative Interns do NOT receive studio space nor is their artwork included in the exhibition. If you are interested in a studio-based internship, please apply for the Intern Artist Program.