Next Gen Arts Leader Internship
Deadline to apply: June 1, 2019 APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED
Notification: June 30, 2019
Internship Dates: September 3, 2019 - May 29, 2020 (9 months)
Compensation: $6,000 (10 hrs./week x $15/hr. x 40 weeks)
Number of Internships: 1
Eligibility: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists
We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists of color who identify as Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan, Immigrants, Refugees, and/or Muslim. We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.
Goals and Learning Objectives
This internship is designed to provide emerging arts leaders from diverse backgrounds with an in-depth understanding of Springboard’s operations and programming. This internship will help to develop the skill set and perspective of an emerging arts leader while also providing them the opportunity to contribute their unique insights and perspectives. A specific program area may be chosen based on the interns’ professional or academic experience and career objectives, although the intern will work across all of Springboard’s program areas to gain understanding of non-profit arts administration, management and leadership.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Program support. Tasks may include working on community partnerships, professional development and health programs, development (marketing and fundraising), as well as general administrative support.
- Project support. Projects may include outreach and building connections with diverse arts communities, developing compelling community programming, creating engaging web content and assisting in the Resource Center.
- Attendance at bi-weekly staff meetings and board meetings every other month.
- Competitive candidates will be recent graduates or currently enrolled students with experience in the arts and/or arts administration (for example, juniors and seniors in a Bachelor’s degree program or students working towards an Associate degree), as well as those with comparable life experience in the arts and/or arts administration.
- Competitive candidates will also demonstrate maturity and be able to articulate why this internship in nonprofit arts leadership supports their professional goals in the wider arts industry.
- Ability to work with others professionally and tactfully.
- Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.
- Ability to adhere to Springboard’s policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
- Candidates will work within Springboard's Guiding Principles.
Complete the application form and upload a resume and cover letter detailing:
- Why you consider yourself to represent diversity in terms of culture, background, or experience.
- How do questions of equity shape your personal and professional interests?
- What interests you about working at Springboard?
- What do you hope to gain from this experience and how might it enhance your career plans?
- What do you feel you can contribute to Springboard and/or the Minnesota arts community?
Rajine Williams is a senior at the University of Minnesota, graduating in the fall with a B.A. in Art. She is a multifaceted artist with a focus on drawing and painting, centering around Afrocentrism and Black femininity. Rajine previously interned at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, and is working towards a career path combining her passions for art and public service. We are excited to work with Rajine over the coming school year and to have her observe, develop, and support Springboard's programming and organizational culture!