2013 summer internships in arts administration
The Bee Vradenburg Foundation is deeply committed to furthering career opportunities for emerging arts leaders. To support this commitment, the foundation provides support each summer for a paid internship in arts administration at an arts nonprofit in El Paso County, Colorado. Internship opportunities are restricted to college students who have participated in the arts locally, as detailed under Eligibility Requirements below.
Bee Vradenburg Foundation expects that the intern experience will be valuable to the supervising organization and to the intern, as he or she explores arts-focused careers. The foundation commits to providing the majority of payroll for the internship, as detailed below.
Interested applicants, and arts nonprofits interested in hosting a summer intern, are highly advised to call or email Foundation Executive Director Susan Edmondson with questions. Interested applicants are advised to use the winter break from college as a time to connect with the foundation and/or with arts nonprofits interested in employing a summer intern.
DURATION AND COMPENSATION
- Internships are structured for summer employment only.
- Hours are flexible based upon the needs of the Supervising Arts Nonprofit organization but generally are structured as 20 hours per week for 10 weeks for a total salary of $2,000. Supervising nonprofits may seek or arrange additional time commitments by the intern at the agreed salary of $10 an hour, but the maximum support provided directly through this program for one intern will be $2,000.
- Interns will be employed and supervised by the Supervising Arts Nonprofit. The foundation will compensate the nonprofit with a $2,000 grant to cover intern salaries; payroll taxes and other expenses must be covered by the Supervising Arts Nonprofit.
- Employment is considered to be “at-will,” meaning that employees and employers may voluntarily enter into and cease employment agreements at any time.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNS
- Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in a university, college or community college.
- Applicants must have been involved in the arts in the Colorado Springs metro area during their high school years for a minimum of one year, outside of regular arts involvement in a school or church setting. This may include but is not limited to participation in groups such as the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Fine Arts Center Youth Repertory, local dance studios, or theatrical or tech work with local theater companies. Active involvement in the arts at a college level for students with ties to the Colorado Springs metro area also will be considered.
- Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to take initiative and work on a team, strong oral and written communication skills, and overall high standards of professionalism and integrity.
- Applicants are encouraged to express an interest in working with a specific nonprofit or in a particular arts field. After an intern is selected for the program, the foundation will coordinate the connection between the intern and the Supervising Arts Nonprofit for employment.
- Applicants must be able to provide their own transportation as deemed necessary by the Supervising Arts Nonprofit.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate permanent residency in the United States.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERVISING ARTS NONPROFITS
- Supervising Arts Nonprofits agree to provide a written job description detailing likely job duties. These duties should be primarily administrative in nature, to include but not limited to work such as marketing; fund development; database management; volunteer management; program design and execution; outreach services; etc.
- Supervising Arts Nonprofits will be provided a $2,000 grant to cover the intern’s salary. Payroll taxes and other expenses will be covered by the nonprofit.
- The Supervising Arts Nonprofit agrees to provide a short final report upon conclusion of the internship.
January 2013 – Internships announced.
February 21, 2013 – Application deadline.
March 1, 2013 – Notification of status.
March 18, 2013 – Deadline to formally accept internship.
May/June, 2013 – Internship commences based upon mutually agreed dates.
Applicants must submit the following items via email to David Siegel,
, by February 21, 2013:
- A cover letter describing your past and current involvement in the arts and future interest in the arts or arts administration at either at a professional or personal level; please also state what type of work interests you most, and if you have a preference of working with a specific organization.
- Maximum two letters of reference.
Please call Susan Edmondson at 719-477-0185 with any questions about the application process.