The future of St. Louis arts and culture is in your hands.
The Regional Arts Commission is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who want to learn more about supporting the arts. As a RAC intern, you will develop professional skills, network and have a real role in shaping our community. Our interns come from a variety of fields, including but not limited to art history, marketing, graphic design, political science, business, visual art, anthropology, nonprofit management and arts administration. Their common bond is the desire to make a positive difference in our region.
RAC internships typically cover a semester (about 14-18 weeks) but can last up to a year. Interns will work closely with their direct supervisor, and will have the opportunity to become integrally involved in all aspects of RAC operations. RAC accepts applications from college students, recent graduates, and college graduates that are considering arts administration as a career. Internships are available on a rolling basis, and the number of positions available depends on the needs of the RAC staff at the time of application. We offer both full and part-time intern positions. Most positions are unpaid but interns may be eligible to earn academic credit towards their major or graduation requirements. RAC offers several types of internships in the following areas: Community & Public Art, Grants, Marketing & Communications and Communications & Special Events.
Community Arts Internship
This position requires an interest in community arts and Internship development and public art. Candidates will be highly motivated, self-starters who can work on multiple task-related projects as needed. Projects may include maintaining and updating the public art page, photographing new public art pieces, helping with event preparation and setup, conducting research for special projects and various administrative tasks for the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. Qualified candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of all Microsoft office programs.
This position requires excellent writing and organizational skills as well as great attention to detail. Interns work closely with the grants team in proofreading correspondence documenting meeting minutes; assisting in organizing workshops, seminars, and panel meetings; research on a variety of topics, assisting writing proposals and other administrative duties as needed. Other administrative duties may include processing final report forms, invoices, organizing grant materials and maintaining files. Candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative, work well under pressure, and respect deadlines. Qualified candidates should also have excellent interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of all Microsoft office programs and experience with database management preferred.
Marketing and Communications Internship
Interns work closely with the marketing and communications team to develop a ways to display our organization to the public and to our constituents including the development of press releases, media alerts, calendar listings, social media and online postings, etc. Candidates should have excellent writing skills, be able to multi-task, take initiative, work well under pressure, and respect deadlines. Candidates should also have excellent interpersonal skills as they will have the opportunity to attend a variety of industry-related meetings and special events, as well as actively participate in brainstorming sessions within the organization. Qualified candidates will possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms. Excellent writing and administrative skills required. Experience with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is helpful.
Communications and Special Events Internship
Interns work closely with the marketing and communications team to develop a range of email communications which may include creating flyers, developing calendar postings, social media and online postings, etc. Interns will also assist in the coordination of RAC special events. They will also have the opportunity to attend various business meetings and workshops. Candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative, work well under pressure, have excellent interpersonal skills and respect deadlines. Qualified candidates should also have excellent interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of all Microsoft office programs. Some experience with event planning and project management is recommended. Experience with social media platforms and graphic design is helpful.
Want more information about RAC’s arts management internship opportunities? Download RAC Internships At-A-Glance.
To apply for an internship with the Regional Arts Commission, please complete the application and include the following information in a PDF Format:
- Your résumé
- Your cover letter
- Your completed writing assessment (download the instructions here)
Katherine Dunham Internship
RAC is proud to offer the Katherine Dunham Internship annually for the spring semester, which provides a stipend of $2500. Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Internship was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in and be mentored in the field of arts administration to later find employment and achieve success working at cultural institutions.
The purpose of the Katherine Dunham internship is: 1) to provide opportunities for individuals who currently are under-represented in the field of arts administration to gain experience in a number of different arts administration areas, and 2) to develop the pool of outstanding minority arts administration professionals.
Applicants for the Katherine Dunham Internship must meet the following qualifications:
- African American high school graduates, college students, graduates or post-graduate students. (High school students will not be considered)
- Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts
- Those with a genuine interest to work for a cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.)
- Must be able to work 300 hours between January and May during normal Regional Arts Commission business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To apply for the Katherine Dunham Internship, please complete the application and include the following information:
- Your résumé
- A letter of reference from a professor or a recent employer
- A 250-300 word essay answering the question: “Why are you interested in arts administration and how will this internship help you achieve your goals?” Please include within your essay answer what it is about Katherine Dunham that has inspired you to apply for this internship
View the 2014 Press Release here.
We are not currently accepting applications for the 2015 Katherine Dunham Internship.
Questions about RAC Internships? Please contact Rebecca Raynes, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)863-5811