Summer Youth Arts & Culture Internship
Pay: $10/hr., approx. 12 hrs. per week for up to 180 hours (through late August or early September)
Reports To: Arts and Culture Coordinator and Economic Development Manager
Status: Temporary; non-exempt; non-union; non-Civil Service
Open to currently enrolled high school students only. This internship offers insight on the administration of a local arts agency in a municipal setting, with an emphasis on outreach and public engagement. The selected candidate can expect to learn the basics of event planning and production, marketing for the arts, and communications and organizational skills, as well as exposure to working with public bodies and associated processes by participating in Public Arts Commission meetings. The position is intended to be worked for the duration of the student’s summer vacation through September. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Preference will be given to Urbana residents. Student employees will have the opportunity to take initiative, solve problems, interact with the public directly, and work collaboratively in a team. This experience will enable the selected candidate to build their professional network and connect with local leaders in the arts.
The student employee’s job will be administrative. Their responsibilities will include:
Developing content for the Urbana Arts and Culture Program’s social media and monthly e-newsletter; tracking engagement levels of marketing campaigns
Updating and organizing the program’s e-mail lists on MailChimp and Outlook
Assistance in developing programs and events
Assisting the Arts and Culture Coordinator with research, meeting preparations and other general administrative duties
[Please note: In light of COVID-19, specific duties for the position will be modified, as needed, to allow the students to work remotely in accordance with City and public health guidelines.]
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials, either by e-mail or hard copy:
- A cover letter and resume that includes information about their area(s) of interests, any related experience they might have, and what they expect to learn from this opportunity
- A proof of school enrollment, such as current transcripts
- Contact information for at least one professional or school-related reference
- Optional but encouraged: letters of recommendation letter
Materials may be submitted to Rachel Storm, Arts and Culture Coordinator, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a thorough review of submitted applications, those candidates best meeting the position's requirements and responsibilities will be invited to interview. A final determination will be made based on the candidate’s willingness to learn about arts management and/or community development, working knowledge of social media and Microsoft Word, written and oral communication skills, and commitment to the internship for the agreed duration. Candidates will be notified of their application status through e-mail only.
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. The City of Urbana is an equal opportunity employer.