Available positions are listed at the bottom of this page!
Southern Exposure's internship program is a vital part of the organization's operating structure. The internship program provides training within a non-profit visual arts organization, allowing participants to assume professional-level responsibilities, receive training and guidance from SoEx staff and understand how a non-profit arts organization functions. We view the program as an extension of our education and outreach services that help to expand and diversify community interaction. All interns should be interested in working in a non-profit arts environment, possess strong communication skills and have computer skills.
All internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 6 hours per week and approximately a 6–12 month commitment (unless otherwise stated in descriptions below).
ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE INTERN
Under the supervision of the Administrative Manager, the AltEx intern helps implement outreach strategies for the program and communicates with artists about their proposals, helps receive and organize applications and prepare submissions for review by a panel of jurors. This is a great opportunity to learn about the process of applying for grants and running a grants program. To learn more about specific goals of the Alternative Exposure program visit: soex.org/alternative-exposure.
Skills needed: for this position are a proficiency in writing, attention to detail, ability to work independently, a strong interest in contemporary artistic practices and a working knowledge of FileMaker, Microsoft Word and Excel.
Duration: June – January
The archive internship is ideal for someone who is interested in learning about preserving Southern Exposure's history, learning about the alternative arts space movement and conducting archival research. The archive intern will work with SoEx staff members to secure archival documents, catalog items in the archive and eventually make accessible to the public the organization's rich 40-year history. The position involves digitizing archival materials and photographs, researching and reconstructing past programming at Southern Exposure, and migrating archival data to a future archive website. The candidate must possess excellent organization and research skills, as well as proficiencies in Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word. SoEx seeks candidates who can commit six to eight hours a week for at least a six-month period.
ARTISTS IN EDUCATION (AIE) INTERN
The AIE intern works under the supervision of the AIE Program Director to help to coordinate and administer AIE programs (Youth Advisory Board, Mission Voices Summer and the One-On-One Mentorship program), print material and exhibitions. The intern also helps research community organizations, designs and implements community outreach strategies, and tracks outreach efforts. The intern will help to identify and target community groups, schools and neighborhoods that would be interested in upcoming educational programs, exhibitions and events through publicity and promotion, and active invitation. Southern Exposure seeks an AIE intern with an interest in arts education, curriculum development, public programming and outreach.
ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERN
The Arts Administration intern works with all staff members to support various project-based tasks. This includes grant research, assisting with installations, mailings, distribution, soliciting donations and volunteers, and other duties related to the administration of a nonprofit arts organization. Southern Exposure seeks a general administrative intern who is self-motivated and flexible. This internship is a great introduction to Southern Exposure and often leads to the intern's participation in more specialized projects.
DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING EVENTS INTERN (AUCTION)
The Development & Fundraising Events Intern works closely with the Administrative Manager and Fundraising Committee on all aspects of Southern Exposure's Annual Fundraiser and Art Auction. The intern will learn how to organize a major fundraising event from beginning to end, including a range of pre- and post-event communications and the context of a major fundraising event within a small non-profit organization. Duties include seeking business sponsorships and in-kind donations, coordinating auction artists and artworks, creating and maintaining complex spreadsheets, auction catalog production, event production, gallery installation, publicity and marketing, and donor acknowledgement.
Skills needed: Strong communication skills, an outgoing personality, attention to detail, ability to work independently, interest in non-profit fundraising and event planning; familiarity with Macintosh computers, social media and a solid working knowledge of general office applications such as Google Drive, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Word and Excel.
Duration: November – May (6 months)
Working under the supervision of the Communications and Outreach Director, the communications intern maintains press contacts and received press records, promotes SoEx events and projects via listings and social media, uploads content to the SoEx website and analyzes quarterly viewership/readership statistics. The intern should know and understand SoEx's artists and projects, occasionally helping to write and edit copy. This position is ideal for someone interested in arts writing, digital engagement and audience development.
Skills needed: A working knowledge of social media platforms, Microsoft Word, Excel and the Adobe Creative Suite. Html knowledge is a big plus.
Under the supervision of the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director, the curatorial intern receives, organizes and prepares artist materials for curatorial committee review; organizes spreadsheets and assists with additional administrative tasks as needed. The curatorial intern attends and takes minutes at monthly curatorial meetings.
Skills needed: Proficiency in writing, attention to detail, ability to follow through with long-term projects, working within a committee structure, knowledge of contemporary artistic practices and a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Photoshop. This position requires a one-year commitment.
MISSION VOICES SUMMER (MVS) INTERN
Mission Voices Summer is a four-week summer arts program that gives young people the opportunity to exercise leadership skills and participate in their community by exploring relevant social and personal issues through visual and performing arts. The MVS intern will work with the Artists in Education Director to help with coordination, administration and final installation of the program. The intern will also help with publicity, in-kind donations, outreach and support for the final event of the program. Skills needed for this position include an interest in community arts and organizations, working with youth, and event planning. Being bi-lingual is a plus.
MONSTER DRAWING RALLY INTERN
The Monster Drawing Rally intern works primarily with SoEx staff to coordinate all aspects of the annual Monster Drawing Rally (MDR). The MDR intern serves as the primary liaison with participating artists. Other responsibilities may include: sending out event postings and calendar listings, organizing necessary supplies, helping to coordinate volunteers, uploading photos and text to the SoEx website, and data entry. The MDR intern must be available at least one day a week from the beginning of April through July, and must absolutely be available to serve a key position at the event.
Skills needed: Excellent organizational skills, good people skills, ability to work under pressure, appreciation for contemporary art, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Filemaker Pro. Experience with Photoshop a plus.
PHOTO DOCUMENTATION INTERN
The Photo Documentation Intern works with the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director to document Southern Exposure's exhibitions, education programs, events, projects and performances. This position requires someone who has exceptional photography experience including a working knowledge of photographing in daylight, tungsten, and cross-illuminated environments. Subject matter includes gallery installation shots, artwork details, publicity images, crowd images during events and receptions, and live performance documentation. Responsibilities include processing digital images of current exhibition programming for our website, press purposes and our digital archive. Proficiency in Photoshop is required. A working knowledge of Illustrator and In Design is a plus and access to a Digital SLR camera is preferred. This position requires some evening and weekend shifts as well as 12-20 office hours per month.
The production internship is ideal for someone with an interest in AV gear and a desire to learn about the contemporary arts scene. Under the supervision of the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director, the production intern works directly with Southern Exposure artists to install and strike their events and exhibitions and maintain the gallery's appearance. This intern will assist with the inventory, planning, organization, and set up of all AV equipment, gallery materials, and supplies, including the maintenance, labeling, purchase and in-kind donations of tools, paint, technical equipment, pedestals, tables, etc. Past experience with audio and/or video equipment, familiarity with cables, handling artwork, and painting and preparing walls is preferred, but not necessary. The ability to be organized and to endure mild physical labor is a must. As part of the SoEx team, all interns are expected to provide general support to the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director and staff in daily tasks if requested.
PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM INTERN
Under the supervision of the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director, the Projects and Exhibitions Program Intern organizes materials and information for exhibitions and public projects. The Intern researches materials, consolidates equipment, and communicates with artists and curators to coordinate administrative and logistical details for upcoming projects. This may include correspondence with artists, assisting with installation, lighting the gallery, arranging shipping, and sourcing and ordering supplies, amongst other activities. This internship is ideal for someone interested in gaining a broad overview of the logistical components of exhibition making and public projects in a non-profit art environment. Skills needed for this position are an attention to detail, strong organizational skills, flexibility, the ability to lift 50 lbs, comfort on a ladder, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
VIDEO DOCUMENTATION INTERN
The Video Documentation Intern works with the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director to document Southern Exposure's upcoming series of exciting exhibition projects, performances and events. This position requires someone who has exceptional video experience and a serious commitment to the medium. A working knowledge of documenting in a variety of different lighting environments and recording sound at different levels is ideal. Responsibilities include setting up the gallery in advance of the event for video and sound recording, effectively documenting programming and editing material in a timely manner. In addition, the video intern is also responsible for logging, archiving, and uploading video to DVD and SoEx's website for distribution to relevant parties. Skills needed for this position include a proficiency in video editing software such as Final Cut Pro. Knowledge of basic web, print publishing formats and archiving databases such as File-Maker Pro are a plus. Access to a digital video camera and related equipment, as well as an editing studio and the ability to work independently outside of the gallery is preferred. We are looking to work with someone who has a flexible schedule and can be available on weekends and evenings.