For those looking to hone their skills and engage with the Bay Area arts community, 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. 

The principles of Southern Exposure’s internship program are to:

  • Provide interns with professional experience in arts administration

  • Prepare interns for, and connect them with, further opportunities within the arts, especially paid positions and leadership roles

  • Actively seek out communities and experiences that are underrepresented in arts administration and works to bring those outside in

  • Build relationships that share knowledge in omni-directional ways between interns and staff as well as other SoEx community members

All interns should be interested in working in a non-profit arts environment, possess strong communication skills and have computer skills. When possible, we partner with schools and community organizations to provide stipends or course credit. Internships require a minimum of 6 hours per week and approximately a 6–12 month commitment (unless otherwise stated).

Alternative Exposure Intern

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Alternative Exposure 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.

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: September 2018 – January 2019. To learn more about specific goals of the Alternative Exposure program visit:

Exhibitions and Projects Intern

Under the supervision of the Projects and Exhibitions Program Director, the exhibitions and projects Intern organizes materials for the Curatorial Council; conducts research; emails artists and curators; organizes spreadsheets; and assists with additional administrative tasks as needed. The exhibitions and projects intern also attends and takes minutes at monthly curatorial meetings.

Skills needed for this position are an attention to detail; proficiency in writing; ability to self-direct and follow through with long-term projects; knowledge of contemporary artistic practices; and a working knowledge of Apple computers and Gmail. Experience with Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign/Photoshop, Facebook, and Instagram is helpful. This position requires a six-month commitment to work 4-6 hours per week. Some weekend and evening hours may be required for events and meetings. Please email resume and letter of interest to [email protected].

Artists in Education Intern

The AIE intern suppports the  coordination, administration, and evaluation of Southern Exposure’s educational initiatives. The intern works to enhance a database of community based organizations, arts organizations, and teachers in an effort to identify outreach opportunities. AIE Interns play a key role supporting and leading each of our AIE programs. Interns will have a hands on experience in arts education. Training includes facilitation, independent research, hands-on workshops, class observations, and participation in a mentorship program. Additionally, interns will assist with exhibition development from working with designers to develop outreach materials to preparing and installing work by our young artists.