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:

Monster Drawing Rally Intern

The Monster Drawing Rally intern works with SoEx staff to coordinate all aspects of the annual Monster Drawing Rally (MDR), an incredible live drawing and fundraiser event where over 120 artists work side by side to create original drawings that immediately go up for sale. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with experience and interest in event planning to gain valuable professional experience while working with a dedicated team to realize a fun, fast-paced community event.

The MDR intern serves as the primary liaison with participating artists. Other responsibilities 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 September through the end of October, and must absolutely be available to serve a key position at the event on October 5, 2018.

Skills needed: Excellent organizational skills, good people skills, the ability to work under pressure, an appreciation for contemporary art, proficiency in Google Drive, Microsoft Word, and Excel. Experience with Photoshop and database software a plus.