Internships

Background

The Tucson Pima Arts Council offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage and investigate in the work of a local nonprofit that has a mission of advancing the arts.  Being an intern at TPAC provides students with a comprehensive learning experience, group collaboration, and many work projects that develop the creativity and skills necessary for future work in any field.  Interns at TPAC are an integral part of the team and are given tasks that reflect this view.  To make community arts development in Tucson and Pima County more successful, TPAC relies on interns who enthusiastically contribute their skills, ideas, and talents.

TPAC internships are unpaid.  You may be eligible for university credit for your TPAC internship (course/credit must be identified and arranged by intern with counsel from his/her university advisor).

TPAC internships provide valuable experience for students looking for hands-on work experience in a variety of fields.  Valuable mentoring relationships are formed between interns and TPAC staff and board members, knowledge is gained on the breadth of artistic creativity and culture in Southern Arizona and skills on working with diverse members of the community is gained.  Also, the presence of working with such an established nonprofit in Tucson provides immediate qualifications for future opportunities in an intern’s career.

Qualifications for ALL Internship Positions

  • Students must be undergraduate or graduate students
  • Exemplary Written and Verbal Communication
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a group setting
  • Interest in nonprofit administration and arts policy
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work part-time (min. 6 hours/week) for Fall and Spring positions

Internship Positions Available and Requirements

Applications for these positions are accepted on a rolling basis

Fall

Programs and Events Intern - This position begins in early September and requires students with skills in communication and marketing. The main project of this position involves the Fall Open Studio Tour. The Open Studio Tour is an event that involves over 200 artists showcasing their artwork and talents to visitors and residents of Southern Arizona. Some sample tasks for this position includes: organizing materials for marketing, writing and producing promotional materials, organizing a way to showcase artwork, and working with artists to present a preview show. Applicants for this position must be able to organize an effective communication system between TPAC and local artists, coordinate volunteer efforts, and utilize marketing tools.

Special Public Art Project Intern - This position begins in early September. With over 250 pieces of public art throughout the Tucson community, the Tucson Pima Arts Council is looking for an intern to help document and publicize the locations of this art. This position will develop a mapping system that can be produced in a brochure and online format. Valuable experience in developing online resources for businesses and non-profit organizations is afforded to interested applicants for this position.  Inquiring applicants should be of a background that involves urban planning and/or web design.

Grants Program Intern - This position begins in early September. The TPAC Grants Program annually awards over $400,000 to more than 60 nonprofit arts organizations and hundreds of individual artists. Grants Program Interns learn about major funding mechanisms and the public process. The intern will also work with special initiatives like civic engagement, rural arts, and arts in education. Finally, the intern will receive firsthand experience in the field of grant-writing with participation in grant panel deliberations. Applicants for this position must be familiar with data entry, capable of website management, enthusiastic in supporting community dialogue and deliberation, and be able to assist in the process of grant writing.

Spring

Programs and Events Intern - This position begins in mid-January and requires students with skills in communication and management. Students will work with local artists to coordinate public art presentations while marketing these opportunities to the general public. Programs and Events Interns will also work with local city organizations to organize tours of public art projects. Another duty will include organization of the  LUMIES Arts and Business Awards. Applicants must demonstrate appropriate writing and communication skills.

Grants Program Intern - This position begins in mid-January. The TPAC Grants Program annually awards over $400,000 to more than 60 nonprofit arts organizations and hundreds of individual artists. Grants Program Interns learn about major funding mechanisms and the public process. The intern will also work with special initiatives like civic engagement, rural arts, and arts in education. Finally, the intern will receive firsthand experience in the field of grant-writing with participation in grant panel deliberations. Applicants for this position must be familiar with data entry, capable of website management, enthusiastic in supporting community dialogue and deliberation, and be able to assist in the process of grant writing.

Summer

Programs and Events Intern - This position begins in mid-May and requires students with skills in communication and management. Students will work on a variety of projects that include outreach to local artists and nonprofit arts organizations. One major project is organizing the  LUMIES Arts and Business Awards Ceremony for artists and arts sponsors in Southern Arizona. Another program is to work on archiving and collecting data on all public art located in other major areas of Arizona. Organizing events for the community to learn from artists is also imperative for those applying for this position. Applicants for this position must demonstrate excellent writing and organizational skills.

Grants Program Intern - This position begins in mid-May. The TPAC Grants Program annually awards over $400,000 to more than 60 nonprofit arts organizations and hundreds of individual artists. Grants Program Interns learn about major funding mechanisms and the public process. The intern will also work with special initiatives like civic engagement, rural arts, and arts in education. Finally, the intern will receive firsthand experience in the field of grant-writing with participation in grant panel deliberations. Applicants for this position must be familiar with data entry, capable of website management, enthusiastic in supporting community dialogue and deliberation, and be able to assist in the process of grant writing.

How to Apply
To apply for the Internship Program, please submit the following materials via email:

  • Classification of which position you are applying for
  • one page letter of inquiry, speaking to coursework, experience, or special interests related to the position
  • An attached resume
  • A list of at least two professional/academic references (contact information only: names, titles, phone numbers, email addresses, letters of references not required)

Email your materials to: info@TucsonPimaArtsCouncil.org with a subject line that pertains to position in which you are applying for.

Six Finding Voice youth, Julie Kasper (far left in front row), Josh Schachter (second from right in back row) and former Tucson Council Member Nina Trasoff at their exhibit opening in the Russell Building Rotunda of the U.S. Senate in 2008. After the opening, the youth presented their personal stories, photographs and immigration/refugee policy recommendations at a Congressional briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives organized by Congressman Raul Grijalva.