Tucson Pima Arts Council



The Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to investigate and engage in the work of a local nonprofit with a mission to advance the arts.  Being an intern at TPAC provides students with an opportunity to participate in a comprehensive learning experience, including group collaboration and work projects that develop the creativity and skills necessary for future work in any field.  Interns at TPAC are an integral part of a team that works to make community arts development in Tucson and Pima County more successful. As an intern, you will be given assignments that both reflect this view and utilize your skills, ideas, and talents.

Although TPAC internships are unpaid, you may be eligible for university credit (course/credit must be identified and arranged by intern with counsel from his/her university advisor). In exchange, TPAC internships provide valuable, hands-on work experience in a variety of fields.  Interns form mentorships between TPAC staff and board members as they simultaneously gain knowledge around the artistic creativity and culture in Southern Arizona.

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:

The Tucson Pima Arts Council plays a central role in promotion and advocacy of arts and cultural in Southern Arizona. We are a quasi-governmental funding agency that provides operating and project-based grants to artists and arts organizations in Tucson and Pima County. TPAC is engaging in a three month information gathering campaign that is part of an over-all strategic planning process designed to re-imagine the arts and culture sector in our region. An internship at TPAC will put you at the center of this dynamic process. You will have an opportunity to develop marketing, strategic planning and community engagement skills needed to inform and guide and lead an organizational development process.

How to Apply

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

  • Title of position
  • A 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: with a subject line that pertains to position for which you are applying.

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.