Fall 2019 - Local Arts Advancement Intern

Americans For The Arts - Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle area)
$15 an hour

The Americans for the Arts Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of the nation's leading nonprofit for advancing the arts in America. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects, and group collaborations, interns become integral members of our team. Interns are expected to participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work, while preparing to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.

In addition to being part of their departmental team within a professional office environment, interns will have the opportunity to meet everyone at Americans for the Arts and learn how each department works toward the organization's mission. Additional program benefits include: professional development opportunities; informational interviews with contacts in the field; site visits to arts agencies and national arts organizations; peer-to-peer networking; and career counseling including resume/cover letter/interview evaluation and review.


The Local Arts Advancement (LAA) department of Americans for the Arts supports local arts agencies nationwide by providing field education opportunities, tools and resources to further the advancement of the arts on the local level. The LAA department manages several networks to support the connection of local arts agency colleagues from across the U.S. in the sharing of knowledges and best practices.

The 2019 Fall LAA Intern will be responsible for researching, synthesizing and producing resources that highlight the role of public art administrators and the public art leadership pipeline. To generate these resources, the Intern will utilize internal and external information to create immediately accessible resources for local arts administrators to better understand the role and career development of public art administration. Where time allows, the Intern may also develop online content such as a blog salon or host a webinar to feature an idea or finding discovered during their work.

The LAA Intern will be supervised by the Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager and may assist where needed the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, and the Local Arts Services Director, and Local Arts Advancement Program Manager.

Where applicable, the Intern may represent Americans for the Arts at an event or be invited to an off-site engagement to further their understanding of the public art and/or local arts agency field.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Public Art & Civic Design Resource Project

  • Work with the Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager to develop a research project that will highlight the role of public art administrators and the public art leadership pipeline.
  • Implement the agreed upon research project with supervision from the Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager.
  • Organize findings to generate outward facing resources, such as a 1-pagers, infographics or white paper.
  • Where time allows, develop an educational tool such as a webinar or blog post to feature an idea or finding discovered during their work.

Professional Development/Career Goals

  • Work with Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager to better understand their career options and how Americans for the Arts resources can be utilized to support your next job placement.
  • Utilize the resources of Americans for the Arts to better understand career options within the local arts agency or public art administration ecosystems.
  • Attend internal and external meetings and events to support personal growth and to participate in networking events.

Other Duties

  • Work with Local Arts Advancement staff on various projects as they arise
  • Assist the VP of Local Arts Advancement on perspective members research
  • Other projects as needed.


  • Background or interest in public art, arts administration or creative placemaking
  • Strong research and informational organization skills
  • A positive attitude and
    an earnest interest in providing quality customer service to our members, stakeholders, and partners
  • Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects
  • Strong Personal Computer (PC) skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


The ideal candidate will be able to focus on their tasks in a busy work environment, be creative and thoughtful in their work, and get along well with their colleagues.


  • Application due date: July 22, 2019
  • Intern Start Date: September 10, 2019
  • Intern End Date: November 15, 2019


  • Interns can work up to 20 hours a week
  • Interns will receive a wage of $15.00/hour


Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, DC and a second office located in New York, NY.


Americans for the Arts acknowledges the existence of systemic and structural biases and believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in pursuing cultural equity in all aspects of governance, operations, and programming. As an employee, you are expected to:

  • Pursue substantive learning to achieve greater cultural consciousness by attending at least one Americans for the Arts Learning Lab per quarter and/or other professional development opportunities
  • Support adoption of best practices to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work experience for colleagues and external partners
  • Strive to consider the people, places, and cultures that might be missing from your work and look for opportunities to increase inclusivity in all the work you do.
  • Support the mission and vision of Americans for the Arts in all interactions with colleagues, members and stakeholders
  • Encourage colleagues and external stakeholders to advance cultural equity by adhering to the standards outlined in the Staff Values & Behavior Agreement in all interactions


Americans for the Arts believes that one of its greatest strengths is the rich diversity of its staff.

We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender and gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, including pregnancy and childbirth, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, political belief or activity, veteran or military discharge status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law and regulations under Title VII.

The policy applies to all employment practices, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

All employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination of any kind should contact their immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The law prohibits retaliation against any employee for reporting discrimination or perceived discrimination, or for participating in an investigation of incidents of discrimination or perceived discrimination.

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