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Volunteer Opportunities and Internships


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is a District of Columbia Government agency that provides grant funding and capacity building supports to individual (teaching) artists and cultural organizations in the city. CAH seeks dynamic arts management students to intern in its Grants, Events, Public Art, and Arts Education Departments for Fall 2017, Winter/Spring  2018, and Summer 2018.

Hours:    Academic Year Internship: Varies (minimum 8 hours/week)
Reports to:    Arts Education Coordinator and Department Head
Attends:    All Staff Meetings (monthly); Department Meetings (weekly); Commissioner Committee Meetings (ad hoc)

The Grants Department Intern works closely with the Director of Grants to cover a variety of administrative responsibilities. The intern facilitates the planning and delivery of nine (9) grants programs with the CAH.

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Review of FY17 final reports and FY18  interim reports and budgets;
• Preparation of grant agreements and invoices;
• Participation in grant season launch and preparation workshops for applicants;
• Participation in debriefing meetings with applicants;
• Handling of applicant and panelist scoring portal; and,
• Supporting applicant and panelist requests including login and profile information updates.

The Events Intern works closely with the Special Events Manager to assist in the administration and delivery of special projects and events for the CAH. The intern is expected to have a flexible  schedule and may be required to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Assisting in securing services of, and preparing documents for, participating artists, vendors, and venues for special projects;
• Coordinating meetings with venue representatives and production departments as related to special projects;
• Providing assistance with technical production and stage management support for special projects;
• Reporting to Special Events Manager on all matters of budget approval and modification, and programming;
• Assisting in concept designs and details of special projects;
• Assisting with internal communications and approvals to/from upper level management, and the Media/PR/Communications Departments;
• Providing administrative assistance by way of maintaining records, files, and correspondence related to project assignments; and,
• Assisting with the design and print of all promotional materials as they pertain to special projects.

The Arts Education Intern works closely with the Arts Education Team to assist in the administrative duties of various Arts Education initiatives including; Poetry Out Loud, Spotlight on Arts Education Symposium, Youth Creativity Summit, Field Trip Experiences Initiative, Celebrate the Creative Spark! and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Preparing, organizing, and maintaining Arts Education Program (AEP) and District Arts  and Humanities Initiative: Field Trip Experiences grants applications, reports, and budgets;
• Preparing and participating in professional development workshops for agency grantees;
• Working with Arts Education staff to oversee delivery of NEA’s Poetry Out Loud program with DC high schools in March 2018;
• Assisting in the planning and implementation of the Youth Creativity Summit with 250 youth from DC public schools;
• Planning and implementing a one-day symposium on arts education in Fall 2017;
• Working with Arts Education staff to coordinate programming between schools and arts organizations/individual teaching artists as part of the Celebrate the Creative Spark! initiative; and,
• Working with Arts Education staff to prepare for participation in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for Summer 2018.

Prospective Intern Experience and Key Competencies:
Interest in, and knowledge of, the arts in Washington, D.C. is vital. Knowledge of District of Columbia arts/cultural organizations and individual artists preferred.

• Strong computer skills with competencies in Microsoft Office;
• Attention to detail and ability to work on several tasks in tandem;
• Reliability;
• Ability to work well under pressure and within established deadlines;
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; and,
• Creative problem solver.

Submit resume, cover letter detailing areas of interest, and a 1-2-page writing sample to David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator at [email protected] / (202) 671 1354.

Deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

August 4, 2017 (Fall 2017)
October 27, 2017 (Winter/Spring 2018)
March 2, 2018 (Summer 2018)