Americans for the Arts

  • Spring 2019 Arts Action Fund Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/18/2018 12:47 PM)
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  • Overview

    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, all the while preparing to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.


    In addition to being a 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 towards 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 Arts Action Fund Intern is responsible for aiding the achievement of the Fund’s overarching goal: to enlist and mobilize 1 million arts advocates as members. All of the intern’s tasks aim to advance membership for the Fund and its political action committee. Helping to increase membership entails educating the Fund’s social media following, corresponding with potential or established partner and member organizations, and helping organize the Fund’s presence at numerous art-related events nationwide. Because the Arts Action Fund is a small organization, the intern will have to hold a variety of skills and take on other tasks such as helping with website development, entering data, and managing financial documents. The most beneficial skills the Fund’s intern should have are strong writing and communication skills, the ability to perform meticulous tasks, as well as an eye for design.


    Social Media

    • Manage social media outlets
    • Create a social media tactical plan to be utilized throughout the semester
    • Brainstorm ideas to increase social media following on both Facebook and Twitter
    • Research other social media outlets possible for Arts Action Fund to use
    • Create engaging social media posts, blogs, pictures, or videos
    • Update the department weekly on increase in followers

    Online Content Design

    • Draft and edit emails and other written content for communicating with partners and members
    • Draft and edit written content aimed for the public
    • Conduct research on Non-Profits, PACs and their design tactics

    Data Management

    • Data entry of new members
    • Assist with logistics of participation at conference and events
    • Attend board meetings and take minutes
    • Assist with recording invoices and other financial documents

    ArtsVote Duties

    • Assist with 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card design and content
    • Compile candidate research into concise, well-organized reports from which candidate memos can be drafted. Assist with editing memos.


    • Undergraduate student, graduate student, or recent college graduate
    • Excellent written and organization skills
    • Graphics, video, and editing skills
    • Proficiency and/or interest in learning basic website management skills
    • Some experience in campaigns or political activities
    • Strong interest in political and legislative issues impacting the arts and arts education
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (especially Word and Excel)
    • Familiarity with using major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter)
    • Strong writing and proofreading skills
    • Comfort with communicating over phone and ability to conduct interviews in a professional manner

    Salary & Benefits

    • Paid/Hourly


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