Alfa Art Gallery accomplishes as much as it does thanks to the assistance of many volunteers and interns. Our internship program is available to college students and recent graduates. This is an excellent opportunity to gain real-world work experience in an art gallery environment.

The internships positions are unpaid, but interns may arrange with their college to receive course credit (each department does things differently but there is usually some sort of internship proposal form. Talk to your department heads for more info). In exchange for their work interns will also gain valuable experience in a dynamic nonprofit arts environment and will receive an evaluation form and letter of recommendation at the end of their internship.

To apply for an internship, or to volunteer, please review the available positions below and send us your resume and cover letter letting us know which you’re interested in. Please tell us about your skills, and let us know your available start date and hours. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please e-mail a resume to internships@alfaart.org.

 

Here are some general rules and requirements that apply to all internship positions:

  • Interns are expected to attend most gallery-organized events (usually 2-3 a month).
  • Interns are expected to spend at least 8hrs a week at the gallery. If an intern is applying for credits through their respective university, hours can be made available based off the requirements for their credits. Hours are flexible and will be assigned on an individual basis.
  • All interns will gain valuable public speaking experience through our program “The News”. “The News” is a program, which tries to inform visitors at our events about other upcoming cultural events in the New Brunswick area.
  • All interns will be required to propose, plan, organize and execute an event during their internship. Since event planning and organization is a very comprehensive process each intern will have to collaborate with all other team members. This will help develop team-building and event organization skills.
  • In addition to the tasks specific to their area each intern is expected to help with administrative tasks and day-to-day operations.
  • Candidates should possess good written and verbal communication skills
  • Candidates should have a passion for art and a desire to be actively involved in the art community
  • Candidates are expected to be computer literate and quick learners
  • Candidates are required to have excellent problem solving skills and are expected to take initiative.

 

Marketing Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for a driven self-starter, passionate about marketing and social media, to assist with further developing and improving the gallery’s marketing strategy and find new ways to better promote the gallery and our events. This is a great opportunity for those interested in marketing, arts administration, grant writing and special events.

Tasks:

  • Responsible for helping to develop and implement the gallery’s marketing plan.
  • Build and maintain a good working relationship with local news agencies and other organizations.
  • Collaborate with our Social Media intern and our artists to establish the beginnings of an active art blog on our website.
  • Research innovative marketing strategies and services, mostly relating to the web, especially social media, e.g. H.A.R.O., Google Alerts, Google Analytics, FollowerWonk, TweetDeck, various social media post aggregators and search engines and more. (We believe that identifying the right services to use and learning how to use them is currently one of the gallery’s top priorities and the knowledge acquired by the intern during this process will be of immense help to them in their future career.)
  • Attend networking events and actively seek out mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and organizations in order to increase the gallery’s visibility and drive more traffic to it both physically and online.
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

 Requirements:

  • Marketing or related major (Sophomore or Seniors preferred)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently
  • Strong interest in social media and using it as a marketing resource
  • Previous marketing experience is a plus

 

Design Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for a passionate and creative who will take the lead on designing of the multitude of promotional materials required to reach our audience.

Tasks:

  • Come up with creative and robust designs of advertising materials for our upcoming exhibitions
  • Helping with the design and content layout of the annual catalog
  • Provide creative input and assist with other projects
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements

  • A strong sense of typography, typesetting and layout is necessary
  • Must be comfortable with using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Some experience with photography and image correction is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is a plus.

Previous design experience and the availability of a portfolio will strongly influence our final decision.

 

Communications/PR Internship 

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for the intern who will be Alfa’s face in the community and assist with informing the public of our endeavors and wonderful events.

Tasks:

  • Responsible for institutional visibility and community outreach
  • Assist with developing marketing plans to better reach our audience and promote our programs more successfully
  • Establish and maintain a personal relationship with local media
  • In charge of printed and electronic material distribution
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements:

  • Must be computer literate and experienced in using different social media platforms
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite is necessary.
  • Previous experience with WordPress or other CMS platform is a plus. Knowledge of HTML and CSS will be useful.
  • Good interpersonal, time-management, research, writing, and editing skills are a must.

 

Communications/Web & Social Media Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for an intern to further and improve the gallery’s online presence on the web and social media platforms.

Tasks:

  • Responsible for social media presence
  • In charge of the developing Alfa’s blog
  • Maintain the gallery’s personal relationship with patrons and artists
  • Assist with developing marketing plans to promote events more successfully
  • Assist with general institutional visibility and community outreach
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements:

  • Good writing skills are important
  • Must be computer literate and experienced in using different social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc).
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite is necessary.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop will be useful
  • Previous experience with WordPress or other CMS platforms is a plus. Knowledge of HTML and CSS will be useful.

 

Photography/Video Production Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for a technology savvy individual with strong interest in photography and video production to assist with documenting gallery events, generate promotional photo and video materials and photograph artworks (photo/video camera provided by the gallery).

Tasks:

  • Responsible for documenting gallery events; capturing the general atmosphere, artwork on display and experiences and emotions of artists and visitors in high quality photos and video
  • In charge of producing high quality photo and video final products to assist in promoting the gallery and its programs
  • Will assist curator and curatorial intern with planning and executing artist interviews
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements:

  • Some previous experience with using SLR/DSLR cameras required.
  • Must be technologically savvy and eager to learn
  • Adobe Photoshop proficiency is a must. Some Adobe Light Room experience is a plus (software and additional tutorials will be provided by the gallery).
  • Must have experience in using video editing software like iMovie or Adobe Premiere.
  • The availability of a portfolio of previously done work will strongly influence our final decision.

 

Curatorial Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for a curatorial intern to assist in the production of new commissions, exhibitions, and development of electronic and printed publications; as well as conduct curatorial research, and assist with the planning of current and upcoming program initiatives. The right match for this position will be a highly motivated, intelligent individual with strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, ability to manage time efficiently, and handle several projects simultaneously. A professional phone manner, a sense of humor, and an interest and/or knowledge of contemporary art and its concepts are also important.

General Tasks:

  • Responsible for the development of press releases and other written documents
  • Work with the Photography/Video Production intern to plan and execute professional artist interviews
  • Research and suggest new artists and exhibition ideas
  • Assist in the coordination of special events, such as opening receptions, Public Programs, and Class visits
  • Collaborate with the development intern on grant writing and securing sponsorships
  • Assist in finding and booking performers for our multi-disciplinary events (musicians, poets, dancers, actors, comedians, etc.)
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements:

  • Strong oral, written, organizational, and inter-personal communications skills
  • Ability to manage time efficiently
  • Knowledge of classical and contemporary art and its concepts
  • Skilled in doing research, creating bibliographies, and writing letters
  • Computer proficiency is a must, particularly experience with Microsoft Office; Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is a plus

 

Program Development Internship

The Alfa Art Gallery is looking for a highly motivated individual to assist with the organization’s numerous development projects. This is a great opportunity for those interested in arts administration, grant writing and special events.

Tasks:

  • Take the lead in the planning and organizing of fundraisers and other special events
  • Assist curator in preparing grant applications and searching for additional funding opportunities
  • Establish a relationship with local businesses and work closely with them to secure sponsorships for our events
  • Work with schools, retirement homes, etc to set up visits, lectures and more
  • Promote the gallery’s facilities rental program

Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must
  • Ability to manage time efficiently
  • Computer literacy is a must, particularly experience with Microsoft Office; 
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