Internship Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

AAC does not have any employment opportunities at this time. Please continue to check with us in the future, and review the internship and volunteer opportunities below.


Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in getting more involved with AAC? It takes many hands to schedule special programs, run classes for adults and children, coordinate eight galleries, and manage a busy administrative office, so we are often looking for help from volunteers and interns.

To volunteer, please fill out this form and send it via email to information@arlingtonartscenter.org telling us what your interests are and what sort of availability you have.


Classroom Assistants

Throughout the year, AAC welcomes volunteers who are interested in working in our classrooms as instructors’ aides. Volunteers assist with classroom preparation and cleanup, art projects, and the supervision of students during lunch and other breaks. Classroom Assistant Volunteers are needed weekday afternoons during the school year and throughout the day during APS’ spring and summer breaks.

To apply, please send a statement of interest to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Classroom Assistant Volunteer” in the subject line. Applicants must be 14 years or older.


Internships

The AAC internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working at one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area. Under the guidance of AAC staff, interns assist in dynamic work assignments that range from special projects and research to administrative support.

Internships generally require a commitment of 15-20 hours per week and are typically a semester in length with the opportunity to continue work as appropriate. A major in art history or fine art is not required. All internships are unpaid.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Development
Undergraduate and Graduate Students: The Development Intern will work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of development and fundraising for a non-profit arts organization. Tasks include assisting with membership development and modeling, research, donor relations, database management and building out additional database protocols, and event coordination. This person will assist in fundraising efforts through grants activities, events, PR and social media. The person should have an interest in non profit management and the arts community.

Projects include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the success of AAC fundraising/donor events by helping with a variety of tasks, such as: soliciting donations and/or auction items, working with vendors, writing letters, and assisting with day of logistics.
  • Database management: create and ensure accuracy of AAC’s grant opportunities, donor records and giving history, membership development, database protocols, and ongoing reporting needs.
  • Conduct research for new grant opportunities and new outlets for donations.
  • Mail-merge mass communications and prepare letters and packets to mail.
  • Assemble and keep up-to-date AAC donor and membership outreach materials.
  • Write small grants, press releases, and information on upcoming events.
  • Complete other duties as requested.

AAC seeks an intern who approaches work strategically and is able to manage projects independently. The Development Intern must have strong written communication skills and experience with membership development, donor database management, and fundraising processes.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Development Intern” in the subject line.


Marketing

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: The Marketing Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and the Marketing Manager on all aspects of marketing for a non-profit arts organization. Tasks include a variety of marketing and communications related needs, to include: assisting with writing, editing, and proofreading; exploring marketing strategies for center; updating and managing social networking sites; building media kits; assisting in updating content on the AAC website; draft and distribute monthly information to AAC audiences; occasionally assist with filming and photography of AAC events; membership outreach, research, strategic development, and daily operations. AAC seeks an intern who approaches work strategically and creatively, is able to manage projects independently and can provide a high-level of support. The Marketing Intern must have strong written communication skills and experience with social media platforms. A background in journalism, public relations, communications, or marketing is preferred. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Development and Marketing Intern” in the subject line.


Curatorial & Exhibitions

Graduate and Undergraduate Students: The Curatorial & Exhibitions Interns will assist with most aspects of the exhibitions program: registering images and works of art, creating signage and pedagogical text, and assisting with the installation and de-installation of the galleries. Other tasks may include writing press releases and coordinating gallery talks and other public programs. The intern must have strong oral and written communication skills, familiarity with hand tools, and knowledge of graphics and word processing programs. The intern should be able to work well independently and collaboratively. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Curatorial/Exhibitions Intern” in the subject line.


Education

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Under the supervision and training of the Education & Outreach Manager, the Education Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of AAC’s art classes and workshops for children, teens, and adults. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: maintaining the organization of classrooms, purchasing art supplies, reviewing class content, registering students for classes, preparing attendance sheets, and assisting in the classrooms. This internship typically comprises at least one semester. This position requires excellent organizational skills and an eye for details; ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment; handle multiple tasks at once; adhere to deadlines; a keen interest in art education is required. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Education Intern” in the subject line.


Special Events/Media Documentation

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Throughout the year, AAC offers several events that are open to the public as well as closed ticketed events. The Special Events/Media Documentation Intern works with the Marketing Coordinator and Exhibitions Coordinator primarily on assistance with event logistics by interacting with departments throughout the center, external vendors, and clients. The Special Events/Media Documentation Intern will also assist with documenting special events via video and photography, as well as other assistance in creative projects for the center. Applicants with event coordination experience, familiarity with video editing software and graphic design, and photography skills are preferred. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to build their portfolio as well as those who are interested in building their event management skill set. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Special Events/Media Documentation Intern” in the subject line.


Graphic Design

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: The Graphic Design Intern assists in developing and producing promotional materials for exhibitions, membership development, classes, and other programs. The Graphic Design Intern works with the AAC staff on a variety of needs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to creation of postcards and flyers as well as digital materials; artwork customization as well as support in marketing materials; management of different file formats, printing specifications, and image resolutions. The Graphic Design Intern will need a good work ethic to meet the demands of a fast-paced work environment. Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail; excellent proofreading skills; ability to create materials in a timely manner; ability to work in teams and stay on task without supervision; experience in print and electronic production; and proficiency in graphic design software. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to build their portfolio as well as gain experience in a dynamic work environment.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to information@arlingtonartscenter.org with “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. Please submit a PDF portfolio with at least two examples of your work with your application.