Please read below for employment and internship opportunities or visit our Volunteer page to get involved with our events. PICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. PICA values perspectives, voices, and insights from people of diverse cultural backgrounds. PICA is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and we strongly encourage applications from LGBTQ and people of color candidates. Individuals with disabilities and veterans are also encouraged to apply.
For information about internship opportunities with PICA, please scroll to the bottom of the page. Please note: PICA internships are unpaid, but we are happy to arrange for academic credit and contracts as well as benefits associated our annual TBA Festival, occurring each year during early September.
About Interning with PICA
Are you a current student seeking professional experience with a nonprofit arts organization? Starting a new career in arts management and administration? Our interns work closely with PICA staff on all aspects of programming and operations, contributing to our small team while gaining an insider’s perspective on everything from marketing to development to curation.
We expect each intern to identify and carry out independent projects in addition to assisting staff with general duties. All interns are expected to demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of contemporary art.
PICA internships are unpaid. Interns receive a PICA membership and free admission to programs and special events. While PICA cannot provide housing, travel, or monetary compensation for interns, we are happy to work with your educational institution to arrange for course credit.
PICA’s internship program runs seasonally. For general questions, please email Roya Amirsoleymani, Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected].
2017 RESOURCE ROOM INTERN
3-4 positions available
Assist staff in managing PICA’s Resource Room, a distinctive collection of books, periodicals, and other publications on contemporary art and performance, as well as video recordings of past PICA performances. The RR book collection is currently being re-cataloged according to the Library of Congress system, a project that requires substantial intern support with inventorying, labeling, shelving, and data entry using the online system Libib (training provided).
Interns also have the option of helping to research grant opportunities for the Resource Room’s collection and programs; solicit donations and new acquisitions of books and periodicals through publishing sources; and work on projects that help to enhance the public visibility of and access to the collection through web and social media. Interns interested in archival access may have the opportunity to assist with preservation projects in connection with PICA’s audiovisual archive. Some RR programming may also require assistance. While desirable, specialized library or archiving experience or credentials are not required–basic training will be provided.
This position is the best fit for someone who is passionate about contemporary art publications and special collections; is self-directed, meticulous, focused, and detail-oriented; is comfortable working independently; and is open to a high degree of data entry and administrative tasks in addition to program assistance and other projects.
Qualifications: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to take initiative and work well independently. Adaptable and flexible. Comfortable with Mac computers and and basic data entry. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with library cataloging systems and basic archival handling (though not required). Basic understanding of digital photography, Photoshop, and simple video editing is helpful if A/V archival projects are of interest to the applicant. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected. Open to current undergraduate or graduate students, or those no longer in school.
Dates: Openings available immediately and on a rolling basis until filled.
Hours: Minimum 6-8 hrs per week for three months. Flexible schedule but must be available on weekdays during business hours.
Credit: This internship is unpaid, but for those seeking academic credit, we are happy to produce evaluations, sign contracts, or produce any other paperwork needed by your school in order for you to earn credit.
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected].