Please read below for employment and internship opportunities or visit our Volunteer page to get involved with our events.


TBA Central Box Office Assistant

Overview: PICA seeks a team of box office assistants to support TBA pass and ticket sales. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting with all ticket sales, reports, memberships and merchandise sales; assisting with preparation of sponsor and front-of-house packets; providing quality customer service; and working with volunteers to provide information about the festival and trouble-shoot as needed.

Qualifications: Must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills. Previous ticketing or box office experience is preferred. Ideal candidates will be available for both day and evening shifts.

Dates:  August 10 – September 20th

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] by August 5th

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) seeks an experienced part time accountant.

Part Time: Due to PICA’s programming format the job is full time in the fall and part time spring and summer. Hours are flexible except during the TBA Festival (September) and year-end close and audit prep. Audit prep is beginning of the year.

Compensation: $26-$30k/yr. commensurate with experience based on average 30 hours/week.

Job Summary:  Under the general direction of the Finance Manager, the accountant performs a variety of complex tasks in general areas of accounting and administration. The Accountant is a critical player in managing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash Balances and Expense Budgets.

The successful candidate will be passionate about PICA’s mission, program, and artists. They will be hands-on, detail-oriented, a quick-learner, a wizard with data, and thrive in a fast-paced and fluid environment.


  • Accounting degree or equivalent experience.
  • 1–3 years professional experience.
  • Experience with any two accounting systems.
  • Familiarity with project and fund accounting.
  • Familiarity with restricted and unrestricted income and fund tracking.
  • Strong administrative and data skills with Microsoft Excel, Word.
  • Experience with Salesforce, ticketing systems and databases is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to set priorities, with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced and rapidly-changing environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of PICA.

Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]. 




Overview: Performing Arts interns assist with various aspects of performing arts administration for PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), September 10 – 20, 2015. Performing Arts internships place emphasis on research and organization, project support, and artist relations. Up to three (3) candidates will be selected for Performing Arts internships.

Responsibilities: Research and compile information on festival artists and projects; research and edit visiting artists’ guide to Portland; assist with contracting and scheduling artists’ travel and housing; source materials and/or locations for festival projects; recruit and organize community participants to work with artists on specific projects; assist with welcoming, hosting, and transporting visiting national and international artists.

Qualifications: Interns must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent written and oral communication and strong interpersonal skills. Sensitivity to and appreciation of diverse cultures, customs, and languages a must. Must be comfortable working with Apple computers; Google Drive applications; social media; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and basic internet research skills. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background or professional interest in theatre, dance, music, film, event/festival management, and/or arts administration. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Date: Flexible, between mid-June and mid-July.

End Date: September 21 or later (must be available during TBA Festival, Sept. 10-20, 2015)

Hours: Flexible; min. 20 hours/week to start, increasing closer to and during TBA Festival

To Apply: Open until filled. Email [email protected] with resume and cover letter. 


Overview: Summer development interns assist with various aspects of administration, donor relations, and special event coordination, primarily in support of the annual Time-Based Art Festival, September 10-20, 2015.


Special Event Intern – Assist with summer events and fundraising efforts, including related administrative and communications tasks, in-kind donation processing, and event coordination for TBA:15 previews, TBA:15 Opening Night Dinner, and fall fundraisers.

Qualifications: Interns must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfort working with Apple computers; Google Drive applications; and Microsoft Word and Excel is required, as are basic internet research skills. Some experience with a donor management program/database is preferred, but not required. Development interns will be trained in basic functions of our data system. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background and professional interest in art, arts administration, nonprofit management, fundraising, and/or event management. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Dates: Begin immediately / End Sept 30th with opportunity to extend through December 2015

Hours: 6-8 hours per week; flexible schedule

Deadline: Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

PICA internships are unpaid, but we are happy to arrange for academic credit as well as benefits associated with the next TBA Festival (September 2015).


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 unpaidInterns 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, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].