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, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected].
Communications Archive Intern
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) seeks a communications intern with an interest in cataloging and publishing our institutional marketing material on our website, pica.org.
This position will work directly with the Marketing and Communications archive, which is comprised of a collection of printed and digital promotional and didactic materials dating to the organization’s founding in 1995. The communications archive intern will be responsible for organizing and digitizing materials for public use under the supervision of the Marketing and Communications department.
This internship’s core responsibility will be to work with the Marketing Director and Graphic Designer to improve access to PICA’s program archive through the pica.org Calendar and Artist Index, as well as PICA’s photo documentation archive on Flickr. The central project this position would be engaged with would be to assist in documenting every public presentation PICA has hosted on pica.org, including press releases, playbills, promotional photography, and linked documentation photography from our Flickr albums.
While much of our collection already exists in a digital form, at least some part does not. Part of the responsibility of the Communications Archiving intern will be to scan and/or transcribe these items while taking care with the condition and order of our Marketing and Communications archive. In some cases, the intern may also be asked to convert older document formats to new open-source document formats for preservation and reference; PICA will provide software and training for performing these conversions.
Candidates must be organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess basic internet research skills. Some training will be provided to assist in completing the project.
Ideal candidates will have experience and interest working with:
- Archival material in digital and print forms, including images and printed materials
- Digital scanners and scanning software (Adobe Acrobat; Image Capture)
- macOS-based computers
- HTML and CSS
Applicants should be able to cross-reference materials, research across the archive, and infer meaning from sometimes contradictory records.
Hardware (an iMac and scanner) and software (Adobe Acrobat) will be provided to aid this role; interns are welcome to bring their own laptop, however, if they so choose.
The applicant should be a proficient and fast typist; in some cases, materials will need to be required to be transcribed by hand.
Training will be provided as part of the internship for how to enter information onto the site, as well as how to navigate the various parts of the print and digital archive.
Previous experience working with the WordPress platform, which runs PICA.org, is not required, but would be beneficial.
The application will be open until the internship is filled. An ideal timeline for the project would be between three and four months, between 8 and 20 hours per week depending on flexibility.
Email a resumé and cover letter to Sean Schumacher, Graphic Designer, at [email protected].