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

PICA internships are unpaid, but we are happy to arrange for academic credit and contracts as well as benefits associated with the next TBA Festival (September 2016).

TBA Box Office Manager

PICA seeks an experienced box office manager to support ticketing services at for PICA’s 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up and maintaining ticketing system, recruiting and hiring box office associate, developing training materials, day-to-day management of box office operations, and regular reporting and reconciliation.

Qualifications

  • Must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Previous box office experience required.
  • Experience using Salesforce and working in a festival environment preferred.

Dates

June 1 – September 23

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] by May 1


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INTERNSHIPS

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 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].

Resource Room Intern (Seeking 2–3)

Resource Room Interns assist staff in managing PICA’s Resource Room library, 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, data entry, labeling, and shelving. RR interns will also create visibility and access to the collection through web and social media; solicit donations of new acquisitions and periodicals subscriptions; research grant opportunities; and enhance public access to and visitor experience of the RR space. Interns interested in archival access may have the opportunity to assist with preservation projects in connection with PICA’s audio-visual archive. While desirable, specialized library or archiving experience or credentials are not required—training will be provided.

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to take direction as well as initiative, and to work well independently.
  • Comfortable with Mac computers.
  • Basic understanding of digital photography, Photoshop, and simple video editing is helpful if A/V archival projects are of interest to the applicant
  • Ideal candidates will be comfortable with library cataloging systems and basic archival handling.
  • An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Dates

Openings available immediately.

Hours

8-12 hrs/week and as needed; flexible schedule.

Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Monday, April 18.

PERFORMING ARTS INTERN (2-3)

Performing Arts interns assist with various aspects of performing arts administration for PICA’s 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival, September 8 – 18, 2016. Performing Arts internships place emphasis on research and organization, project support, and artist relations. It is highly recommended that interns make as much time as possible to working during the TBA Festival itself, as all summer projects and activity in advance of September will be in service of TBA.

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. Ability to work well in collaborative and team settings is crucial. Should be social and open, eager to converse and engage with artists, volunteers, and staff. Must be comfortable working with Mac 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, and a desire to connect directly with artists from around the world.

Start Date: Flexible, mid- to late June.
End Date: September 18 or later (must be able to work some hours during the TBA Festival, Sept. 8-18)
Hours: Flexible; min. 20 hours/week to start, increasing closer to and during TBA Festival
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Director, at [email protected] by April 18, 2016.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERNS (2)

Assists Community Engagement Manager with projects and initiatives that support the design and delivery of educational and public programs; that help to build and sustain community and youth outreach and partnerships; and that seek to expand and diversify local audiences for the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival, which this year runs September 8-18, 2016.

Responsibilities

Tasks might include: contributing to the development of a 2016 community outreach and engagement plan, including for TBA; building calendars and timelines for public, educational, and audience engagement programs, and helping to coordinate and execute such programs; researching, identifying, and initiating communication with potential new community partners; assisting with meetings and presentations with a range of community partners, including grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, artist collectives, and academic institutions/departments; tracking communications and follow-up with partners using PICA’s contact database (training provided); helping to research and implement publicity and outreach efforts via traditional, digital, and social media that support geographical, racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual diversity among audiences; some administrative support and data entry corresponding to the above. PICA is open to discussing ideas for individual projects tailored to specific interests and learning goals.

Qualifications

Must be highly organized, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Sensitivity to and appreciation of diverse cultures and identities is a must. Ability to work well in collaborative and team settings is crucial. Comfort working with Mac OS or PC; Google Drive applications; social media; and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, as are basic internet research skills. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background and professional interest in arts programming and administration, public and community engagement in the arts, arts education, or nonprofit management. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: By or around mid-June 2015
End Date: Between September 8-18, 2016
Hours: 8-20 hours per week depending on availability; flexible schedule.
Application: Email a resume and cover letter to Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected] by April 18, 2016.

DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Support PICA’s Development staff with various aspects of administration, donor relations, corporate sponsorship, and special event coordination.

Responsibilities

Assist with administrative and communications tasks related to individual giving, donor relations and cultivation, corporate sponsorship, board relations, and patron services, including acknowledgement, recognition, and reconciliation. This position will also provide support for special events and fundraisers, including planning, preparation, in-kind donation procurement and acknowledgement, and volunteer coordination.

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.

Start Date: Flexible in June 2016
End Date: After September 18, 2016
Hours: 8-16 hours per week; flexible schedule
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by April 18, 2016

TBA FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE INTERN

Support PICA’s Development and Time-Based Art Festival Box Office Manager with various aspects of administration, customer service, reporting, and reconciliation.

Responsibilities

Assist with administrative tasks related to ticketing system set-up and maintenance. This position will also provide customer and tech support, as well as physical Box Office set up and tear down.

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 Salesforce or ticketing is preferred. The Box Office intern will be trained in basic functions of our data system. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Dates: Begin May/June 2016 / End September 2016
Hours: 8-16 hours per week; flexible schedule
Deadline: Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 1, 2015.

PICA internships are unpaid, but we are happy to arrange for academic credit and contracts as well as benefits associated with the next TBA Festival (September 2016).

MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Support PICA’s Marketing staff with various aspects of administration, archive, writing, and special event coordination.

Responsibilities

Assist with administrative and communications tasks related to email newsletters, updating PICA’s media archive, website updates, and design input. This position will also provide support for special events and fundraisers, including planning, preparation, and volunteer coordination.

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. Familiarity with WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is required. Marketing 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 marketing, nonprofit management, and/or event management. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: Flexible in June 2016
End Date: After September 18, 2016
Hours: 8-16 hours per week; flexible schedule
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 6, 2016

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN

Support PICA’s Communications staff with various aspects of administration, press release writing, pitch writing, archiving media clips, and updating media databases.

Responsibilities

Assist with administrative and communications tasks related to working with media, writing press releases, writing media pitches, updating PICA’s media archive, website updates, and design input. Some event coordination will be required.

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. Familiarity with WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is required. This internship is ideal for those with an academic background and professional interest in public relations and/or journalism. An understanding and appreciation of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: Flexible in May 2016
End Date: After September 18, 2016
Hours: 8-16 hours per week; flexible schedule
To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 6, 2016