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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.

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Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant

UPDATED: 4/10/17

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is seeking a contract-based Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant to assist, from conception to production, with the communications, print and online collateral, and event design of PICA’s programs. Position primarily functions as a design position, but provides essential support to PICA’s Communications Director.

Job Responsibilities and Functions
: • Maintain PICA’s institutional presence as a leader in contemporary visual and performing art through refined and innovative design and branding.
• Design print and online advertising for year-round artistic programs.
• Maintain institutional branding and design standards, including logo design, identity materials, and general brochures.
• Produce Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival guidebook and performance programs.
• Assist with organized content management. • Create signage and other environmental designs and event decorations.
• Coordinate printing bids for cost effective production of printed materials.
• Assist with web site maintance and image production for website and email communications
• Produce additional printed or web collateral as needed.
• Assist with photo, video, and printed material archives and documentation requests.
• Assist Communicatons Director with miscellaneous design and communications related tasks.• Work alongside all PICA staff as needed, on other duties including, but not limited to: event staffing, general errands, and venue load-in/load-out.

Required Skills: 
Strong graphic design and branding capabilities required. Applicants should have experience with all stages of design, from conception to production, and be comfortable coordinating with printers on all of the technical aspects of realizing a finished piece. Ideal candidate will have hands-on production experience and a mind for creative, affordable solutions. Ability and interest in web design and video basic editing. Applicants should be articulate communicators with an interest in working as part of a small team of individuals dedicated to contemporary art. Knowledge of contemporary art and current art and design trends is important, as this position must be able to effectively understand represent PICA and our programs within the field.

Status: Contract-based immediately through October 15th with the possibility of full-time employment at the end of the contract-term, average of 40 hours a week. Competitive salary commensurate with experience; no benefits.

Reports to: Communications Director

Applications: Please send a cover letter, resume, and online or PDF portfolio to: Kirsten Saladow, Communications Director at [email protected].

Deadline: 5/1/17

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.


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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 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 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.

PICA’s internship program runs seasonally. For general questions, please email Roya Amirsoleymani, Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected].

PERFORMING ARTS INTERN (1-2 positions available)

Overview: Performing Arts summer interns assist with various aspects of performing arts administration and production for PICA’s 15th-annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), September 7 – 17, 2017. Performing Arts internships place emphasis on research and organization, project support, administration, and artist relations. It is recommended that interns take 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 local participants to work with artists on community projects; assist with welcoming, hosting, transporting visiting national/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, ideally mid- to late June.

End Date: September 17 or later (must be able to work some hours during the TBA Festival, Sept. 8-18)

Hours: Flexible; min. 16 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 May 1, 2016. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERNS (2)

Overview: Community Engagement summer interns support the Community Engagement Director with projects and initiatives in educational and public programs; community and youth partnerships and outreach; and diversification and expansion of local audiences for the 15th-annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), which this year runs September 7-17, 2017. Interns must be available in August and September to support production of the TBA Festival.

Responsibilities: Tasks might include: contributing to a TBA community outreach plan; 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, including grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, artist collectives, and academic institutions; 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 LGBTQ diversity among audiences; some administrative support and data entry corresponding to 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 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 appreciation and understanding of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: By or around mid-June

End Date: September 17 or later

Hours: 16+ hours per week depending on availability; flexible schedule. It is highly recommended that interns preserve time in their schedule and the majority of their availability for the TBA Festival and its lead-up period (mid-August to mid-September).

Application: Email a resume and cover letter to Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Director, at [email protected] by May 1, 2017. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

MARKETING INTERNS (1-2)

Overview: Marketing summer interns support the Communications Director with projects and initiatives in marketing TBA performances, visual art, and THE WORKS; community and group sales outreach; and expansion of local audiences for the 15th-annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), which this year runs September 7-17, 2017. Interns must be available in August and September to support production of the TBA Festival.

Responsibilities: Tasks might include: contributing to a TBA marketing plan; building calendars and timelines for marketing initiatives, and helping to coordinate and execute such programs; researching, identifying, and initiating communication with potential new marketing partners, including grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, artist collectives, and academic institutions; drafting copy for advertisements; creating discount codes for community groups and partner organizations in our database (training provided); drafting content for partner organizations to cross-promote TBA; writing email newsletters; writing copy for marketing materials; some social media strategy and support; set-up and break-down of influencer events; distribution of marketing materials; some administrative support and data entry corresponding to 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 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 marketing, arts programming, and administration, public engagement in the arts, arts education, or nonprofit management. An appreciation and understanding of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: By or around mid-June

End Date: September 17 or later

Hours: 16+ hours per week depending on availability; flexible schedule. It is highly recommended that interns preserve time in their schedule and the majority of their availability for the TBA Festival and its lead-up period (mid-August to mid-September).

Application: Email a resume and cover letter to Kirsten Saladow, Communications Director, at [email protected] by May 1, 2017. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN (1)

Overview: Public relations summer intern supports the Communications Director with projects and initiatives in media relations for both PICA and TBA; writing press releases about TBA performances, visual art, and THE WORKS; and expansion of local audiences for the 15th-annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), which this year runs September 7-17, 2017. Interns must be available in August and September to support production of the TBA Festival.

Responsibilities: Tasks might include: contributing to a TBA press plan plan; building calendars and timelines for media pitches, reaching out to local, regional, and national journalists; writing press releases, editing marketing materials; drafting copy for advertisements; writing email newsletters; creating media lists from Cision (training provided); planning and helping execute press events; writing pitches to local, regional, and national journalists; working with marketing interns and Communications Director to write copy for marketing materials; some social media strategy and support; set-up and break-down of influencer events; scheduling media interviews with artists, PICA staff, and press; writing talking points for interviews; research; distribution of marketing materials;some administrative support and data entry corresponding to 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 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 public relations or journalism. An appreciation and understanding of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: By or around mid-June

End Date: September 17 or later

Hours: 16+ hours per week depending on availability; flexible schedule. It is highly recommended that interns preserve time in their schedule and the majority of their availability for the TBA Festival and its lead-up period (mid-August to mid-September).

Application: Email a resume and cover letter to Kirsten Saladow, Communications Director, at [email protected] by May 1, 2017. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN (1)

Overview: Graphic design summer intern supports the Communications Director and Graphic Designer with graphic design and production for PICA and TBA; working with Graphic Designer to maintain PICA’s institutional presence as a leader in contemporary visual and performing art through refined and innovative design and branding.

Responsibilities: Tasks might include: Maintain institutional branding and design standards; Help proof-read and produce Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival guidebook and performance programs; assist with layout on printed materials in InDesign; edit photos in Photoshop; help maintain and organize PICA’s digital and printed archive; work with various printers in town and attend press checks; assist with some light website maintenance; prepare and hang wayfinding signage at event venues; help set production timelines and produce printed materials; help create a distribution strategy and contribute to distribution efforts; some administrative support and data entry corresponding to above; work alongside all PICA staff as needed, on other duties including, but not limited to: event staffing, general errands, and venue load-in/load-out. 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 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; Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) social media; familiarity with WordPress platforms; 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 graphic design. An appreciation and understanding of contemporary art is expected.

Start Date: By or around mid-June

End Date: September 17 or later

Hours: 16+ hours per week depending on availability; flexible schedule. It is highly recommended that interns preserve time in their schedule and the majority of their availability for the TBA Festival and its lead-up period (mid-August to mid-September).

Application: Email a resume and cover letter to Kirsten Saladow, Communications Director, at [email protected] by May 1, 2017. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.