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Internship Opportunities

The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking qualified interns for volunteer positions in a variety of areas. Internships offer firsthand experience in the day-to-day operation of a state arts agency. Graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, retirees, and individuals returning to the workforce are encouraged to apply. These part-time, unpaid internships are available throughout the year; students can often arrange to receive academic credit for internship hours.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that promotes the quality of life in Minnesota by making the arts accessible to all citizens, nurturing creative activities, encouraging the development of innovative forms of artistic expression, and preserving the diverse artistic heritage of the people.

Grants Programs

Program officers administer Arts Board grant programs and provide resources and assistance. Assisting the program officers will offer interns valuable experience in grant administration. Interns assist with review of grant applications from Minnesota artists, schools, and arts organizations. Interns may help organize grant applications, schedule and confirm performance and office site visits, panel meetings for review of grant applications, and grant application workshops. Grant program internships require professionalism, good interpersonal skills, word processing skills, and research skills. Hours are flexible, from 15 to 20 hours per week. Grant Programs areas include:

  • Individual Artist Grants
  • Organizational Grants
  • Program Development and Implementation
  • Grants and Information Systems Office
    This position assists in the preparation of materials for the staff and panel review of grant applications, quality control checks of computerized records, preparation of grant award packets, and preparation of research and statistical information. Attention to detail and ability to work independently are critical. Experience in Microsoft Access database and Excel spreadsheet software extremely helpful. Requires a from one to three month commitment. Hours are flexible, from15 to 20 hours per week.

Percent for Art in Public Places

Percent for Art interns maintain the artist registry, which includes slides, digital images, and materials from more than 900 artists. Interns may be asked to organize documentation of completed Percent for Art projects, assemble Percent for Art committee meeting materials, attend and take notes at committee meetings, and support follow-up to Percent for Art sites and artists. Necessary assets include attention to detail and ability to work independently. Background or interest in the visual arts is required. Hours are flexible, approximately eight hours per week.

Percent for Art interns handle maintenance of the registry, featuring slides and materials from more than 900 artists, and organize slides of completed projects. Necessary assets include attention to detail and ability to work independently. Background or interest in the arts is helpful. Hours are flexible, approximately eight hours per week.

Read more about the Percent for Art here.

Communications Office

Interns can gain experience in agency communications activities; internships can be tailored to individual’s communications interests. Activities may include writing and editing articles for Arts Board publications; assisting with graphic design or photography; assisting with production and distribution of publications; helping to plan and implement promotional strategies for Arts Board events; writing and distributing media releases; tracking and analyzing Arts Board media coverage; developing and implementing public relations/constituent relations projects. Experience with MS Word, Pagemaker, and PhotoShop is helpful, but not required. Hours are flexible, from 10 to 20 hours per week.

Internship Information and Application
For more information contact the Arts Board.
To apply for an internship, complete the online Internship Application form

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