Fall 2021 Community Arts & Development Internship

  • Internship

Fall 2021 Community Arts & Development Internship


Application Due: Monday, August 2, 2021
Length of Internship: Weeks of August 30 - December 17, 2021

Must be available on the evening of Saturday, October 9th, 2021 for the 2021 Monster Drawing Rally


The Community Arts & Development Intern assists in coordinating all aspects of our annual fundraiser, the Monster Drawing Rally, including: digital content management, database management, artist coordination, volunteer coordination, and donor fulfillment. Responsibilities of the Community Arts & Development Intern will include collecting and organizing information for the online webstore; sending out event postings and calendar listings; uploading photos and text to the SoEx website; supporting the in-person event (pending SF health and safety guidelines); and data entry.

The Community Arts & Development Intern will help with a number of vital tasks for our Fall Fundraiser: Monster Drawing Rally (MDR) 2021. This event pulls together over 100 Bay Area artists in a live drawing race against the clock, producing unique art immediately available at affordable prices. This will be our first-ever hybrid online and in-person MDR, and we are so excited to present this event to our community! 

Skills needed for this position are: excellent organization, the ability to work under pressure, a general appreciation for contemporary art, and proficiency with Zoom, Gmail, Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign/Photoshop, Facebook, and Instagram. You, ideally, are self-motivated, have great communication skills, and have a love for art and local artists. HTML knowledge is a plus.  As a major component of this internship is our 2021 Monster Drawing Rally, candidates must be available the afternoon and evening of Saturday, October 9th, 2021, to be considered for this internship. 

In addition to receiving a modest stipend, there is also ample opportunity to learn the ins and outs of grassroots fundraising and development, and learn about the many moving parts of hosting a rigorous fundraising event. 

About Southern Exposure:

Southern Exposure (SoEx) is a 47-year-old artist-centered nonprofit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.

The principles of Southern Exposure’s internship program are to:

  • Provide interns with professional experience in arts administration
  • Prepare interns for, and connect them with, further opportunities within the arts, especially paid positions and leadership roles
  • Actively seek out communities and experiences that are underrepresented in arts administration
  • Build nurturing relationships that share knowledge in omnidirectional ways between interns, staff and other SoEx community members

All interns should be interested in working in a nonprofit arts environment, possess a commitment to equity in the arts, and have computer skills. Due to COVID-19, our staff  is currently working from home, and candidates should be prepared to work from home on their own computer (if this presents a barrier to your participation, we will work to arrange the temporary loan of a laptop)  and in our San Francisco Mission District gallery.

Skills Needed

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to self-direct and follow through with long-term projects; 
  • Knowledge of contemporary artistic practices; 
  • Working knowledge of Apple computers and Gmail. Experience with Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, InDesign/Photoshop, Facebook, and Instagram is helpful.

Compensation and Expections:

We can offer a $1,125 stipend per intern for the duration of the internship. We are happy to partner with schools and community organizations to provide further stipends or course credit. We are dedicated to providing professional development toward our interns goals. Interns are expected to work 8-12 hours per week across 2 days each week (exact schedule to be determined in coordination with the successful candidate). Some evenings and weekends may be required. Desired start date: Monday, August 30th, 2021

Expected Duties

  • Proofreading: Coordinate and proofread artist bios and artwork descriptions
  • Artist communication: Collect artist W-9s, confirm addresses, send event information, etc.
  • Webstore support:  Coordinate collection of and uploading photos to online shop and gallery
  • Website Support: Support Development Coordinator with website development and design
  • Volunteer Coordination:
    • Create calls for volunteers
    • Manage volunteer duties
  • Event Support: Support the live event on October 9, 2021
  • Post MDR Thank You’s + Data Management:
    • Documenting 2021 unsold drawings and filing for next year
    • Supporting acknowledgements for 2021 donations
  • Shipping and Fulfillment:
    • Coordinate MDR 2020 Inventor
  • Administrative Tasks:
    • Database administrator for Civi, our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
    • Data management in Google Sheets

Application Instructions:
Please send a current résumé that reflects any relevant experience and skills, along with two professional references (contact information only, no reference letters required) and a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position and what you hope to gain as an intern to [email protected]. Please apply by Monday, August 2nd, 2021 for full consideration.