The Schuylkill Center’s Environmental Art Internship
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, an urban environmental education center in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, seeks an intern to support the Environmental Art Department’s exhibition program.
The intern will spend their time in the Environmental Art department, offering a range of exposure and experience to a motivated and engaged person. The intern will gain a keen education in visual arts administration, the field of environmental art, and the power of art to connect people with nature and educate on environmental topics. The intern will work closely with staff in the environmental art department on projects related to their ongoing exhibition program and innovative LandLab residency program. This is an excellent position to gain foundational office and research skills within a dynamic, unique, and successful non-profit organization.
Internship responsibilities will include assisting with:
● Exhibition preparation and maintenance in the gallery and on the trails;
● Development and management of social media content (Facebook and Instagram) and other digital communications (WordPress-based blog, MailChimp, etc.);
● Development of design materials, such as signage, postcards, exhibition catalogs, etc.;
● Exhibition, program, and event planning and research, including investigation of possible themes, artists, topics, audiences, and partnering organizations for future exhibitions and connections to other Schuylkill Center education programs;
● Written and spoken communication with outside organizations and businesses to support strategic partnerships across environmental and arts organizations in Philadelphia.
In addition to day-to-day operations, the intern is invited to participate in and assist with events, many scheduled on evenings and weekends.
The internship runs from May – August 2020, with some flexibility on start and end dates. It is part-time (16-30 hours per week), and it is tailored to the intern’s schedule. A $100/month stipend is offered. Exact timelines are, of course, uncertain due to COVID-19.
Both students and graduates are encouraged to apply. The Schuylkill Center is happy to support interns receiving course credit for their work at the Schuylkill Center, within the requirements of the intern’s enrolled university.
A big-picture, creative, and integrative mindset and an ability to work on diverse tasks are critical to this internship. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential; an interest in exhibition programming, environmental art, environmental science, and/or environmental education and an innovative, problem-solving mindset are preferred. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
Applicants must be reliable with a positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Limited weekend and evening availability is preferred but not required. Please note that the Schuylkill Center is not easily accessed via public transportation from many areas.
Please send a cover letter, a current resume, and two references with email addresses and phone numbers. Please email these materials to Liz Jelsomine, Exhibitions Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include “2020 Summer Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Learn more about The Schuylkill Center’s Art Program on their website.