Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, The Menil Collection, Houston, photo by J. Griffis Smith/TxDOT


Internships are a key component of our work – both to extend our reach and capacity and to afford learning opportunities for students particularly interested in learning how to develop and galvanize community support for the arts. Internship projects take students directly into the process of program research and development and implementation.

The Texans for the Arts Intern will report to Executive Director Ann Graham and Assistant to the Executive Director Chris Kiley. While TFA is headquartered in Austin, Texas, most work will be conducted via internet and phone, so long-distance applicants may be considered.

To apply, please email Ann Graham at info@texansforthearts.com with a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to intern with Texans for the Arts and detailing any relevant experience.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week (flexible)

Responsibilities are subject to change based on the needs of the organization, but may include:

  • Planning, executing and evaluating Arts Advocacy Day, an Austin-based day-long event that mobilizes community members and legislators to advocate for the arts in their districts. The event includes a keynote speech, symposium and workshops around arts advocacy strategies. The capstone of the event is visiting with each attendee’s state legislators to encourage their support for arts and cultural policy.
  • Planning, executing and evaluating the Arts Advocacy Challenge, an initiative that equips new arts advocates with the tools to begin sustained advocacy efforts at the local level with a particular focus on the “interim” between the legislative sessions.
  • Scheduling legislative visits for Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and preparing all resource materials for the Texas delegation. This yearly event brings the nation’s arts advocates together to receive arts advocacy training and  meet with their federal elected officials and staffers on Capitol Hill and make the strong case for investing public resources in the arts.
  • Preparing materials for the Texans for the Arts Foundation’s Certified State Arts Advocate training workshops. These workshops take place across Texas and train citizen-advocates on how to build relationships with their legislators and sustain arts advocacy efforts in their communities.
  • Researching information for advocacy materials and resources, which may include information about Texas cultural districts, the economic impact of the arts, campaign finance reports and current legislation.
  • Updating Texans for the Arts’ Community Arts Advocacy Toolkit, a public online resource that helps arts advocates navigate the Texas political system, build relationships with their elected officials and support the arts on a variety of levels.
  • Updating Texans for the Arts’ social media platforms.
  • Updating Texans for the Arts’ Nationbuilder website.
  • Taking minutes for meetings and conference calls with the Texans for the Arts’ Board of Directors.
  • Conducting research and organizing and updating information about members, legislative districts, and other relevant subject areas.
  • Other administrative duties as needed.

Recommended Interests and Qualifications:

  • Passion for the arts and a community’s access to the arts and culture.
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the fields of Public Policy, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Political Science and/or Government Relations.
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in local, state and federal politics.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) and basic web content development.
  • Proficiency in Google Drive applications and Excel.

Recent Interns

Ally Tufenkjian

Intern, Spring 2018 | Texans for the Arts

MFA, UT Austin

""Working with Texans for the Arts helped me realize that arts advocacy really starts with one person at a time and that there are many ways to stay active and engaged. I now have a new set of tools to use in my work as an arts administrator and educator where I aim to empower and support communities in sustained advocacy efforts."

Ally Tufenkjian is an MFA Candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Theatre and Psychology from The New School University. While in New York, she taught for arts-based and non-profit organizations including the Community-Word Project, Green Generations and the CUNY Creative Arts Team. She was the program manager for HealthClass2.0, a wellness non-profit working in low-income public schools. Ally was a core company member and producer for Infinite Variety Productions, a non-profit theatre company that produces plays and educational experiences surrounding women's history. In her graduate studies, Ally’s research and practice centers youth agency in arts-based professional learning contexts and Theatre for Young Audiences with and for young people. Ally is pursuing the Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship Portfolio Program to advocate for arts legislation in partnership with communities. She is thrilled to have worked with Texans for the Arts to support local, grassroots arts advocacy across Texas.

Roma Venkateswaran

Intern, Spring 2018 | Texans for the Arts

BA, UT Dallas

"The advocacy skills I learned and empowerment I felt during my internship with Texans for the Arts will continue with me throughout my life. No matter your policy interests, the connections and training that an internship with Texans for the Arts provides are invaluable skills in every field."

Roma Venkateswaran is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas studying Public Policy and Visual and Performing Arts with a Theatre concentration. She went to high school in Rockville, Maryland, and has worked with a variety of theatre companies in the area, including holding a tenured position on the Board of Directors of Wildwood Summer Theatre. In college, she has worked extensively with Theatre UTD, and she volunteers teaching students Hindi and religious studies at Chinmaya Mission. Her internship with Texans for the Arts has been her first foray in arts advocacy, and she has been excited to find the intersection between the arts and policy. She is very grateful for the opportunities this internship has provided, such as helping plan major events, from National Arts Advocacy Day to the Texas Arts Advocacy Interim Challenge, meeting with her state legislators in Washington, DC, and attending conferences and workshops with leaders in the arts in the Dallas area.