Internships


Internships are a key component of Texans for the Arts’ 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. Through a variety of projects, interns will gain an understanding of non-profit arts administration and advocacy and will learn skills in community outreach, event coordinating, development, and public policy.

Because of the timing of the Texas Legislature (140 days every two years, odd-numbered years), the cycle of activities engaging interns will vary between even and odd-numbered years.

Texans for the Arts’ interns will report to Executive Director Ann Graham. While Texans for the Arts is based in Austin, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all work is conducted online through Zoom and phone, so long-distance applicants will be considered.

Time Commitment: 10-15+ hours per week (very flexible around interns academic and/or work schedule)

Academic Credit: Texans for the Arts will support any intern seeking academic credit for their time as an intern and will process any required paperwork, as needed.

Responsibilities are subject to change based on the needs of the organization and whether the Texas Legislature is in session, but may include assisting with:

  • Planning, executing, and evaluating Texas Arts Advocacy Day, an Austin-based day-long event that mobilizes community members to advocate for the arts in their districts. (This event only takes place in odd-numbered years during the Texas legislative session.) In addition to planning and implementation, interns will assist with setting up legislative office visits for participants.
  • Updating and evaluating the website-based, online advocacy resources that equip 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.
  • Managing communication and scheduling legislative visits for Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Action Summit held every March in Washington, D.C. (or virtually during the pandemic), and preparing 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 a strong case for investing public resources in the arts.
  • Preparing materials for the Texans for the Arts Foundation’s Arts Funding & Leadership Development 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.
  • Managing Texans for the Arts’ social media platforms and website.
  • Taking minutes for meetings 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 (ideally Nationbuilder).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Proficiency in Google Drive applications and Excel.
  • Reliable, communicative and provide a fresh perspective, organized
  • Possess a positive attitude and an ability to problem-solve.

 

Interested in being an intern with Texans for the Arts?

  • Submit a letter of interest speaking to coursework, experience, or special interests and skills related to the position and what you hope to gain from this internship.
  • Send resume and letter of interest to [email protected]
  • Provide references upon request.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Texans for the Arts team!

Questions? Please write to [email protected] and thank you!

 


Meet Our Current Interns

 

Alden Eckman

 

Maddy Lamb

 

      Maggie McGowan   

 

Patrick Long-Quian

 

 


Meet Our Previous Interns

 

Vivian Gonzalez

 

Kelsee Avery

 

      Rachel Phillips      

 

Emma Rose Gudewicz

 

Emily Spahrmann

 

Lutie Rodriguez

 

            Zoe Settle            

 

Mary Shannon Tompson

 

         Shawn Ward         

 

Anastasia Whittemore

 

Aiza Shah

 

Lizbeth L. Acosta

 

Gabriela Kane

 

Maya Mikelson

 

       Ally Tufenkjian       

 

Roma Venkateswaran

 

 


University Courses

Texans for the Arts is proud to meet with university classes across Texas to discuss arts advocacy.  Some of the courses we have worked with are below.

  • Fall 2018 - University of Texas, Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, "What Is A Smart City?" CRP386
  • Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Winter/Spring 2021 - University of Texas, Austin, McComb's School of Business, MIS 324, Business Systems Development