Arts Administration:
Artist Services & Development

 2018 Development Artist Intern Njeri Rutherford at the Yard’s Annual Benefit Event, Photo by Sally Cohn

2018 Development Artist Intern Njeri Rutherford at the Yard’s Annual Benefit Event, Photo by Sally Cohn

Title: Arts Administration Intern

Number of Positions: Two: One focused on Artist Services & one focused on Development

Reports to: Director of Artist Services & Associate Producer, Director of Development & Associate Producer, Artist Services Associate & Special Events Manager, Development Associate, and other Senior Staff

Works with: Director of Artist Services & Associate Producer, Director of Development & Associate Producer, Artist Services Associate & Special Events Manager, Development Associate, Senior Staff, fellow Interns, festival artists, partner institutions, contractors, patrons and donors.

Dates: May 20 -September 7, 2019

Focused Responsibilities:

  • External relations (communication between The Yard and outside entities, which can include resident artists, patrons, donors, foundations, partner institutions, contractors, and island businesses)

  • Event planning and coordination

  • Data entry

  • Grant writing

  • Festival administration and general management

Core Skills Required:

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Mastery of organization and time management

  • Attention to detail

  • Efficient multi-tasking

  • Initiative taking

The Yard’s two Arts Administration Interns will work closely with the organization’s Artist Services and Development departments to ensure the success of the YARD ARTS Summer Season. They will assist in the day-to-day operations and management of The Yard, gaining hands-on experience in the field of arts administration. They will play an integral role in communications and external relations, working with resident artists, patrons, donors, foundations, partner institutions, contractors, and island businesses. Tasks can include booking artist travel, distributing information to artists and collecting their feedback, securing in-kind donations, coordinating fundraising appeals, acknowledging donors, writing grant reports, and more. The Arts Administration Interns will assist in the planning and execution of special events throughout the summer, including The Yard’s primary annual benefit. They will be responsible for data entry and management. One Arts Administration Intern will focus more on Artist Services, while the other will focus more on Development; both interns will gain cross-departmental experience.     

Applicants should possess strong interpersonal skills, mastery of organization and time management, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently. They must be a good communicator, comfortable handling email, phone, and in-person exchanges and capable of working with sensitive and confidential information. They should be enthusiastic to learn about and practice arts administration, to be an ambassador for The Yard, and to work both independently and as a team.

This specialized role is only one aspect of your internship. For a more comprehensive understanding of the program, please refer to the “About” page. The mandatory informational webinar will provide more detail around the artistic opportunities and non-department specific responsibilities of the internship.