Internship Opportunities

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center seeks highly motivated individuals who will benefit from the experience earned while participating in our internship program. We are particularly interested in applicants who have the potential to assist in the growth of the individual department as well as the larger organization. Applicants should be technically skilled and have a strong interest in photography, the visual arts, the Philadelphia community, or arts administration.

Please submit a current resume and cover letter detailing your background, applicable skills, reasons for applying, and the contact information of three references. In your cover letter please indicate the following:

  • which department internship you are applying for (if you are applying to multiple departments, please list in order of preference)
  • which time period you are applying for (either a six-month period or a twelve-month period)

Arts Administration Intern: Not Accepting
Development Intern: Not Accepting
Gallery Assistant Intern: Currently Accepting
Education Intern: Not Accepting
Exhibitions & Programs Intern: Not Accepting
Digital Lab & Facilities Intern: Not Accepting

Internship Commitment
Accepted applicants are expected to commit two days a week (Digital Lab & Facilities internship requires only one) for either a six or twelve-month period, from September through February and March through August. Each department strongly suggests specific days that their interns be present, please review the individual requirements for each department. College credit is available for those who request it. Applicants are required to currently be living in or have plans to relocate to Philadelphia area.

Email applications to grace@philaphotoarts.org or mail them to:
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Grace Miller
1400 N American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please note that only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Arts Administration Intern

The Arts Administration Intern will assist the Executive Director and the Development Director. Responsibilities include: conducting donor and foundation research; database input and management; assist in the planning and execution of members and donor events; handle phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Requirements
Interest in arts administration; technically proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel with some experience with Adobe Photoshop; strong verbal and written skills; ability to multitask; and highly organized.

Preferred Hours
Two six hour days weekly, between Tuesday and Friday

Development Intern

The Development Intern is responsible for assisting the Development Director with maintaining the organization’s database, researching donor prospects and grant opportunities, assisting with direct mail and online giving campaigns, and assisting with several special events; handle phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Requirements
An interest in photography and arts education; strong communication and social skills; open minded and positive; strong verbal and written skills; ability to multitask; excellent online research skills; and highly organized and detail oriented.

Preferred Hours
Two six hour days weekly, between Tuesday and Friday

Gallery Assistant Intern

The Gallery Assistant will work in the gallery and will assist front of house staff. Responsibilities include: Greeting clients and answering questions over the phone and in person; assist with day to day tasks and errands; keeping the gallery and front desk in presentable order.

Requirements
A strong technical interest in photography; proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are a plus; strong verbal and written skills; great customer service skills; highly organized; ability to multitask.

Preferred Hours
Two six hour days weekly, between Tuesday and Friday

Education Intern

The Education Intern will assist the Education Coordinator. Other responsibilities include: Assist in organizing and tracking instructor contracts, class evaluations and other education related materials; assist with the design and research of the quarterly education brochure; handle phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Requirements
An interest in photography and arts education; strong verbal and written skills; technically proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel with some experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Preferred Hours
Two six hour days weekly, between Tuesday and Friday

Exhibitions & Programs Intern

The Exhibitions & Programs Intern will assist the Executive Director & the Director’s Assistant. Responsibilities include: handling incoming and outgoing works for exhibition; assist with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions; be present for exhibition openings and related programming; database management; assist with the creation of email newsletters, press releases and social media posts; handle phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Requirements
Experience in handling, shipping and packing artwork; an interest in curatorial practices and art history; strong verbal and written skills; highly organized; and internet and social media savvy.

Preferred Hours
Thursdays 12:00am-6:00pm & Fridays 12:00pm-6:00pm; and additional hours for exhibition opening receptions and other related events.

Digital Lab & Facilities Intern

The Digital Lab & Facilities Intern will work with the Master Printer and across multiple departments. Responsibilities include: Performing software updates in digital lab; color calibrating monitors; keeping the digital lab, gallery, front desk and class room in presentable order; ordering office supplies for front desk and other departments; handling phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Requirements
A strong technical interest in photography; highly proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, other Adobe programs are a plus; knowledge of Epson printers; strong verbal and social skills; ability to multitask; highly organized; very outgoing and enthusiastic personality; ability to take initiative.

Preferred Hours
Saturdays 10:00am-6:00pm