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Organization Name:
Society for the Performing Arts

Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
615 Louisiana Street, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77002


The mission of Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is to enrich the cultural life of Houston in an affordable way by presenting the world’s best in multi-discipline performing arts and by providing the most comprehensive education and community engagement of its kind in the city.

Internship Overview:
Society for the Performing Arts’ Education & Community Engagement Department serves over 70,000 students and adults each season through approximately 125 unique events. SPA’s education and community engagement programs are typically centered diverse national and international artists that SPA brings to Houston and include master classes, artist residencies, teacher workshops, community performances, discount ticket programs, an annual student art contest, and a writing and movement residency.

This internship will provide hands-on, practical experience in arts education, arts administration, and the performing arts. The Education & Community Engagement Intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Education & Community Engagement to help implement a two-week Summer Dance Intensive, reaching over 100 junior high and high school dance students, their teachers, and their families. The intern will also act as the project manager for the selection and organization of our 2018-2019 HEB Performance Prelude program. Through a structured learning experience, the intern will develop a broader understanding of the performing arts industry, arts education and the issues affecting the field. Skills gained in this internship will translate to a variety of endeavors both within and outside of the performing arts. Additionally, interns will participate in cohort activities designed to introduce a broad range of career opportunities within the non-profit arts field.

Key Relationships:
The education & community engagement intern will report directly to the Director of Education and will work closely with the Education Coordinator. The intern can expect to interface with other key staff members across departments, including (but not limited to) production, marketing, public relations, and development. The intern will also work with volunteers and other interns.

Dates, Hours & Expectations:
This position is an 8-week unpaid, part-time internship beginning on or before June 4th. The intern is expected to work 20 – 30 hours per week scheduled between the hours of 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, as well as some events taking place outside of these hours. Working hours can be flexible, as needed. Intern should have a reliable form of transportation, as some local travel may be expected.

This internship is unpaid. Complimentary parking will be provided and business-related expenses will be reimbursed.

Primary Responsibilities:
The intern’s responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Help administer a two-week Summer Dance Intensive
• Prepare and organize materials for education-related activities
• Draft email, online, and print education marketing materials
• Assist with the planning and implementation of education and community engagement programs for the upcoming season
• Update and edit education-related databases, documents, and materials
• Collect and analyze demographics and program data
• Attend education and community engagement events
• Conduct research related to slated arts educational programming

Qualifications and Requirements:
The ideal candidate will be a currently enrolled undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall of 2018.

The ideal intern should have an interest in the arts, education, nonprofit administration, or arts administration and be pursuing a major or minor in a related field. Additionally, the ideal intern is self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented with knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and a variety of social media platforms.

How to Apply:
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Please write “Summer Education & Community Engagement Internship Application” in the subject line. No phone calls. Please state if you are applying to more than one internship in the application email.

Society for the Performing Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

Application Deadline:
March 26, 2018
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