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The Idea Fund 2017-18 Internship

The Idea Fund 2017-18 Internship (September 2017 – May 2018) provides a university college-enrolled or young professional with a paid internship opportunity to work in non-profit arts administration. This internship position will provide a range of experiences working on a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund provides funding for artist-generated or artist-centered projects in the Greater Houston area that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices.

 Primary Intern tasks:

  • Website maintenance and updating
  • Social media maintenance and updating
  • Organization, administrative and data management assistance
  • Communication with artists

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Understand The Idea Fund mission and objectives
  • Eager to learn, positive attitude and collaborative spirit
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest in developing experience into a professional path
  • Experience and knowledge of Word Press website management and administration
  • Experience and knowledge of managing social media (FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Commitment to working a minimum of 5 hours per week for 12 months (hours will fluctuate throughout the year)
  • Strong writing skills

Rate of $12 an hour, between 6 – 10 hours per week. Start date: September 5, 2017. End date: May 31, 2018.


How to Apply: Email a cover letter and resume outlining your educational background and past work experience to Rachel Cook, Curator, DiverseWorks at A cover letter should address why you are interested in the internship and what you hope to gain from this opportunity. Please include contact details for two references who are either professors or previous/current employers.

Arts Administration & Gallery Internships

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW: Interns play a critical role in the administration and production of DiverseWork’s overall programs and events. Selected interns will be provided the opportunity to explore several areas of a non-profit arts organization by assisting staff members with projects in the office related to curatorial, gallery management, development, and administrative departments. This internship is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a future career as a curator, artist, or arts administrator. 2-3 interns are engaged each semester.

RESPONSIBILITIES include assisting with artist research for upcoming programs and events, assisting with promotional and marketing tasks, updates to the membership database and mailings, general administration office duties, assisting with gallery maintenance and preparing for evening art performances, events and exhibition openings. Interns also participate in a reading group in order to get to know one another and facilitate a deeper understanding of contemporary art spaces and practices.

IDEAL CANDIDATES: Strong background in art history, theater, dance, studio art, or literature and a devoted interest in contemporary art, issues, and visual culture; great writing and computer-based research skills; ability to verbally communicate in an efficient manner; ability to interact with diverse populations with respect; excellent time management skills; ability to work individually and with a team; accountability; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; fluency in Spanish a plus.

Internships are volunteer positions, last for one semester, and are competitive. Preference is given to college students seeking academic credit. Work schedule is generally two days a week, five hours a day plus occasional evening and weekend events.

To apply, email a resume AND cover letter to

2017-18 Internship Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (Sept – Dec): August 7, 2017
Spring Semester (Jan – May): December 4, 2017
Summer Semester (May – August): April 2, 2018


DiverseWorks is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with exhibition openings, special events, and exhibition installation. To be added to our volunteer email list, please email DiverseWorks with the word Volunteer in the subject line.