Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Internships

Thank you for your interest in an internship at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts!

Bemis Center interns assist staff and artists-in-residence with artistic and collaborative projects that help run the organization, execute exhibitions, deliver programs, connect with audiences, and support artists in the creation of new art.


BEMIS CENTER INTERNSHIP SESSIONS

SUMMER 2019 | MAY 14–AUGUST 16, 2019
APPLICATIONS DUE: APRIL 19, 2019

REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently enrolled in a college degree program or a recent college graduate (within six months) 
  • A passion for contemporary art and an eagerness to learn
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, ability to work without much supervision, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform varying levels of clerical and/or physical work

BENEFITS

  • Professional development experiences and networking opportunities
  • Invitations to studio skill-building demonstrations and tours organized in conjunction with our Residency Program
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives
  • Participation in an international network of artists
  • PLUS! A one-year Bemis Center Individual Membership

Internships at Bemis Center are unpaid positions. Interns may arrange to receive academic credit, but it is not required. 
 

APPLICATION
 

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
Interns work within a Bemis Center department or directly with an artist-in-residence. The staff of that department or artist serve as a guide and mentor for the duration of the internship.

Artist-in-Residence Intern
Artist-in-Residence intern positions vary each semester as Bemis Center helps to tailor the position to the artists-in-residence discipline and projects they may be working on while at Bemis Center. The lists below are examples of the responsibilities and skills for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Art handling and materials preparation
  • Artwork production and shop work
  • Sourcing, research, filing, and archiving
  • Documenting work – photography and/or videography
  • Graphic design/website development

Skills:

  • Enjoy working with materials, sourcing information, and want to gain hands-on experience in the studio
  • Familiarity with various studio practices preferred but not required
  • Interest in contemporary art and art production and/or working as a professional artist

Time commitment: 10 hours per week, days of the week will vary depending on the artist's schedule. Assistance with at least two events per month required.
 

Development Program Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Development staff on fundraising, donor cultivation, and membership projects and initiatives to financially support Bemis Center programs and operations
  • Assist in maintaining a system for documenting donations and grant awards
  • Assist with planning and executing donor cultivation events
  • Assist with various administrative duties such as preparing mailings, printing and organizing presentation packets, and food and beverage preparation for Board Meetings

Skills:

  • Experience with database management and impeccable attention to detail
  • Interest in philanthropy, contemporary art, and/or nonprofit organization management

Time commitment: 8–10 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two events per month is required.


Gallery Attendant and Administration Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Welcome visitors; provide them with gallery guides and promotional material; answer questions and provide information about exhibitions, guided tours, and gallery hours; invite them to sign-up to receive our communications
  • Monitor visitors while they observe the exhibition and ensure they are complying with gallery guidelines
  • Assist the Operations Team with basic administrative tasks

Skills:

  • Enjoy interacting with the public and working with people of all backgrounds
  • Organized, independent worker with a basic understanding of Google docs, spreadsheets, and calendars and comfortable working with numbers
  • Interest in art gallery or museum administration and/or nonprofit management

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday. Assistance with at least two events per month required.   
 

Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with preparing gallery spaces for upcoming exhibitions including artwork handling, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Assist with planning and production of public programs
  • Research artists, community partners, and art organizations

Skills:

  • Ability to balance several projects at once
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Able to lift and move heavy objects
  • Interest in curatorial or museum work, event planning, art history, or communications
  • Experience or interest in handling artwork in a gallery or sales setting
  • Experience or interest in documenting artwork condition

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two public events per month is required.
 

Residency Arts Technician Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Residency Arts Technician with general maintenance and upkeep of the Bemis Center Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, such as routine cleaning, organizational tasks, monitoring safety, and some building maintenance
  • Provide hands-on assistance to artists-in-residence while working in the Okada building

Skills:

  • Ability to use basic hand and power tools, for example, drills, drivers, sanders, measuring instruments, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks to shop standards
  • Willingness to perform physical tasks and work in the environment of a fabrication space
  • Desire hands-on experience in residency program support, tool and equipment operation, and technical training in wood and metal fabrication

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two public events per month is required.


Residency Program Administration Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with planning and production of Open House / Open Studios and other Residency Program events
  • Assist with gathering alumni news
  • Assist with administration such as data input, research, and organizing information

Skills:

  • Proficiency in Google Forms and Documents
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Passion for working directly with artists
  • Desire hands-on experience in residency program support

Time commitment: 8–10 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two public events per month is required.


APPLICATION

Questions about the Bemis Center Internship Program? Contact Abby Fogle at 402.341.7130 x 24 or abby@bemiscenter.org.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
E-mail: info@bemiscenter.org