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 | SUMMER 2020 | MAY 20–AUGUST 14, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 17

APPLY

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. 

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 and updating donor database
  • Assist with planning and executing donor cultivation events
  • Assist with various administrative duties such as preparing mailings, printing, and organizing presentation packets for donor events and 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 + 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
  • Comfortable working with numbers
  • Interest in art gallery or museum administration and/or nonprofit management

Time commitment: 8–10 hours per week, Wednesday–Saturday. Assistance with at least two events per month 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 at least two public events per month is required.

NOTE: The following intern positions have physical requirements due to the nature of their duties. 

Exhibitions and Public Programs, Residency Arts Technician, and Facilities and Construction Intern, LOW END / Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of these positions:

  • Must be able to talk and hear
  • Must be able to stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs. without assistance, with the ability to lift up to 80 lbs. as necessary, with assistance
  • Must be able to reach above head and down to the ground while using hand tools, power tools, and other equipment
  • Must be able to perform low to moderate manual labor
  • Must be able to crawl, bend, stretch, and climb while performing routine tasks


LOW END / Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Intern 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with preparing LOW END, Bemis Center’s music venue, for performances including equipment, tech, and lighting set-up
  • Create guides, labels, and inventory lists for venue and recording studio equipment 
  • Help organize and prepare equipment and recording studio for use

Skills:

  • Curiosity about and passion for contemporary sound art, experimental music, and artists
  • Experience in running and maintaining audio/visual equipment
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Able to lift and move heavy objects
  • Basic understanding of Google Drive, Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with most or all performances at LOW END is required.

Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern
The Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern will assist the Exhibitions team in the development and execution of the summer 2020 exhibition All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy. This group exhibition includes artists exploring current social and political issues in the United States. Opening in a polarizing time just prior to the 2020 U.S. elections, the exhibition focuses on empathy and works that aim to awaken shared beliefs in humanity and spark an immediate sense of connection between the viewer and the subjects of the artwork. All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy will showcase artistic voices from across the country while engaging local organizations that work with these issues daily. 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with preparing gallery spaces for 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
  • Assist in developing and maintaining community partnerships throughout the summer exhibition

Skills:

  • Ability to balance several projects at once
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Able to lift and move 30–40 lbs.
  • 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 at least two public events per month is required.

Facilities and Construction Intern

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist the Facilities Team with general maintenance and upkeep of Bemis Center facilities
  • Work independently and reliably on various projects for the building, galleries, and artists-in-residence  
  • Help with data input and management of Bemis Center’s facilities management software 

Skills:

  • Hardworking and reliable
  • Thorough in completing projects
  • Takes direction well
  • Willingness to get dirty and sweaty
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to use basic power tools such as drill and tape measure
  • Ability to lift 30–40 lbs.
  • Knowledge of basic construction fundamentals 

Time commitment:10–12 hours per week. Assistance with at least two public events per month is required.

Residency Arts Technician Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Residency Arts Technician with general maintenance and upkeep of Bemis Center’s sculpture and ceramics facility
  • Work independently on various projects for Bemis and artists-in-residence
  • Assist with preparation of skill-building demos
  • Help maintain the overall maintenance of the sculpture and ceramics facility such as sweeping floors, cleaning off the loading dock, picking up trash, cleaning out the woodshop, and some building maintenance

Skills:

  • Hardworking and reliable
  • Thorough in completing projects
  • Takes direction well
  • Willingness to get dirty and sweaty
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to use basic power tools such as drill and tape measure
  • Ability to lift 30–40 lbs.

Time commitment: 10–12 hours per week. Assistance with at least two public events per month is required.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 17

APPLY

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