The future of St. Louis arts and culture is in your hands.
The Regional Arts Commission is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who want to learn more about supporting the arts. As a RAC intern, you will develop professional skills, network and have a real role in shaping our community. Our interns come from a variety of fields, including but not limited to art history, marketing, graphic design, political science, business, visual art, anthropology, nonprofit management and arts administration. Their common bond is the desire to make a positive difference in our region.
Katherine Dunham Fellowship
RAC is proud to offer the Katherine Dunham Fellowship annually for the spring semester. Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Fellowship was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in and be mentored in the field of arts administration to later find employment and achieve success working at cultural institutions. The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend and other compensated opportunities which include attendance to a national arts administration conference, complimentary tickets to local arts and culture events and opportunities to connect with African American arts administrators, artists and arts and cultural leaders.
The Katherine Dunham Fellowship experience may include work in grants, marketing, communications, community arts and public art or special projects with the intent of providing broad experience while also tailoring work to the specific interests and skills of the fellow.
The purpose of the Katherine Dunham Fellowship is: 1) to provide opportunities for individuals who currently are under-represented in the field of arts administration, 2) to gain experience in a number of different arts administration areas, and 3) to develop the pool of outstanding minority arts administration professionals.
Applicants for the Katherine Dunham Fellowship must meet the following qualifications:
- African American undergraduate juniors or seniors, recent graduates (1-3 years), or graduate level students. (High school students will not be considered)
- Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts (ex: liberal arts, business, social work, fine arts, nonprofit management, marketing and communications, etc.)
- Those with a genuine interest to lead and work for an arts organization or cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.)
- Must be able to work at least two full days per week (approximately 16 hours) between January and May during normal RAC business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Be able to spend approximately 2-5 hours/per week on extracurricular activities outside of work (may include, attending complimentary arts and culture events, social networking events, RAC special events, Katherine Dunham related events/classes, etc.)
To apply for the Katherine Dunham Fellowship, please complete the application and include the following information:
- Your résumé
- Your cover letter
- A letter of reference from a professor or a recent employer (this should include the writer’s reflections on the applicant’s qualities, characteristics and provide examples of related work or academic experience)
- A 250-300 word essay answering the question: “Why are you interested in arts administration and how will this fellowship help you achieve your goals?” Please include within your essay response what it is about Katherine Dunham that has inspired you to apply for this fellowship
*All attachments submitted through the online application must be in a PDF file format.
View the 2015 Press Release here.
Applications for the 2016 Katherine Dunham Fellowship are now closed.
Questions about Katherine Dunham Fellowship? Please contact Jess Gouldthorpe, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)863-5811
RAC internships typically cover a semester (about 14-18 weeks) but can last up to a year. Interns will work closely with their direct supervisor, and will have the opportunity to become integrally involved in all aspects of RAC operations. RAC accepts applications from college students, recent graduates, and college graduates that are considering arts administration as a career. Internships are available on a rolling basis, and the number of positions available depends on the needs of the RAC staff at the time of application. We offer both full and part-time intern positions. Most positions are unpaid but interns may be eligible to earn academic credit towards their major or graduation requirements. RAC offers several types of internships in the following areas: Community & Public Art, Grants, Marketing & Communications and Communications & Special Events.
Community & Public Arts Internship
This position requires an interest in community arts and development and public art. Qualified candidates will be highly motivated, self-starters who can work on multiple task-related projects as needed. Internship projects may include maintaining and updating the public art section on the RAC website, photographing new public art pieces, helping with event preparation and setup, conducting research for special projects and various administrative tasks for the Community & Public Arts department. Qualified candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative and respect deadlines. Excellent writing and administrative skills are required. Candidates will also have excellent interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs.
This position requires excellent writing and organizational skills and a high attention to detail. Interns with the Grants department in a variety of areas which may include proofreading correspondence, documenting meeting minutes, conducting research on various topics, assisting with the organization of workshops, seminars, and panel meetings and other administrative duties as needed. Additional duties may include processing final report forms, invoices, organizing grant materials and maintaining files. Qualified candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative and respect deadlines. Excellent writing and administrative skills are required. Candidates will also have excellent interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs.
Marketing and Communications Internship
Interns work closely with the Marketing department to develop a ways to display our organization to the public and to our constituents which may include assisting with the development of press releases, media alerts, calendar listings, social media and online postings. Qualified candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative, respect deadlines and work well under pressure. Candidates should also have excellent interpersonal skills as they will have the opportunity to attend a variety of industry-related meetings and special events, as well as actively participate in brainstorming sessions within the organization. Candidates will also possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms. Excellent writing and administrative skills are required. Experience with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is preferred.
Communications and Special Events Internship
Interns work closely with the Marketing department on projects related to various communication efforts for the organization which may include creating flyers, assisting with calendar/online event postings and developing content for email marketing campaigns and social media postings. Interns may also work on multiple task-related projects for RAC special events. Qualified candidates should be able to multi-task, take initiative, work well under pressure, respect deadlines and have excellent interpersonal skills. Candidates will also possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms. Experience with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is helpful. Special event planning and project management experience is preferred.
To apply for an internship with the Regional Arts Commission, please complete the application and include the following information in a PDF Format:
- Your résumé
- Your cover letter
- Your completed writing assessment (download the instructions here)
Questions about RAC Internships? Please contact Jess Gouldthorpe, email@example.com or (314)863-5811