Internships at Urban Arts Space & Hopkins Hall Gallery 

Our Internship Program offers Ohio State University students the opportunity to gain comprehensive experiences in the operation of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Urban Arts Space (UAS) and Hopkins Hall Gallery (HHG). Student interns support specialized positions, guided by professional staff, to advance the mission of the galleries through the delivery of exhibitions, programming, and events. Interns are integral members of the staff and support daily operations through active learning experiences, hand-on projects, and group collaborations. The internship offers students the opportunity to employ classroom research in a professional setting to better prepare them in their professional pursuits. 


How We Work

Urban Arts Space offers a variety of roles that provide hands-on job experience to students in their area of interest. Every position at Urban Arts Space is vital to gallery operations. The student teams provide specialized services, but they receive guidance and direction from our team of permanent staff. 

In addition to individual focus areas, all interns are expected to be familiar with the general operations and responsibilities of Urban Arts Space. This includes gallery reception and monitoring, serving as docents for exhibitions, program and event set up and management, and basic customer service duties.

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Internship Areas of Concentration


Exhibition Interns focus on exhibition management responsibilities, exhibition design, and artwork installation and strike processes. 


Communications Interns assist in planning, tactics, and execution of communications efforts employing various methods. Communications Interns are encouraged to propose new and exciting materials and strategies to publicize events at UAS and HHG. These interns work with a cohort of design and photo/video interns to maintain marketing efforts


Design interns work closely with the Communications Team to create graphic designs for public release in formats such as brochures, window banners, general signage, forms, and presentations. Design interns should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team. Generally, interns will work on projects from concept to release. A general portfolio review demonstrating skillsets is requested from the applicant for this position.


Photography and video production interns document activities to support exhibition operations and promotional communications in digital platforms and print formats. A general portfolio review demonstrating skillsets will be requested from the applicant for this position.


Engagement Interns plan and implement thoughtful activities and tours that are inspired by current or previous UAS/HHG exhibitions. They gain experience in educational program planning, lesson-planning, art making processes, public speaking, and teaching


What to Expect

Urban Arts Space fosters a work culture that is open, interesting, creative, challenging, and our interns must be self-motivated. Teamwork is essential to facilitate exhibitions, gallery programming, and daily operations. In addition to the interns’ concentration, all interns support general operations requirements for Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery including activities such as:

  • Staffing gallery receptions, programs, and/or events
  • Monitoring the gallery and the safety of the artwork
  • Providing docent services for guest and groups
  • Program and event set-up and management
  • Basic customer service responsibilities to ensure a welcoming guest experience
  • Supporting specific day-to-day facility maintenance

Interns are requested to work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week at Urban Arts Space and/or Hopkins Hall Gallery. However, hours are flexible based on student availability. Applicants must available during regular gallery hours


How to Apply

Interested applicants may submit their application via Ohio State's career-networking platform, Handshake. Selected applicants will be invited for a follow-up interview at Urban Arts Space.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity & Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy.



Contact Merijn van der Heijden, Director, for more information.