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.
Exhibition Interns learn about exhibition design, installation and strike processes of the gallery operations. Exhibitions Interns work on a team with 1 to 2 professional preparators. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- assisting exhibition preparators with the installation and strike of artwork
- organizing storage facilities and constructing more efficient systems
- maintaining exhibition supplies inventory and ordering
- reviewing and making suggestions for exhibitor materials
- assisting with the restoration of the Space
Education Interns develop and lead several monthly programs that are all free and open to the public including Art Explorations for kids, Crafternoons! for adults, Community Connections for adults with developmental disabilities and CarryOut Art. Education interns should have experience in program planning, crafting, educational lesson-planning, art making and teaching. Arts Education Majors preferred. Ideal candidates have experience working with K-12 students, and teaching to diverse groups of people. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- developing and implementing specialized tours of our exhibitions,
- creating lesson plans,
- spreading the exhibitions to the community through CarryOut activities.
- representing Urban Arts Space at ACE meetings
- communicating with area educators about programing and events.
Tours interns work closely with the education interns to develop group specific tours and programs, and to maintain a calendar of tours. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- completing in-depth research on upcoming exhibitions, artists, and artwork to build tours around themes and concepts.
- creating and maintaining alternative touring options for guests, such as; audio tours, touch tours, and tours in other languages.
- researching best practices in accessibility at peer institutions;
- identifying and building relationships with potential partners;
- developing events that highlight accessible practices.
- working with the University ADA office to learn requirements for the gallery and to develop new policies and procedures.
Marketing and Communications Team
Communications Interns are encouraged to use their own creativity and personal interests to create new and exciting communications materials and strategies for Urban Arts Space. These Interns will also work with our Photography and Video team to maintain social media efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- maintaining and generating written content for the website
- writing press releases, email blasts, print materials and events postings
- posting events on community calendars
- documenting our media coverage
- archiving print materials
- updating the internal calendar
- coordinating social media channels
Visual Communication Design majors preferred. As projects come and go quickly at the Space, the Design Intern is responsible for multiple projects assigned at any given time. This role works closely with the Communications Team to create visual representations of the gallery, ranging from the development of brochures, posters, signage, to forms and presentations. Design Interns should be comfortable working with varying guidelines, both independently and also with close supervision. They should also be comfortable completing projects from concept to completion. Portfolio review is required for this position. Applicants should have the following:
- experience in design with Mac proficiency and in-depth knowledge of the following programs: The Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and Keynote
- ability to take initiative and be attentive and adhere to deadlines
- be able to self-edit their own work
- have project management experience and/or ability to work on several projects as needed
Photography and Video Interns document exhibitions, events and programs at Urban Arts Space and synthesize the raw video footage/still images into promotional materials for the Urban Arts Space website and social media venues. Portfolio review is required for this position. Video responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- documentation of events, programs, patrons, and exhibitions at Urban Arts Space for use in all design and promotional endeavors
- maitanance of a digital photo archive, having an understanding of all images available for use by the Communications Team
- commercials/promotional videos
- video/audio podcasts
- image slideshows
- artist/exhibitor interviews
- live performance documentation
- exhibitors and presenters
- edit existing video and audio footage
Operations and Events Team
The Operations and Events Interns coordinate logistics for both new and existing events, help develop ideas for new programs and create plans for implementation. This role works closely with the Business Operations and Programming Manager as well as the College of Arts and Sciences fiscal officers and OSU Legal to file necessary paperwork for events. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- monitor our operational procedures and policies
- research to update these procedures and policies and streamline as needed
- research best practices of other like-venues to create new policies and procedures for Urban Arts Space