Public Art Program Summer Intern

  • Internship
  • Palo Alto
  • Salary: N/A

Website $15.71 - $130.00 Hourly


About Internship Opportunities with the Palo Alto Public Art Program
The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program recognizes the hands-on practical experience plays an important role in advancing the careers of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders. Likewise, the Program benefits from the creativity and curiosity of students and young professionals joining the Program ranks. The goal of the public art internship program is to provide meaningful learning opportunities that are exciting and mutually beneficial.
The internship program allows students and emerging arts professionals to investigate and participate in the operations of the City of Palo Alto’s thriving Public Art Program. Through a combination of hands-on learning experiences and structured projects, interns become an integral part of the team. Interns are expected to participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, interact with artists, city staff and community members, and produce excellent work, while gaining the on-the-job practical skills and preparing to become the next generation of arts administrators interested in the field of public art. Interns will be working closely with the Public Art Program staff and receive evaluation and feedback. This paid internship opportunity is open to all enthusiastic individuals interested in public art and arts administration, as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking to gain real-world professional experience.

Summer 2022 Internship Focus
A particular focus of the Summer 2022 Internship will be on research and planning for Code:ART2023, a three-evening new media public art festival taking place in downtown Palo Alto the following year . The successful candidate will also work with a range of ongoing projects including supporting staff with ongoing collection management and care projects, assisting in the implementation and documentation of temporary public art installations, assisting with artist selection panels, coordinating community engagement events, and providing assistance with other creative placemaking efforts.

About Code:ART2023
The Palo Alto Public Art Program will host an interactive art festival, Code:ART, in 2023. The 3-evening event will engage visitors in a celebration that outwardly reflects the creative community that thrives here. The 2023 event will draw upon the feedback from the two previous Code:ART festivals to include a more diverse audience into a series of shared interactive experiences and reinvigorate our commercial downtown that has been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Code:ART will be centered on community connectedness, resiliency, empathy, healing, and recovery. A temporary, immersive media artwork by a
major artist will anchor the festival in a signature downtown location and six additional artworks will be installed throughout downtown.

Roles and responsibilities
The intern will play a crucial role in making Code:ART2023 a huge success! Roles and responsibilities may include:
– Conduct research, gather information, and present findings to staff. Areas of research may include latest exciting trends in new media art, new media art festivals and events, artists working in the intersection of art and technology, fabricators, materials, vendors and resources, venues and community engagement strategies.
– Assist with overall planning and development for Code:ART and its public programming.
– Create multimedia content for MapMe, a mobile storytelling platform for Code:ART installations.
Other areas of engagement:
– Working with a collections management database / file retention. The PAP uses EmbARK, a collection management software to track all aspects of the City’s public art collection that includes over a hundred of permanently sited artworks and murals and over 300 portable works of art. Much of the collection archives need to be digitized. The intern will learn the fundamentals of data maintenance and work closely with staff to streamline cataloging collection files. Duties may include tracking and scanning paper files and slides, and formatting files using Adobe Acrobat.
– Multimedia content creation for a mobile storytelling platform. The PAP recently launched a mobile experience for the Palo Alto’s outdoor public art collection via MapMe, a mobile storytelling app. The intern will work closely with staff, artists and platform developers to create and manage multimedia content including narratives, images, video and audio content for the outdoors public art collection.
– Inventory of portable collection. Conducting an inventory of portable collection of public art across Palo Alto city facilities, such as City Hall, Palo Alto libraries and community centers. An intern will be trained and work in the collection management software / public art database.
– Condition reports for permanently sited artworks.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
– Undergraduate student, graduate student, or college graduate with experience and enthusiasm for the arts.
– Candidates must be comfortable talking to individuals and approaching organizations about events and potential opportunities for partnership.
– Excellent writing skills; experience drafting promotional materials for press and public outreach
– Technical proficiency. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite programs. Familiarity with or quick ability to learn Canva and MapMe is a plus.
– Collaboration and effective teamwork. Ability to work with others toward a common goal.
– Initiative and self-motivation; Ability to work independently and efficiently.
– Critical thinking and willingness to ask questions and communicate pro-actively in order to understand an issue from all possible angles, and to pose creative solutions to challenges
– Positive attitude and ability to communicate with others in a respectful and professional manner.
– An interest in arts administration, with either professional or academic experience in this area.

Time Commitment and Hourly Rate
Intern will provide 10-15 hours of service per week for a total number of hours not to exceed 250 (weekly schedule can be flexible), between approximately June 15 and September 15. This is a paid internship opportunity ($17 per hour).