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Internships @ Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Internships @ Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)
Post Date: 28 Jun 2022


Join our team. Become a CoCA Intern.

CoCA’s internship program provides a wide range of opportunities and experience working with one of the country’s most colorful, and oldest, art organizations. Working with CoCA provides interns with the opportunity to hone their skills, build their resume, gain college credits, or fulfill their philanthropic desires.

Internship candidates should have regular access to a computer, strong office skills, and have a background in arts or relevant experience in the field. A minimum of a six month commitment is required for all internships, with a year preferred to allow for skill building. Note that while all internships opportunities are unpaid, they can be modified or expanded to meet your specific internship requirements.

Communications and Outreach:

You should live with your device in hand and love the thrill of engaging your audience with witty banter, contemporary art news nuggets and captivating images. From social media outreach, to newsletter, to the development of a formal marketing plan for CoCA, share your passion and joy for art and artists. Supporters in this front-facing role are essential to the organization and must be committed as well as an excellent writer. Ideal for someone who wants to build a strong following and have the opportunity to explore new trends in communication. Volunteer positions are available for less hours/week. Internships are minimum 10 hours per week plus live coverage during our monthly First Thursday art walk and other special events.

Development and Fundraising:

Assist with grant research and writing, developing and managing corporate and individual sponsorship programs, and/or the annual Auction fundraiser. Ideal for an outgoing, polished person heading into nonprofit leadership. Excellent writing skills are required; a background in grant writing is helpful. Internships are minimum 10 hours per week plus special events.


Help build and maintain CoCA’s membership program. Includes regular communication with members, securing new membership benefits, assisting with special membership events such as the annual Membership Meeting and Members’ Art Exhibition, and developing reciprocal membership programs around town. Ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and some event planning experience. Minimum of 10 hours per week plus special events.


Work closely with CoCA curatorial committee, guest curators/jurors and artists. Assist with planning, installation, management of CoCA exhibitions. Must be available to participate in monthly planning meetings in addition to being available to assist with the exhibition. Ideal candidate will be very organized with some professional art handling, art exhibition or event planning experience. Internships require 10 hours per week plus exhibition installation and meetings.

Volunteer Coordination:

Maintain and grow our wonderful volunteer pool, work with CoCA Board and Staff to determine volunteer needs and fill them. Train or take on role of Volunteer Director at our annual fundraiser. 2-5 hours per month plus special events.

Archive Program:

Assist the CoCA Archivist with cataloging and digitizing our treasure trove of materials collected over the past 35+ years. Interest in art history, local cultural history plus archival, library science or similar background would be helpful but is not required. Minimum hours to be negotiated and based on availability and current projects.


Help staff with running CoCA. Includes gallery sitting, checking the phone and general email, filing, exhibition and newsletter database management and other administrative tasks.

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