Torpedo Factory Art Center, part of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities in the City of Alexandria. Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working with us, we invite qualified candidates to apply for these opportunities.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

Current Openings

Exhibitions Intern / Gallery Guide – Winter 2019

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers one unpaid Exhibitions internship or a gallery guide position each semester for students of Art, Art History, Arts Management, or some equivalent.  The Exhibitions interns and gallery guides will primarily be working in Target Gallery in addition to assisting with Site Two Community Gallery, Site Three Project Gallery, and our Seasonal Art Installations in the Art Center common areas. Interns seeking class credit are encouraged. This opportunity will take place December 2019 – February 2020. 

Hours

Exhibition Intern
The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week, with one day being during the weekend, for a minimum of 16 hours a week. The gallery director will work with the interns on scheduling so as not to interfere with their class and work schedules. Art Center hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Once a month, on the second Friday of the month, we have our Late Shift event* where we host exhibition receptions.  The intern will be required to work that event and any other additional special events that may take place during their internship period. The individual shifts will be worked out between the selected interns and Curator of Exhibitions.
*Late Shift event is now only Spring through Fall. Exhibition receptions will still be held on their own in Winter.

Gallery Guide
The gallery guide is required to work at least 1 day a week, in addition to install/de-install and events as needed. Art Center hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Once a month, on the second Friday of the month, we have our Late Shift event* where we host exhibition receptions.  The gallery guide will be required to work that event and any other additional special events that may take place during their gallery guide period. The individual shifts will be worked out between the selected gallery guides and Curator of Exhibitions. The gallery guide does not include a guided project or school credit.
*Late Shift event is now only Spring through Fall. Exhibition receptions will still be held on their own in Winter.

Responsibilities

Exhibition Intern
The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the interns to create a focus or project for each intern to complete during their internship along with other necessary gallery duties to include but not limited to helping with installation, take down of exhibitions, sales, and so on.  Some projects/focuses in the past have included creating an exhibition plan, assisting with marketing and promotion of exhibitions and special events, managing Target Gallery’s social media accounts,  working on our annual special exhibition March150, developing special programming, workshops, and more.

Gallery Guide
The gallery guide does not include a guided project. Necessary gallery duties include but are not limited to public engagement, knowledge of the gallery exhibitions and the art center programs, helping with installation, take down of exhibitions, sales, and so on.

Requirements

This internship and gallery guide position requires that the student or individual be responsible, able to multitask, show initiative, possess a good work ethic, great attention to detail, and a friendly and positive attitude. The ability to work on both MAC and PC computers and familiarity with social networks is mandatory. Preferred candidate should be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite  and Adobe Creative Suite programs. Interns/Gallery Guides must feel comfortable interacting with the public about the work at the exhibition and handling artwork sales.

Interns/gallery guides must be at least 18 years of age or older.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter to Leslie Mounaime with “2019 Exhibitions Winter Internship” or “2019 Exhibitions Winter Gallery Guide” as the subject line. Applications are accepted through Sunday, November 10. 


Programming Intern – Spring 2019

Description:

The Torpedo Factory Art Center offers one unpaid internship each season in Public Programs. Interns receive behind the scenes experience helping to coordinate programming events. The Spring 2019 internship will take place February 2019 – May 2019.

Hours:

The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week for at least 16 hours a week. Office hours are 10 am – 6 pm Mondays through Friday and Thursdays until 9 pm. The intern will be required to work during late Thursdays and/or Late Shift Art Nights and may need to adjust the schedule to accommodate weekend or evening events that may take place during their internship period.

Responsibilities:

Interns will work with the programming coordinator to come up with goals such as researching content to post on social media, cataloging press clips, maintain departmental metrics, and assist with executing events. Special projects are assigned based on strengths and interests and have included logo design, event photography, program planning, and visitor relations.

Requirements:

This internship requires that the student be responsible, ability to multitask, show initiative, good work ethic, a team player, and have a great attitude. Familiarity with social networks is a plus. Also, preferred candidate will need to be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and Excel. Interns must also be comfortable engaging with the public during events.

To Apply:

Please email resumes with cover letter to Daniel Guzman with “Programs Spring 2019 Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until Sunday, February 10. 


Marketing Intern – Fall 2019

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center offers one unpaid slot each semester in marketing and design.  Interns receive behind the scenes experience working in marketing and design. The internship will take place August through December.

Hours

The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week for at least 16 hours a week within core hours, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Modified hours are requested each month for Late Shift Fridays (until 10 pm), with advanced notification.

Responsibilities

Interns will work with the marketing manager to establish goals and projects to complete during their internship. Everyday tasks may include researching content to post on social media, maintaining departmental metrics, and assisting with executing events. Individual tasks are open to customization based on course needs. Special projects are assigned based on strengths and interests and have included event photography, web design, and market research.

Requirements

This position requires that the candidate be a self-starter, able to multitask, and show initiative. Working knowledge of social networking is required. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and Photoshop, is a plus. The candidate must have high-proficiency/fluency writing and speaking in English and be comfortable engaging with the public during events.

Candidates seeking to fill the slot must be seeking class credit.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter and three portfolio samples to Alyssa Ross with “Marketing Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.


Interested in volunteering?

We are currently looking for Visitor Services and Special Events volunteers at the Art Center. Check out our volunteer page for more information.