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
Exhibitions Intern- Winter 2019
Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers two unpaid internships each semester for students of Art, Art History, Arts Management, or some equivalent. The Exhibitions interns 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 internship will take place December 2018- February 2019.
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, one the second Friday of the month, we have our Late Shift event where we special receptions, the intern will be required to work that event and any other additional special events that may take place during their internship period. Due to the dates of the internship, interns will be required to work shifts around Christmas and New Years holidays, although the Art Center is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. The individual shifts will be worked out between the selected interns and gallery director.
The gallery director 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, developing special programming, workshops, and more.
This internship requires that the student be responsible, able to multitask, show initiative, possess a good work ethic, great attention to detail, and have a great 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 programs. Interns must feel comfortable talking to the public about the work at the exhibition and handling potential sales.
Please email resumes with cover letter to Leslie Mounaime with “2019 Exhibitions Winter Internship” as the subject line. Applications are accepted through Sunday, November 18.
Marketing/Graphic Design Intern – Winter/Spring 2019
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. This internship will take place January through May.
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. – 5 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Extended hours are requested each month for Second Thursdays (until 9 pm) and Late Shift Fridays (until 11 pm), with advanced notification.
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, designing flyers and web graphics, 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.
This position requires that the candidate be a self-starter, able to multitask, and show initiative. Working knowledge of social networking is required, as is intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator and Photoshop. The candidate must also be comfortable engaging with the public during events.
Candidates seeking to fill the slot must be seeking class credit.
Please email resumes with cover letter and three portfolio samples to Alyssa Ross with “Winter 2019 Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until Sunday, December 9.
Programming Intern – Winter/Spring 2019
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 Winter/Spring 2019 internship will take place January through May.
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.
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.
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.
Please email resumes with cover letter to Daniel Guzman with “Programs Winter 2019 Internship” in the subject line. Applications accepted until Sunday, December 30.
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, we’d love to have you on board!