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

About the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

The mission of the department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment.  The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Current Openings


Gallery Guide Volunteer -Ongoing

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers unpaid volunteer position(s) for students or folks with a dedicated interest and enthusiasm for fine arts.  The 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.

Hours

Hours are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions*. The volunteers will be required to work at least one 8-hr day a week, with one weekend day on reserve. The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the Gallery Guides on scheduling so as not to interfere with their class and work schedules. Art Center hours are currently, Wednesday – Sunday,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gallery Guides if volunteers are interested in working supplemental days during exhibition installation weeks as their schedule allows.

Responsibilities

The Gallery Guide opportunity does not include a guided project. Necessary gallery duties include are but 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 gallery guide position requires that the individual be responsible, able to multitask, show initiative, possess a good work ethic, attention to detail, with a friendly and positive attitude. The ability to work on both MAC and PC computers and familiarity with social media networks is mandatory. Preferred candidate should be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite. Gallery Guides must feel comfortable interacting with the public about the work at the exhibition and handling artwork sales.

Gallery Guides must be at least 18 years of age or older. Proof of vaccination is required.

To Apply

Please email resumes along with a statement of interest* to Leslie Mounaime with “Exhibitions Gallery Guide” as the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

*Statement of Interest- while not as formal as a Cover Letter, the Statement of Interest should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write and communicate effectively as well as summarize your interest in the position and address why you would be a strong candidate.

 


Exhibitions Intern  – Summer 2022

Description

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers one unpaid Exhibitions internship 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 opportunity will take place May – August 2022. 

Hours 

Hours are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions*. The intern will be required to work 1- 2 days a week, with one weekend day on reserve. The Curator of Exhibitions will work with the interns on scheduling so as not to interfere with their class and work schedules. Art Center hours are currently, Wednesday – Sunday,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m*, but this is subject to change. Interns will be required to work supplemental days during exhibition installation weeks as their schedule allows.

Responsibilities

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.

Requirements

This internship 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 must feel comfortable interacting with the public about the work at the exhibition and handling artwork sales.

Interns must be at least 18 years of age or older. Proof of vaccination is required.

To Apply

Please email resumes with cover letter to Leslie Mounaime with “Exhibitions Internship” as the subject line. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

*  The Art Center’s current schedule is Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm but is subject to change as necessary in response to COVID-19 requirements.


Public Programs Intern

Description:

Torpedo Factory Art Center offers unpaid internships each season in Public Programs. Interns receive behind the scenes experience helping to coordinate programming events.

The intern will be required to work at least 2 days a week for at least 16 hours a week.  The intern will be required to work during 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 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.