Internship Program

Have you ever considered a career in Arts Administration, in the economic development of an ever expanding and vibrant cultural district, in the institutional development of a complex and multifaceted organization?

The Internship Program at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is designed to elevate and inspire the next generation of leaders in the arts and non-profit fields. At the Trust, students gain experience in arts leadership through a 10-week program that provides fundamental workplace skills as well as specialized training in specific disciplines. Please look over available internship descriptions below before applying.

Length and Availability

  • Internships are available in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Internships are only one semester long, though graduate level interns may do two consecutive internships (full season) if approved by school and the Trust.
  • The duration of an internship is 10 weeks, with flexible start and end dates.
  • Interns must be available 10-12 hours per week, for a maximum of 120 hours per semester

Application Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a rising junior, senior or within one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Internships are unpaid, but travel stipends are available. Internships may be completed for academic credit.

Key Dates

SPRING 2020 (January through May)
Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

SUMMER 2020 (June through August)
Application Deadline: April 5, 2020

FALL 2020 (September through December)
Application Deadline: July 26, 2020

Arts Education Programming Intern

Project Description:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education Department provides a wide range of exciting, high quality arts education programs for students, educators, artists and community members seeking professional and personal growth. The Education Programming Intern will assist with planning, marketing, and evaluating various education programs in schools and in the Cultural District.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with registration and promotion of education workshops, masterclasses, professional development events, and other activities in the Cultural District.
  • Assist with program evaluation, including processing and analyzing surveys and reports.
  • Participate in the planning and development process of various education programs.
  • Develop social media and online marketing strategies for education programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Event Coordination: Intern will gain hands-on experience in coordinating education programs and events.
  • Collaborative Programming: Interns will gain hands-on experience with the many moving parts of education program planning.
  • Artist Communication: Intern will gain experience in working with artists and arts educators directly and develop artist services skills.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Communications Intern

Project Description:

The Communications Intern will provide students with mentorship and hands-on experience related to the marketing and promotion of shows and events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, through specific concentration in the area of communications and public relations that help advance the mission of the Trust.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and distribute press releases for the variety of programs and events.
  • Copywriting assignments related to public communication pieces.
  • Assist in archives and documentation of season communications materials.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of promotional projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Collaborative Teamwork: Intern will gain significant experience interacting with and working alongside staff on smaller tasks for their respective teams, as well as aiding with the larger collaborative work.
  • Self Motivation: Intern will develop a sense of awareness for professional responsibility and investment in programmatic work.
  • Time Management: Intern will actively prioritize and establish effective strategies to manage multiple deadlines.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Development Intern

Project Description:

The Development department raises operating funds to support and enhance the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with the growth its development of the Cultural District. The department does this in a number of ways - direct mail solicitations, staff campaigns, grants, cultivations and special events.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in donor management including research, communication, event preparation and data maintenance.
  • Specific tasks may include building donor bios, creating company profiles for institutional giving prospects, and drafting messages for special solicitations.
  • Additional tasks and projects will be assigned based on intern’s strengths and interests.

Learning Objectives:

  • Donor Cycle Familiarity: Interns will gain an understanding of the fundraising cycle, from cultivation to stewardship. Interns will become familiar with donor relationship management through participation in direct mail solicitation and member events.
  • Donor Records Management: Interns will participate in donor record maintenance and gain an appreciation for the opportunities of segmentation and analytics available using clean data.
  • Donor Research Methods: Experience prospect research tools, methodology, and deliverables. Interns will learn how research influences donor interactions.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Digital Marketing Intern

Project Description:

The Digital Marketing team is responsible for all promotion and marketing of performance, visual arts and festival events at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust through digital media. The Digital Marketing intern will work on projects that help support and advance marketing and communication efforts to reach audiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Website Management: The Trust has a number of websites and microsites to maintain. This position will be involved with keeping these sites up-to-date with current information as well as working on archival projects.
  • Social Media Management: The intern will assist with brainstorming and publishing content across various social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Writing: The intern will contribute stories for blogs and assist with copywriting initiatives for email campaigns, social media posts, and websites.

Learning Objectives:

  • Collaborative Teamwork: Intern will gain significant experience interacting with and working alongside staff on smaller tasks for their respective teams, as well as aiding with the larger collaborative work.
  • Media-specific messaging: Intern will adapt advertising language and campaign materials using specific messaging techniques for social media, email marketing, and website projects.
  • Time management: Interns will actively prioritize and establish effective strategies to manage multiple deadlines.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Festival Programming Intern

Project Description:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust produces a number of festivals to celebrate the performing arts in its many forms, often in unique places in spaces in the Cultural District. The Festival Programming Intern will work on the various large-scale public festivals, including Highmark First Night Pittsburgh (Fall) and the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (Spring/Summer).

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the planning process of the various festival programs.
  • Assist with advance coordination of artists, performers, and musicians.
  • Work with Marketing Department on marketing, promotions, and social media for festivals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Event Coordination: Intern will gain hands-on experience in coordinating performances, festivals, and events.
  • Collaborative Programming: Interns will gain hands-on experience with the many moving parts of festival planning.
  • Artist Communication: Intern will gain experience in working with artists directly and develop artist services skills, such as arranging travel and housing, providing hospitality needs, and serving as a point of contact.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Marketing Intern

Project Description:

The Marketing Department is responsible for all promotion and marketing of performance, visual arts and festival events at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Marketing intern will work on projects that help support and advance marketing and communication efforts to reach audiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Marketing Managers with marketing plans and communication efforts on Trust presentation and festivals. This could include: Broadway; Dance; Music; Youth; Education; Bookish in the ‘Burgh; Pittsburgh Humanities Festival; Children’s Theater Festival; Three Rivers Arts Festival and more.
  • Create grassroots marketing opportunities with research and relationship building with community partners.
  • Maintain Cultural Trust brand and show presence throughout Cultural District.
  • Write event and festival specific content for blogs, website, emails, and other marketing communications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Effective Communication: Interns improve written and verbal communication skills by interacting with a wide constituency base, including internal staff, community partners, media and touring show representatives.
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Interns will gain significant experience interacting with and working alongside staff on smaller tasks for their respective teams, as well as aiding with the larger collaborative.
  • Media-specific messaging: Interns adapt advertising language and campaign materials using specific messaging techniques for print, radio, and web channels.
  • Time management: Interns will actively prioritize and establish effective strategies to manage multiple deadlines.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Intern

Project Description:

The Strategic Partnerships/ Community Engagement Department provides a variety of programs and events to the Pittsburgh community. The department works with dozens of arts organizations, universities, corporations, and community groups throughout the city and surrounding areas, to better connect diverse audiences and people of all ages, to the arts.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Tessitura database of organizational strategic partners.
  • Identify prospective strategic partners for specific organizational programs and initiatives around audience development.
  • Assist with seasonal event logistics and communication where needed. This includes but is not limited to Gallery Crawls and BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Self-Motivation: Intern will develop a sense of awareness for professional responsibility.
  • CRM Experience: Intern will learn how to use Tessitura software, an application used by over 650 arts and culture organizations to manage ticketing, fundraising, customer relationships, and marketing activities.
  • Effective Communication: Interns improve written and verbal communication skills by interacting with a wide constituency base, including first time event attendees, new strategic partners, and potential collaborators.
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Interns will gain experience interacting with and working alongside staff on smaller tasks, as well as aiding with larger collaborative and ongoing projects.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Youth Programming Intern

Project Description:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents international, national, and regional performing, literary, and visual arts programming of professional quality for the cultural enrichment and education of children, teens, and families. The Youth Programming Intern will work on the various divisions of youth programming, including the Children’s Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series, EQT Children’s Theater Festival, and Bookish in the ‘Burgh Festival.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the planning process of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival and Bookish in the ‘Burgh Festival.
  • Assist with advance coordination of artists, shows and events on the Children’s Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series, and Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.
  • Contribute to show offers, budgets, contracts, and show settlement processes.
  • Work with Programming Youth Advisory Board and Teen Ambassadors.
  • Develop outreach and grassroots marketing strategies for youth theater and literature programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Event Coordination: Intern will gain hands-on experience in coordinating performances, festivals, and events.
  • Collaborative Programming: Interns will gain hands-on experience with the many moving parts of season planning.
  • Artist Communication: Intern will gain experience in working with artists directly and develop artist services skills, such as arranging travel and housing, providing hospitality needs, and serving as a point of contact.

Internship Requirements:

  • 10-12 weeks, 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per semester)
  • Rising junior, senior, or one year post undergraduate degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s program.

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