Summer Internship Opportunity in MHK Summer 2017

Summer Internship Opportunity:  Unexpected Performances in Unconventional Places

AHA! Manhattan, the Arts & Humanities Association of Manhattan, is seeking an intern for a unique internship opportunity during the summer of 2017. AHA! is a consortium of local organizations involved in the arts and humanities. The internship shall run from June 1 through August 12 with variable hours each week. Start and end dates may be negotiated.

A significant component of the internship will be public performance and interaction, with a particular emphasis on connecting with communities and populations unaware of arts and humanities opportunities in the area.  In addition to performing, the intern should also encourage participation. The intern will be the primary performer/educator.

Some potential examples:

  • Create sidewalk art and invite people to draw.
  • Have a poetry reading at the splash park then have the children write their own poems.
  • Lead spontaneous tours of historic Manhattan.
  • Give musical performance with opportunities to participate or ask questions.

These are only examples. The intern is encouraged to think creatively about how to engage community members in the arts and humanities. The intern may also do presentations for community groups and organizations.

The internship includes a $500 stipend with an additional $100+ available for material reimbursement.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • The intern shall average 2 hours per week performing or presenting to the public. An aspect of this should include community participation or interaction.
  • The internship shall average 2 hours per week developing their program, including making contacts within the community.
  • Keep a log of time spent with descriptions of events and analysis of event success.
  • Update and maintain a procedures manual with community contacts.
  • Have an awareness of and promote upcoming Aha! member events.
  • Weekly or as needed meetings with Aha! intern advisors.
  • Attend monthly Aha! meetings when possible.
  • Post regularly to social media.

Submit a cover letter describing your vision for outreach activity with resume and references to mertz@cityofmhk.com by March 1, 2017. Interviews will take place during the month of March with the internship announced by April 1.

Goal: To create a community based interactive internship benefiting the intern, Aha!, and the Manhattan community.

Benefits

Intern:

  • Develop performance or public interaction skills. (street performer/educator)
  • Gain understanding of networking and outreach.

 

Aha!:

  • Promote Aha! within the community.
  • Increase mission of supporting the arts and humanities within Manhattan.

 

Manhattan:

  • Provide entertainment and education to the community at large with special emphasis on underserved populations.
  • Improve quality of life.
  • Gain awareness of arts and humanities organizations and opportunities in Manhattan.

 

Proposal:   A $500 summer internship, plus $100 or more for expense reimbursement, for a student studying the arts or humanities from June 1 through August 12. Dates are negotiable.

 

Duties:

  • The intern shall spend 2 hours per week performing or presenting to the public. An aspect of this should include community participation or interaction.
  • The intern shall spend 2 hours per week developing their program, including time spent making contacts within the community.
  • Keep a log of time spent with descriptions of events and analysis of event success.
  • Update and maintain a procedures manual with community contacts.
  • Have an awareness of and promote upcoming Aha! member events.
  • Meet weekly with intern advisors.
  • Attend monthly Aha! meetings when possible.
  • Post regularly to social media.
2017 Aha Internship Flyer