The Arizona Citizens for the Arts Internship Program provides a person the opportunity to learn and participate in the operation of the states’ 40-year-old arts advocacy organization. Through a combination of survey projects, data tracking, and state-wide relationships the intern will gain an understanding of arts advocacy. Intern will learn/practice skills in office tasks, community outreach, and public policy.
The Public Policy Intern should be energetic, organized,and extremely detail oriented. This position reports to the Executive Director. The intern will be expected to be prompt, contribute ideas, and is encouraged to be vocal with their ideas.
The main task of the summer intern will be focused on candidate surveys, political research, and then dissemination of the information gained. With state primaries in the fall and several school board elections coming up, the intern will be tasked with updating and administering candidate surveys, preparing voter education information to be shared through e-blasts, our website, and digital media, and other duties as assigned.
1. Work alongside staff and committees to help move tasks forward
2. Attend key meetings, conference calls,and take notes
3. Online research of various items (Ballot Initiatives, School board elections, State legislator elections)
4. Draft and disseminate candidate surveys to those running for office and follow up with survey respondents
5. Compile comprehensive voter educational information
6. Database management, mass mailings, and other general office needs
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Excellent verbal and written communication.
2. Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Internet research required and/or equivalent applications e.g. Google Suite
3.Must be detail oriented and show initiative
4. Ability to learn new software, technologies and processes easily
5. Background in Community organizing, Communication, Non-Profit Management, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Art Administration
6. Interest in the arts, public policy and grassroots community outreach and organization
Must be able to work remotely and have reliable access to a computer and the internet.
How to Apply:
The following must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. A letter of interest including your descriptions of relevant experience or special interests and why you are interested in this internship.
2. One or more of the following: a writing sample, a sample of data collection or statistical writing, preferably one that demonstrates your ability to be highly detailed in the realm of surveys and data entry
3. Three references
Arizona Citizens for the Arts has been a primarily white organization for its 40 years in operation. This year we put out this statement: “As an organization whose job it is to fight for statewide funding for the arts and culture, and for arts in K-12 schooling, we believe in calling out racism and are horrified by incidents of brutality against black people. We pledge to listen more intently to the voices of the under-represented, to hold ourselves accountable in the embodiment of the change that needs to happen, and to commit to be more representative of the Black community.”
What that means to potential applicants: We will do everything possible to create a safe space for you within our organization and not put the burden of having non-white people teach us how to be better humans.