About the WaterFire Internship Program

WaterFire interns will be given an up-close view of the inner workings of a major nonprofit organization dedicated to the ritual of renewal in a city through the magic of art and music, water and fire. An internship at WaterFire is a very unique experience allowing interns to work side-by-side with staff and members of the community to present an amazing and moving event.

Whether an intern is interested in learning more about the workings of a nonprofit, about art, theater, music, or community, an internship at WaterFire combines it all.

A WaterFire intern will finish his or her internship with experience in many areas: nonprofit public arts administration, fundraising, event planning, and a better understanding of the intersection between art & culture and community.

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Internship Opportunities

Marketing & Development | Special Events & Operations | Art & Research | Arts Management | Event Staffing and Volunteer Management | Nonprofit Management | Videography & Media | Social Media | Branding and Merchandise

Marketing & Development

The Marketing & Development Intern will work closely with the Director of Resource Development, the Development Associate, and other members of the WaterFire staff to prepare for and carry out WaterFire events.

Activities include: press releases, sponsorship relations, media contacts, organizing and project planning, website maintenance, new media projects, assistance at events and more. Responsibilities on the evenings of the event which may include: communicating with volunteers and VIP guests, set-up, errand running, organizing boat rides, decorating, breakdown, and clean-up.

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Special Events & Operations

The Special Events & Operations Intern will work closely with the Director of Events and Operations and other members of the WaterFire staff to prepare for and carry out WaterFire events.

Activites include: clerical and administrative tasks necessary to prepare for the events, assistance with event operations and coordination, physical tasks in preparation for the events, as well as a wide range of responsibilities on the evenings of the event which may include: set-up of receptions and stages, errand running, filling braziers with wood, cleaning up the river, decorating, breakdown, and clean-up.

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Art & Research

The Art & Research Intern will work closely with the Graphics Designer and other members of the WaterFire staff to prepare for and carry out WaterFire related events.

Activities include: research associated with grants, public art, cultural collaborations, & creative fundraising strategies; preparing and designing manuals for various aspects of the WaterFire event (invites, signage, pamphlets, etc); updating and authoring portions of the website; preparing press materials; errand running; and various clerical and administrative tasks. Some experience with (or willingness to learn) Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator are helpful.

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Arts Management

Working with the WaterFire artistic team, the Intern will assist in this creative process.  Through relationship building with local artistic partners, problem solving in logistical details, and assisting in support functions , the intern will gain insight into the creative process involved in an arts organization.

Activities include: Support the Artistic Director in collaboration with external financial and artistic partners, research projects as needed, assisting in the management of a major arts grant, and collaborating and problem solving logistical details involved in new artistic ventures.

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Internship Requirements

  • Required skills include:
  • The ability to confidently take and follow direction, as well as multitask
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work well independently and with others
  • Access to a car and a valid driver’s license are preferable
  • Genuine interest in art, culture and community, and WaterFire

All WaterFire internships are hosted at the WaterFire Providence Studio – 101 Regent Avenue, Providence, RI 02908. Full-time and Part-time internships are available during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. Times vary and are flexible – please inquire for details.

All WaterFire internships are unpaid. Internships may be done for academic credit, career exploration, or service learning.

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How to Apply

We accept internships on a rolling basis throughout the year. To apply for an internship position, please email us your cover letter and resume to internships@waterfire.org. We would appreciate if you would include which internship you are applying for in the subject of your email as well as in the body of your cover letter.

For more information about interning at WaterFire contact internships@waterfire.org.

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Event Staffing and Volunteer Management

The Volunteer & Community Outreach Intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and other members of the WaterFire staff to prepare for and carry out WaterFire events.

Activities include: clerical and administrative tasks necessary to prepare for the events, assistance with volunteer coordination, physical tasks in preparation for the events, as well as a wide range of responsibilities on the evenings of the event. Event day tasks might include: set-up, errand running, filling braziers with wood, organizing lunch for the volunteers, cleaning up the river, gardening, decorating, staffing donation stations, fire tending, breakdown, and clean-up.

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Nonprofit Management

Work closely with WaterFire Management on grant-making and assisting in other long term strategic planning working towards greater organizational sustainability.

Activities include: Working on grant research and grant writing, using social media a tool, investigating organizational relationship building, running errands, researching and fact finding based upon needs of management, sitting in and assisting in meetings, and managing small groups of volunteers during events.

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Videography and Media

Working directly with the Associate Media Producer, this internship will involve assisting in video production, post-production and marketing projects for the 2014 WaterFire season. Projects and tasks might include capturing significant occurrences during WaterFire lightings, assisting in various marketing projects utilizing video captured during the season, editing and post-production work on material for both internal and external sources, working with and organizing the WaterFire Media Library, and assisting in the program and project development.

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Social Media

Working with the Managing Director of WaterFire Providence and collaborate with the rest of the digital media team in developing and executing WaterFire’s digital media engagement strategy.  This intern will work to maximize WaterFire’s communication with its stakeholders and also look for new ways to utilize social media to promote and engage audience. Along the way you will also gain critical insight into the nonprofit sector, cause marketing, creative process, and ever evolving interaction between WaterFire and the community.

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Branding and Merchandise

Work to develop, market, and brand WaterFire as it continues to expand its merchandising during WaterFire’s events and through its online store. Working with the graphic artist and head of merchandise, this intern will work primarily to market the WaterFire brand through product design/placement and reaching out to new contributors and markets in an effort to grow the brand name, increase sales, and to help to develop new products.

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