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About the Internship Program at WaterFire Providence

WaterFire Providence’s interns are 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 Providence is a very unique experience that allows 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, or about art, theater, music, or community, an internship at WaterFire Providence combines them all.

A WaterFire Providence 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.

Check out our intern tumblr for a look behind the scenes of day-to-day operations at WaterFire Providence!

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Internship Requirements

  • 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 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 Providence internships are hosted at the WaterFire Arts Center located at 475 Valley Street, 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 Providence internships are unpaid. Internships may be done for academic credit, career exploration, or service learning.

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for the Summer and Fall 2018 terms.

We highly encourage prospective interns to volunteer with us during our event season. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

We accept internships on a rolling basis throughout the year. To apply for an internship position, please email your cover letter and resume to Jamie Leiva, Manager of Volunteer Resources.  You can also apply for these opportunities on internships.com. 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 Jamie Leiva, Manager of Volunteer Resources.

Internship Opportunities

Marketing & Development | Special Events & Operations | Art, Design & Research | Arts Management | Administrative Assistant | Photography and Visual Documentation | Volunteer Management and Engagement | Nonprofit Management | Videography & Media | Social Media | Branding and Merchandise | Production Maintenance and Repair | Production – In Office

Marketing & Development
spring | summer | fall | winter

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
spring | summer | fall

Work to prepare for and carry out the WaterFire event, focusing on special events, receptions, performers and operations-related tasks. Partake in a variety of activities including clerical and administrative tasks, assist with event planning and coordination. Assist with set up and breakdown of event venues; work with volunteers to complete tasks and projects, conduct research directed toward event-related artwork and performance. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Event Management!

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Arts, Design & Research
spring | summer | fall | winter

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, and 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
spring | summer | fall

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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Administrative Assistant

The intern selected for this internship will work alongside the Office Manager of WaterFire Providence, assisting in special projects and following up with business details of the event. This intern will also be supporting the daily office functions and duties for event recap.

Activities include: assist in the daily office activities, work alongside the Office Manager with the monthly invoices/statements, contribute with the event recap activities, be available to answer all enquires that come through the office during the day of an event, manage pre-event business preparations, and enhancements to team effort by accomplishing related duties as needed.

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Photography and Visual Documentation
spring | summer | fall | winter

The intern will work to prepare for and carry out WaterFire photography for events, capturing special performances, stage performances, receptions, volunteers, the audience, and general WaterFire perspectives. The internship will involve the Intern in a variety of activities including clerical and administrative tasks necessary to prepare for the events, assistance with photography database within the office, work with other interns to provide edited photos with proper resolution and size for web or print materials, and a wide range of responsibilities on the evenings of the event.

Activities include: organization of current photo library, photo documentation of specified events at WaterFire events from prep work to breakdown, volunteer management, and categorization of incoming photography.

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Volunteer Management and Engagement
spring | summer | fall | winter

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, and 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
spring | summer | fall

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 as 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
spring | summer | fall | winter

Working directly with the Associate Media Producer, this internship will involve assisting in video production and 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
spring | summer | fall | winter

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 audiences. 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
spring | summer | fall | winter

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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Production Maintenance and Repair
spring| winter

Production Maintenance and Repair Interns will work to prepare for and carry out WaterFire Providences’ operations-related tasks in preparation for events. They will partake in a variety of production activities, including maintenance and repair of product. This individual will be working with the Production Department to complete tasks and projects.

Activities include: sanding and preparing of boats, including metal, aluminum, and wood, repairs including fiberglass patching, repairing and replacing navigation lights, maintenance of outboard marine motors, welding repairs, basic electrical repairs, and dismantling company product (including braziers and boats).

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Production – In Office
spring | summer

Primary responsibilities are with the Production Department, focusing on administrative tasks assigned by the Production Manager, partake in a variety of activities including clerical and administrative tasks, assist with organizing Production Office and conducting inventory. Other duties will be assigned by the Production Manager that may include focusing on assisting with set-up and breakdown of event venues, and working with volunteers to complete tasks and project.

Activities include: logging of all production department inventory, organizing and maintaining Production Office, shopping and materials research, park cleanup, volunteer management, and event site breakdown.

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