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The Internship Program at WaterFire Providence

About our Internship Program

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 the WaterFire Intern Tumblr for a look behind the scenes of day-to-day operations at WaterFire Providence!

Internship Requirements

WaterFire is following the guidelines of the CDC and the RI state governor in regard to the COVID-19 virus. Most internships include remote work and in-person hours at the WaterFire Arts Center.

  • The ability to confidently take and follow directions, as well as multitask
  • Experience with Google Docs/Sheets, Google Calendar, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Interns are expected to be outgoing on social media and to represent the Internship Program on our blog and on Instagram
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and with others
  • Access to a car and a valid driver’s license is preferable
  • A genuine interest in art, culture, community, and WaterFire’s mission
How to Apply

We accept internships on a rolling basis throughout the year. To apply for an internship position, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. You can also apply for these opportunities on JoinHandShake.com. Please include the internship you are interested in applying for in your cover letter. 

All WaterFire Providence internships are hosted at the WaterFire Arts Center, 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.

For more information about interning at WaterFire contact Gary Saint Laurent.

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

    Hi guys! My name is Alyson Lowney and I’m currently a junior studying marketing and graphic design at Roger Williams University (@myrwu). I’m so excited to be in Providence joining WaterFire and their Creative Services department! I can’t wait to meet everyone:)

    Hi guys! My name is Alyson Lowney and I’m currently a junior studying marketing and graphic design at Roger Williams University (@myrwu). I’m so excited to be in Providence joining WaterFire and their Creative Services department! I can’t wait to meet everyone:) ...

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    Hi everyone! My name is Nadia Tatum and I’m currently a Public Relations/Social Media intern at @waterfireprov. I’m currently a senior at Providence College studying Sociology and Marketing. Being that I am originally from Southern California, interning for an organization that puts so much into the city that I have been lucky enough to call home the last three years has been a very exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!!

    Hi everyone! My name is Nadia Tatum and I’m currently a Public Relations/Social Media intern at @waterfireprov. I’m currently a senior at Providence College studying Sociology and Marketing. Being that I am originally from Southern California, interning for an organization that puts so much into the city that I have been lucky enough to call home the last three years has been a very exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!! ...

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    Hi there! My name is Court, and I am the Arts Management intern here with @waterfireartscenter . I’m fortunate enough to be  born and raised in RI. I am currently studying at Johnson & Wales University as a psychology major with a minor in gender studies. Excited does not begin to cover how ecstatic I am to be collaborating with professional artists and creative thinkers in the energetic city of Providence! I am eager to see hands on how art can be delivered to the community, and to gain insight into the facilitation process thats behind the captivating WaterFire Arts Center’s gallery. I hope to carry this experience with me in the future as I pursue a career in museum curation.

    Hi there! My name is Court, and I am the Arts Management intern here with @waterfireartscenter . I’m fortunate enough to be born and raised in RI. I am currently studying at Johnson & Wales University as a psychology major with a minor in gender studies. Excited does not begin to cover how ecstatic I am to be collaborating with professional artists and creative thinkers in the energetic city of Providence! I am eager to see hands on how art can be delivered to the community, and to gain insight into the facilitation process thats behind the captivating WaterFire Arts Center’s gallery. I hope to carry this experience with me in the future as I pursue a career in museum curation. ...

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