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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
  • 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 interns on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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! I'm Julie. I'm the graphic design Intern this spring and I am an undergrad from @risd1877. I am very excited about joining the team and be a part of this dynamic community at WaterFire. I hope to gain valuable design experience from this opportunity! Nice to meet you! I love pancakes!

Hi! I`m Julie. I`m the graphic design Intern this spring and I am an undergrad from @risd1877. I am very excited about joining the team and be a part of this dynamic community at WaterFire. I hope to gain valuable design experience from this opportunity! Nice to meet you! I love pancakes!

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Hi!! I’m Lexi (she/her) and I’ve joined WaterFire’s family as the Volunteer and Event Management Intern this Spring! As a 21-year-old Aquarius Woman, my top 5 are: The Sun, Laughing, Jewelry, Beef Teriyaki, and “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite. 

I’m a proud Cranstonian and am starting my third semester as a Communications Major at @ccri1964 . Right now I am dreaming of and working hard towards becoming an Event Planner! With this Internship, I hope to learn, grow, and bring a creative and enthusiastic energy to the team. I can’t wait to see where this experience takes me!

Hi!! I’m Lexi (she/her) and I’ve joined WaterFire’s family as the Volunteer and Event Management Intern this Spring! As a 21-year-old Aquarius Woman, my top 5 are: The Sun, Laughing, Jewelry, Beef Teriyaki, and “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite.

I’m a proud Cranstonian and am starting my third semester as a Communications Major at @ccri1964 . Right now I am dreaming of and working hard towards becoming an Event Planner! With this Internship, I hope to learn, grow, and bring a creative and enthusiastic energy to the team. I can’t wait to see where this experience takes me!

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Hi! My name is Jake Cummings. I'm a senior at Cranston High School West, and am a 4th year student in the Graphic Communications program at the school's Career and Technical Center. I'm planning on going to college for graphic design, and am super excited to get to work with WaterFire's Creative Services department as an intern! I am grateful to be given this unique opportunity to work with like-minded people and to prepare myself for whatever lies ahead!

Hi! My name is Jake Cummings. I`m a senior at Cranston High School West, and am a 4th year student in the Graphic Communications program at the school`s Career and Technical Center. I`m planning on going to college for graphic design, and am super excited to get to work with WaterFire`s Creative Services department as an intern! I am grateful to be given this unique opportunity to work with like-minded people and to prepare myself for whatever lies ahead!

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Hi everyone, I'm Sarah! ✨

I’m proud to say that I am joining WaterFire as an intern of the Creative Services department! Currently, I am a senior in the Graphic Communications program at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center. Through my time here, I aim to get a better idea of what it's like to work in a creative field and to be a part of a team. I love to use art as a way to interact with the wider community, so I am very excited to contribute through WaterFire!

Hi everyone, I`m Sarah! ✨

I’m proud to say that I am joining WaterFire as an intern of the Creative Services department! Currently, I am a senior in the Graphic Communications program at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center. Through my time here, I aim to get a better idea of what it`s like to work in a creative field and to be a part of a team. I love to use art as a way to interact with the wider community, so I am very excited to contribute through WaterFire!

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