IIP Internships in the Arts
Location: Dehradun and Uttrakhand, India
About: The Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) was started in 2000 as a series of meetings of village women in the rural area outside Dehrarun, in northwest India. The meetings arose as the women began to think of ways to generate employment. Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, ANKURI empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training (knitting, stitching and embroidery, spinning, and weaving), a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program.
Intern Responsibilities: Based on the program area, IIP interns in the literacy program will provide about children English language classes and soft skills classes; in the medical program, interns will help run the annual medical camp in partnership with local physicians and in the travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize and promote the work of the organization. Specific projects include:
- Development of classroom resources such as flash cards, maps, learning games and lesson plans. Lead classroom-related projects and participate in others.
- Development and enhancement of ANKURI's media and social media presence. Projects for 2016 include continuing upkeep of the Facebook presence, development of program's presence on other social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Development of business tools and resources for the programs. Maintain and enhance the craft center inventory database and accounts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in teaching, art, communications (including social media), design (including fashion design), community development, theater and/or film are encouraged to apply. Skills in creating/enhancing webpages, and utilizing art skills to make teaching aids, signs, etc. would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: We inventoried finished products, started translating a women's ledger, created resources for the literacy center, taught kids, inventoried the books in the literacy center, supervised other interns, worked on the social media and websites, and looked at ways to advertise ANKURI and assessed its impact through surveys.…I think my work really grounded the organization and made them more aware of how their organization works and how it's impacting the community. I also set up resources for future interns and have found ways to let more people know about ANKURI…I learned how important it is to test a resources out on the kids before assuming that they will love it or it will help them. I learned how to incorporate what I read in the news into daily conversations and also how to make processes more efficient. Intern #2:Our daily work responsibilities were making lesson plans, teaching classes (for about two hours), and making resources such as flashcards for the classroom. In addition, we were given projects such as creating a spreadsheet inventory of all the finished wool products in their craft center, creating an inventory of all the literacy center resources (ie. books, puzzles, stories, etc.), and editing the website. We also conducted a survey created by a previous intern to assess the impact of the organization on the local women… I learned a lot about teaching children, how to work in close cooperation with two others, and how to work under a supervisor when given more vague directions than I've been used to in school, (allowing me to bounce my own ideas and put my input in). Intern #3: We taught English lessons to local kids. We also worked on more long term projects. I was put in charge of making flash cards to correspond with one of the English textbooks, which was a massive job because the book was huge. I also was asked to draw pictures on a map of the world for the classroom, and over the first few weeks I made an alphabet banner to go in the classroom...Throughout this placement, we came up with lesson plans for the kids and then tested them out in the afternoons and wrote what went well and what didn't. We tried to tailor little lessons to each level…So we focused on creating resources for the classroom that were appropriate for the age groups of the kids- anywhere from 4 to 12…We definitely improved the teaching resources for future interns and by the time we left had an actual curriculum planned, with directions for activities and flashcards etc…This experience has taught me how to think creatively about what kids will enjoy doing in class and what they'll get out of activities. I'd never really thought about how teachers prepared lessons or even if they cared what the kids learned, but being on the other side really opens up a new perspective. When teaching the small groups I preferred to sit with the kids rather than stand in front of them, especially with the younger children.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern:
ANKURI Intern #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Ankuri
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
Location: Galway, Ireland
About: Baboró is Ireland’s flagship International Arts Festival for Children and Families. The festival presents a week of Irish and International work for children and families. The festival provides access to quality work from a growing number of Irish companies creating work for children and families. At the heart of the organization’s activities is access to the arts for all children, regardless of their geographic, economic, physical, intellectual, or cultural status.
Intern Responsibilities: As an essential part of the team preparing for this annual Festival in October, the IIP intern will be responsible for:
- Collating information on the performing companies coming to Baboró: This involves contacting the performing companies and obtaining information on names of company members traveling to Galway, photographs, videos, marketing material, descriptions of the productions, technical specifications, etc.
- Updating the Artist and Delegates Welcome Pack: All of the artists and delegates receive this welcome pack upon arrival in Galway. It provides information about Galway, places to eat, places of interest, information on Baboró and its mission, and information on all of the companies performing in Galway and their productions. The information the IIP intern collates on each company will form the basis of this pack - they will write a description of the company, a description of the show and list the names of the company who will be in Galway during the festival and add photos. They will also update the general information in the pack if necessary.
- Brochure Draft: Using the collated information on the companies and the text written, the IIP intern will begin the draft of the brochure. This draft will give basic information for each show and will be sent to the designer for the first draft of the brochure.
- Updating Baboró Website: Using the collated information and the draft of the brochure, the IIP intern will learn how to edit the website via WordPress and will create company and production pages.
- Update Teacher Packs: We provide free teacher pre-and-post engagement packs to encourage teachers to explore the arts with the class, prior to and following attendance at Baboró events. The IIP intern will update these packs with information on venues, companies and productions.
IIP interns will get a real taste of what goes into putting together a festival. They get to interact with lots of different people, from the artistic director, website designer, and brochure designer, to the performing companies and artists. They learn why productions are chosen, how venues are selected, what the festival's audience profile is, and all the finer details that go into a festival.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as proven experience of working well in a team are recommended.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP interns): Intern #1: My main responsibility was to create the official Welcome Pack for the incoming artists and delegates of the 2013 festival. This involved researching each participating company and its respective show, writing the company backgrounds and show descriptions, designing the welcome pack, and collecting business contact information/soliciting deals. I served as the point of contact for company managers, helped create festival schedules, and assisted in updating and revising the Baboró website. Intern #2:Designed, created, and assembled 300 craft kits for the festival to sell as merchandise. Also ordered other merchandise. Intern #3: I had wide ranging responsibilities. I created two short promotional videos and one general video, for which I had to research Baboro's history and conduct interviews of my colleagues. I also researched bus companies that were hired by schools to transport children for Baboro events and also wrote articles/blogs for their website and updated information - teacher packets,delegate packet, website and brochure. Intern #4: I started out mainly by working on the Welcome Pack- an informational packet that was handed out to the performing companies and delegates at the festival. I then started to put together shorter pieces that went into the brochure that was handed out to audiences of the festival. I also contacted the companies and collected images from them of the show and I organized those and was part of the process for choosing which ones to use for the brochure and pack. I felt that I learned many things from my experience there. First, from my specific projects I learned how to both compile and present information. Second, while I have worked to plan events in the past, I had never worked on something on such a large scale like this, so it was great to go into meetings with my colleagues and see how the different pieces that we've been working on (and there are many) were coming together. Third, because one of the shows went on sale while I was there I was able to learn a bit about public representation and how to market the festival.
View PowerPoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Baboro Intern #1
Baboro Intern #2
Baboro Intern #3
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Baboro International Festival for the Arts for Children|
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. The organization is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent. Over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. One placement has been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, the IIP intern will be responsible for one of the following projects:
- Assistant Online Radio Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the development of an online broadcasting outlet that aims to increase the provision of quality information about arts and culture. Specific responsibilities will include: carrying out competitive/environmental analysis; identifying technical options for online set-up; developing options for attractive programming; making recommendations for staffing and developing annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, and Media Coordinator. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Charity Lottery Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in the set-up of a charity lottery that would generate income and provide financial support in the area of arts and culture in Uganda. This IIP intern will help to carry out a feasibility study and develop an initial plan for the set-up of a charity lottery in support of arts and culture development. Specific responsibilities will include: identifying options for legally sound set-up of a charity lottery, presenting options for lottery modalities, making recommendations for legal set-up, making recommendations for staffing and developing an initial annual budget and financing strategy. This IIP intern will closely work with all other team members, particularly with the Director and the Head of Development. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
- Assistant Membership Development - Bayimba is looking for a team member to assist in enhancing Bayimba’s general membership program as well as establishing the Bayimba co-op as a separate but closely linked artist cooperative initiative. This IIP intern will help to enhance Bayimba’s membership programs. Specific responsibilities will include: assessing the current membership program and co-op, determining the rationale for membership programs vis-à-vis other objectives/initiatives, identifying options for improvement general membership program, and developing a strategy for Bayimba co-op development. This IIP intern will work closely with all other team members, particularly with the Director, Head of Development, staff members currently in charge of membership, and the Bayimba co-op team. The intern will attend staff meetings and is expected to contribute (using their experience and skills) to the further development of Bayimba as a whole.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry, organizational development, membership development, and/or media development are encouraged to apply. Experience in strategic business planning and development would be an asset. A good candidate would have good cross-cultural communication skills and experience with relevant software applications. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational, and collaborative skills.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: Researcher: developed framework for measuring the economic impact of music festivals in East Africa, which involved survey creation, interviews, and marketing; helped with logistics at music festivals (ticket sales, information); launched an artists' cooperative which gave Ugandan artists a vehicle for sharing performance opportunities, equipment, and skills/knowledge; transcribed speeches at associated events. Intern #2: I was the Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator. My responsibilities included brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc. Intern #3:The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is in the process of creating its own creative arts academy that it hopes to launch in 2017, the year the new curriculum for O-level (secondary school) students begins, where creative arts is one of the required subjects. In preparation for this, my main project was to conduct an external analysis on all forms of arts education in Uganda, with a focus in Kampala. Essentially, I gathered information on the competition and found challenges they've run into and heard advice they offered. I compiled a list of 100+ groups from governmental departments, official universities, international high schools, organizations/NGOs, individuals providing lessons, and international embassies that may provide funding. From there, I interviewed as many of these groups as possible gathering information such as the type of content they provide, the class structure, the demographic of students, the costs & funding, the resources, and future plans. At the very end, I wrote a report with all my findings together... In terms of work, as internet isn’t used nearly as much here and as people aren’t as reliant on it, I’ve learned the power of talking to people directly – especially when trying to schedule meetings. Also, I’ve noticed the unhealthy relationship with stress people have in the United States. Back home, it almost feels as if you always need to be stressed, or at least show that you’re stressed, in order to feel like you’re doing something productive. The work environment is much more relaxed here, in terms of punctuality as well as atmosphere, yet you know everyone is very busy and is accomplishing something each day. It really puts what I’ve accepted as normal into perspective. Intern #4: I had two separate projects. One was working with consultants that they've hired to see which direction to take the production business in. I traveled with them to various production companies to interview them about best practices, and I also collaborated with them on a strategic recommendation for 2016-2018. My other project was making a quarterly report for the productions business (this is their profit making arm). I researched global and Ugandan economic climates to make suggestions about ways to move forward and correct issues from last quarter. I also looked at yields of the business' investments and strategies for those moving forward...I'm learned a lot about the complexities of running an organization of this size, especially with a limited staff. There's pretty much one person for every department who does everything in that department, so we were crazy busy when we were preparing for a regional festival. I also learned more about how what I learned in economics class actually applies to businesses and how the things I learned in the classroom translate into the real world, which is to say a lot differently. Developing economies are tricky to navigate when developing a business.
View Powerpoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Bayimba Intern #1
Bayimba Intern #2
Bayimba Intern #3
Bayimba Intern #4
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Bayimba Cultural Foundation
SAMRO (Southern Africa Music Rights Organization) Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: The aims and objectives of the SAMRO Foundation include the promotion of the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, encouraging excellence in the arts through education, facilitating economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policy by means of research and advocacy, and promoting living cultural heritage.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will be responsible for: organizing and conducting workshops on various issues surrounding preservation and promotion of music; organizing small-scale exhibitions on certain South African composers and their works; conducting research on South African composers in order to compile comprehensive profiles for exhibitions and workshops; assisting the team to further develop the current Music Archive Marketing Strategy; and strengthening the SAMRO Foundation's website and social media presence.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in marketing, communications, music and the creative industries (arts, culture and heritage) are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in project management, research, and/or archival databases would be an asset.
View a power point by a past IIP intern:
SAMRO Intern #1
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation