IIP Internships in the Arts
Location: Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (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. Opening pathways to long-term development of the community is Ankuri’s ultimate goal. They achieve their mission through four distinct programs: craft and vocational training, a literacy program, a medical program and a travel program. The craft and vocational traiing program trains women in knitting, weaving and stitching. For this program they are looking for IIP candidates who are interested in being designers and trainers. The literacy program provides 20-35 children english language classes and soft skills classes. IIP interns selected for this program should have a passion in education and ideas on how to best upgrade the resources of the program. For the medical program, Ankuri in partnership with Dil Se foundation provides villages in with annual medical camps. IIP interns may help run these camps in partnership with local physicians. The medical camps have provided villagers with access to primary care, cataract surgeries, cervical cancer screening, maternal and child health care and immunizations. Lastly, for their travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize the organization to organizations and individuals both within India and abroad. IIP candidates with interests in microfinance, economic and community development, public health, literacy, and/or education are encouraged to apply. Five placements have been established for International Internship Program, (IIP) interns.
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Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
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
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
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 2017and TO APPLY, click here: Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation|