IIP Placements in the Arts
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
Location: Galway, Ireland
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. It brings the most diverse selection of world-class events from Ireland and around the world to its annual one-week festival in Galway each October. The IIP intern will be an essential part of their team as they prepare for their 16th annual festival. The IIP intern will be responsible for updating and developing the Welcome Pack for Artists and Delegates, working on the Google AdWords campaign, updating the Baboró website with Festival information, conducting web research for Baboró, and other duties as they arise. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to develop additional projects in line with the needs of the 2014 Festival. IIP candidates with an interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP interns): Intern One: 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 Two: Designed, created, and assembled 300 craft kits for the festival to sell as merchandise. Also ordered other merchandise.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. It also recognizes the potential of the arts and creative arts industry in Uganda and believes that it offers viable options for self realization by individual artists as well as arts organizations and that it contributes to social and economic development in Uganda. The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent and over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. This summer, IIP interns will together be responsible for the execution of a comprehensive stakeholder analysis (in Kampala as well as various up-country locations), collecting views and perspectives about Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses, as the external component of a wider Organizational Capacity Assessment exercise that will inform the development of Bayimba's next Strategic Plan (2016-2020) and further strengthen Bayimba's overall programs and activities. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include preparing tools and discussion guides for interviews, creating a list of internal and external stakeholders, carrying out one-on-one interviews with stakeholders, drafting a final report with perspectives on Bayimba's performance, relevance, strengths and weaknesses,attending staff meetings and presenting and discussing the findings with the full Bayimba team. IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and interests in the creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in stakeholder identification, cross-cultural communication and interviewing, data processing, and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills. Two placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): 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: Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator: brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc.
The Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ, and Alexander Upstairs
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Town Edge is a festival within a festival. They bring together productions that show off the lively, diverse, and high quality theater industry of Cape Town and create a vibrant space at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival for them to thrive. ASSITEJ South Africa is the national network of ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse/The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People). ASSITEJ is a global alliance linking thousands of theaters, organizations and individuals in more than 80 countries, working in the field of theater for children and young people. ASSITEJ SA links theater practitioners, organizations, schools and companies across the country who share a belief in the transformative difference that theater can make in the lives of young people. ASSITEJ SA focuses on creating access to theater for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists, empowering arts’ education, and connecting and advocating for the arts in the lives of young people. The main project of ASSITEJ will be a sister project of Cape Town Edge. Alexander Upstairs is a professional theater. The intern would work on production and marketing, including learning aspects of technical theater (sound, lighting, set, and multimedia. This IIP placement is with all three entities: the Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ and Alexander Upstairs. IIP responsibilities may include but are not limited to: overseeing productions (including technical dimensions), hands on marketing, the collection and collation of audience data, and the presentation of workshops. IIP interns will have the opportunity to take initiative and run with a number of aspects of the planned projects, depending on their skills and interest. There is also the opportunity to travel to another festival with a production from National Arts Festival, Grahamstown before returning to Cape Town to wrap up projects. Previous IIP interns have created a budget for the performances at the festival, drafted reports for sponsors, contributed website content and managed other festival related logistics. IIP candidates with interests in the performing arts, arts administration, theater, working behind-the-scenes in theater, working with children, and doing workshops are encouraged to apply. Technical experience in running a theater show and knowledge of the backstage workings of a theater would be an asset. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
College Year in Athens
Location: Athens, Greece
College Year in Athens (CYA) is a study abroad program focused on the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece--a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past. The IIP intern will assist the Associate Academic Director with a variety of tasks related to educational support and research. In terms of specific responsibilities, the IIP intern will assist in the organization of faculty development workshops (research as well as the preparation of printed materials). The IIP intern will also assist in updating and expanding the CYA Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook, providing recommendations and describing procedures and regulations, which will require extensive research and meticulous detailing of procedures. In addition, the IIP intern will assist in the digitization of CYA's Historical Archives (the development and contextualization process) and will follow on-site classes and produce digital and written material to be used in social media. IIP candidates must be in their sophomore or junior year and demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and dependability. IIP candidates with a background in the humanities and social sciences with specific interest in Greece and southern Europe are encouraged to apply. Modern Greek would be an asset but is not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Crafts Museum/National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum
Location: New Delhi, India
The Crafts Museum is the national museum of crafts and the repository of some of the finest examples of India's rich craft heritage. Craft continues to be a significant source of livelihood for millions of people, especially in rural India, and the Crafts Museum attempts, through its various programs, to support their activities. Thus, in addition to the usual educational function of a museum, the Crafts Museum plays an important role in advocacy of the craft sector. The original museum collection was built by one of the greatest advocates of crafts in India, the legendary freedom fighter and visionary, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, whose tireless efforts to invigorate the craft sector have been critical to its growth and survival. The main projects that the Crafts Museum is currently focusing on are: digitization, re-organization of the museum store, preparation of a new catalog, publication of manuscripts, and designing a new website. These internships will be appropriate for students interested in anthropology, architecture, art, design, English, history, or any other discipline within the broad areas of the humanities and social studies/sciences. Fluency in English will suffice though some facility in Hindi could be very helpful in some projects. Four placements were created for the International Internship Program.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: I worked 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every weekday. In the time I worked there, I edited a manuscript about Indian embroidery among the Kharak people specifically. I helped design an exhibit on games for the museum, which included writing a curatorial note for the exhibit, drawing up basic floor plans for the exhibit, and finding and organizing the games that would be used. Towards the end of my internship, I began working on a collaboration with the Google Art Project, so I photographed perhaps 50 items in the museum and began to locate background information on each piece. Intern 2: Edited two-hundred page published Government of India study of the crafts of the Gujarat region, proposed a multimedia contemporary art exhibition on traditional and modern games in India, contributed photographs to the Google Art Project, and contributed to an exhibition. Intern 3: Edited a manuscript for publication by the museum press. Wrote the content of the new Crafts Museum website and consulted on the design for the website. Wrote the curatorial note for an upcoming exhibition in collaboration with a contemporary arts crafts organization.
Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust is an organization that provides financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions, and activities with the ultimate aim of contributing to the development of the culture sector in Zimbabwe. The Culture Fund works within Zimbabwean society providing financial and technical support to arts and culture professionals. The Fund works with a wide range of projects and activities include festivals, exhibitions, theater, music performances, workshops, and others. The IIP intern will work within the programs department assisting with incoming grant applications as well as working to establish a database for the department. Specific responsibilities for the IIP intern may include: Grant Application Processing: preparation of grant offer letters and contracts, compilation of weekly project recommendations and updating grantee spreadsheets; Monitoring and Evaluation: monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, producing monitoring reports for projects monitored and attending to grantee queries; Information Management: management of resource center and attending to researchers and classification, filing, and shelving and retrieval of project files; Media and Publicity: contributing to media article development; and Workshops and Exhibitions: assisting with workshop coordination, representing the Culture Fund at stands during exhibitions, assisting Programs and Projects officer(s) in implementation of program activities and any other duties. One placement has been created for the an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
First Floor Gallery Harare
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
First Floor Gallery Harare is Zimbabwe’s first independent contemporary artist run gallery. It is a young and dynamic institution, which since its launch in 2009 has developed a strong profile of building and supporting emerging artists in Zimbabwe with innovative exhibitions as well as educational and audience engagement programming both in Zimbabwe and internationally. First Floor Gallery Harare is committed to supporting the development of a robust and sustainable visual arts sector in Zimbabwe as well as building viable professional and international careers for the artists they work with. An IIP intern joining the First Floor Gallery Harare will have the opportunity to contribute to a broad range of curatorial projects, educational programming, publishing and audience engagement projects as well as international initiatives. They will also receive broad exposure to the arts and culture sector in Harare and the opportunity to work with young artists and develop their own initiatives on the ground, in line with the gallery's overall aims and objectives. First Floor Gallery Harare is seeking highly motivated and multi-skilled IIP candidates with a problem-solving mindset and ability and/or willingness to work in unpredictable and unfamiliar surroundings requiring lateral thinking and cultural open-mindedness. Film-making and video editing skills would be an asset as would interests in art history. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Paris, France
Helion Pictures is a small independent television production company based in Paris specializing in Prime Time Fiction series, documentaries, and live-action children’s series for the international market. At the moment, Helion has several series in production, including the French police series “Section de Recherche," France’s highest rated police drama; “Borgia,” the highest rated drama series on France’s Canal; and “Life with Boys,” the new series for Teen Nick, from the creator of “Hannah Montana." The company is on pre-production on the action/documentary series about the helicopter first responders in Chamonix/Mt. Blanc, “Mountain Rescue” for Discovery International, and has several fiction series in development. This IIP internship involves working with the producers to help coordinate post-production on the Discovery series, manage the development materials for the fiction series, and work on the company website. Additionally, the IIP intern will help organize several juries for the International Emmys in Paris that will choose the nominees for several categories that will take place over the summer. This IIP internship offers the opportunity to get an inside view of the international television business, in particular French television. IIP candidates with interests in theater, literature, psychology, and media are encouraged to apply. Basic French is required. Working knowledge of how to build websites would be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Sesame Workshop India
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the educational organization and wholly owned subsidy of Sesame Workshop, is looking for an intern to assist the Education team with their content and digital initiatives in India. The intern will be expected to work on specific projects for the entire period of the internship and present a report of the findings. The work will be carried out under the guidance of the Vice President-Education & Research. On successful completion of the internship, Sesame Workshop India will give a letter of recommendation based on the performance and initiative. IIP candidates should have: the ability to think out of the box, commitment to work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, and sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
SAMRO Foundation is a non-profit organization that is the social investment and music education arm of SAMRO, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation. 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. The IIP intern will be responsible for the following: organizing and conducting workshops on various issues surrounding preservation and promotion of music open to artists, music schools, and universities; organizing small scale exhibitions on certain South African composers and their works, within the scope of the SAMRO Music Archive; 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 online marketing communication, especially the website and social media presence. IIP 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. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
UNESCO, Proyecto Villa Ocampo
Location: Beccar, Argentina
Located in the San Isidro area of Buenos Aires, Villa Ocampo is the former residence of Victoria Ocampo’s family and the meeting place for Argentine and foreign intellectuals in the 1940s. The complete restoration project of the house and its gardens, as well as the works and photographs of the Ocampo family, began in 2003, and it is considered one of the most interesting cultural projects in Latin America. The Project is under the auspices and technical supervision of UNESCO, to which the property was willed "to host permanent workshops, research centers or programs, or projects related to film, television, theater, music, literature, translation, or new forms of expression or communication.” Today, Villa Ocampo is a cultural center. They receive about 30,000 visitors per year, organize concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events, maintain a library and documentation center of enormous importance for the understanding of Argentina's cultural history in the 20th century and have many ongoing projects. IIP interns can choose from a variety of tasks that suit their interest, including working at the library, doing research, or helping with the organization of events or public visits. IIP candidates should have a good command of Spanish and good knowledge of Latin American literature and culture. Skills in databases, scanning, and graphics (photo-editing) would be an asset. The selected IIP interns will be responsible for conducting some research on the Project before the start of the internship. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Managed the online database for the Villa Ocampo library, cataloguing Spanish, English, and French literary magazines. Devised a new numbering system for the library periodicals and edited the corresponding digital images in the database. Composed an educational slideshow about famous portraits and photos of Victoria Ocampo, owner of the house. Translated various other slideshows on the Villa Ocampo website from Spanish into English.