IIP Internships in Ireland
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
Babaro Intern #3
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