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Sondheim Prize Program Internship - Fall 2017

Internship Responsibilities

The Sondheim Prize & Light City Public Art Intern is a part-time unpaid position, reporting to the Sondheim Prize Administrator.  The primary responsibilities of this position are to assist with research to identify jurors for Sondheim 2018; to assist in the creation, release, distribution and promotion of the 2018 Sondheim Prize application; to update and write features for the Sondheim Prize section of the Cultural Affairs blog; to reorganize Sondheim Prize files; assist in vetting the Light City Finalist Proposals; and helping to establish Light City 2018 contracts with artists. Projects and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with research to identify jurors for Sondheim 2018 includes to:
    • Research curators, artists and other arts professionals to determine eligibility to participate as a juror;
    • Develop contact lists for jurors.
  • Assisting in the creation, release, distribution and promotion of the 2018 Sondheim Prize application includes to:
    • Build Sondheim Prize 2018 application on online platform;
    • Promote the application to new artists through Social Media;
    • Compose & edit correspondence on behalf of program staff;
    • Reach out to previous applicants to inform them of new application timeline;
    • Research new ways to promote program;
    • Research other Visual Artist prize programs.
  • Updating and writing features to the Sondheim Prize section of the Cultural Affairs online blog includes to:
    • Create blog posts that announce application opening and announcement of jurors;
    • Write new feature content for blog;
    • Build blog pages to provide historical Sondheim Prize information;
    • Interview previous Sondheim winners;
    • Assist in raising awareness of the Cultural Affairs online blog.
  • Reorganizing Sondheim Prize files includes to:
    • Create online catalog of images from each years’ exhibitions;
    • Reorganize hard copy historical files for consistency;
  • Assisting in the vetting of the Light City Finalist Proposals and assisting with the establishment of contracts with participating artists includes to:
    • Resolve logistical concerns in realizing artworks;
    • Research elements of proposals to insure all budgetary items are in line with actual costs.
    • Research costs for various proposal enhancements
    • Set up meetings and studio visits with artists
    • Create documents to help in Project Management of Artworks
    • Collect and organize media forms and high resolution Images from Participating Artists

Skill Set Required


The ideal candidate is a dynamic, people-oriented individual with outstanding organizational skills and familiarity with or desire to learn more about the local artist population. Additional required skills:

  • Art, Art History, Arts Education or Arts Administration major or graduate student
  • Current college or graduate students are eligible to apply.  Applicants who are not registered students are not eligible.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write for diverse needs.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to multi-task, and strong attention to details
  • Ability to conduct internet research
  • Ability to assess online presence and brainstorm enhancements
  • Understanding of importance of accuracy and professionalism when handling jury results
  • Knowledge of Social Media tools, including Wordpress, & MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Hours & Compensation

  • Student must be available at least two days per week or the equivalent of at least 14 hours per week; BOPA is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, but hours outside these times are sometimes necessary.
  • It is highly encouraged that student be available for the Baltimore Book Festival 2017, September 22-24.
  • This is an unpaid position.
  • Intern may be eligible for gaining college/university credits toward graduation.  (Intern should explore this possibility with their school prior to applying for the internship.)
  • Parking or Monthly Transit Pass may be provided to Downtown Baltimore.

Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)

Art, Art History, Arts Education/Administration

Internship Location

Baltimore, MD


Semester: Fall (Sep - Dec)
Year: 2017
Hours per week: 10-20 hours
Workdays: Flexible
Pay: No

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017
Required Documentation: Resume, Cover Letter
Application Instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter by email to: Markell Cassard at In the Subject Line of your email, please identify the name of the internship and semester for which you are applying.

Application Deadlines:

Application due no later than September 15, 2017.


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Baltimore, Maryland 21202

About Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including Light City Baltimore, New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape which is America’s largest free arts festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

In the past, BOPA has been called upon to orchestrate or assist with large-scale city events.  The activities include the Ravens Rally Super Bowl Send-Off and the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade in 2001 and 2013; Miss USA in 2005 and 2006; Baltimore's Celebration of the Army-Navy Game in 2000 and 2007; the Star-Spangled Salute to Michael Phelps in 2008, the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012 and the NFL Kick-Off in 2013. Currently, BOPA is preparing for exciting upcoming events in 2017 including the second annual Light City Baltimore March 31st - April 8th 2017. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Free Fall Baltimore, PNC Transformative Art Prize, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program and Bright StArts Workshops For Children. BOPA oversees historic attractions and sites including the Top of the World Observation Level, School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters and the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.