The festivals/events intern is a part-time unpaid practicum. The intern reports to the
Special Events Director and learns about the successful production of large-scale events and festivals; specifically, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, Dr. Martin Luther King Parade, Light City Baltimore, MECU Neighborhood Event Grant, Baltimore’s July 4th Celebration, and other events.
The internship is designed to provide the student with a broad-based learning experience, so that they are exposed to the logistical planning, application processes, bookkeeping, programming, production and promotional/marketing strategies that are needed to plan and execute events/festivals of a national caliber. The Special Events Director works with the student to identify projects that meet their educational and career goals. Projects may include:
- Organize and catalogue the applications of various events. Applications can include a variety of areas including Farms, Food, Music, Crafts, and Grants.
- Produce and send correspondence to applicants that can include confirmation of participation and financial paperwork.
- Assist with logistical components such as permits, mapping, exhibitor guidelines/outreach, signage, parking/transportation, planning documents, workshops, physical set-up which typically involves lifting, etc.
- Assist with prep work and attend logistical planning meetings
- Shadow the Special Events Director, Events Managers and Special Events Coordinators in their daily work, coordinating special events, festivals and projects for the department as needed.
- Undertake other projects as needed for other departments/events within the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Skill Set Required
- Current college–junior or senior–or graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants who are not registered students are not eligible.
- Major in Communications, Events Planning/Management, Business Finance/Management, Arts Administration, Cultural Studies, or Leadership in Non-Profit Sector or related program.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills; able to provide outstanding customer service to exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, etc.
- Ability to multi-task; superior attention to detail; strong organizational skills are a must.
- Ability to conduct Internet research; familiarity with social media.
- Knowledge of 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. Weekends and evenings hours possible.
- Student is strongly encouraged to be available for Artscape 2017, July 21-23.
- 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 the student by BOPA, pending availability.
Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)
Communications, Event Planning/Management, Arts Administration, Cultural Studies, Non-profits
Summer (Jun - Aug)
Hours per week:
May 1, 2017
Resume, Cover Letter
Please send your resume and cover letter by email to: Markell Cassard at email@example.com. In the Subject Line of your email, please identify the name of the internship and the semester for which you are applying.
Application due no later than May 1, 2017.