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Volunteer and Internships

Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of Rochester Art Center’s programming. From ongoing administrative projects to gallery preparation and assistance at events, there are volunteer opportunities for every interest and skill set. Docent training and Internships are also available.

Fill out a volunteer application. Please contact us if you have any questions at info@rochesterartcenter.org
or 507-282-8629.

Internship

Rochester Art Center is committed to art education and welcomes internship applications on a rolling basis.

Our internship program is dynamic and inclusive allowing interns to develop an extensive understanding of the operation of a non-profit contemporary art organization.

RAC offers remote and in-person internships in each of our departments – administration, curatorial, development, education, events, facility, marketing, and visitor services. Based on a personal interview, we work with applicants to determine where they best fit, though many times interns work cross-departmentally.

Internships – which are an unpaid position– can be applied for academic credit at the high school, college, and graduate level. RAC requires a minimum commitment of five hours per week to insure interns are receiving a complete experiential education.

To apply, contact Zoe Cinel, Internship Coordinator at zcinel@rochesterartcenter.org. Include a CV or resume and a short description of your motivation and interest in your email.

Total Arts Day Camp Intern

Description 

In this internship, you will have the opportunity to assist the Total Arts Day Camp team with tasks related to running a children’s art camp at the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota! Total Arts Day Camp (TADC) is one of the longest running youth arts programs in the state, initiated in 1971.  https://rochesterartcenter.org/summer-camps

Goals 

  • Learn how art museum programs go from proposal to reality
  • Gain an understanding of arts education and community arts programs 
  • Get hands-on experience with students in an art studio/classroom setting 
  • Give interactive, age-appropriate gallery tours to camp participants
  • And work with artists and art educators to promote appreciation for the arts.

Outcomes 

Interns can expect to:

  • Work closely with the Education and Community Outreach Manager and TADC instructors to prepare for and execute children’s art activities, including lesson planning and setting up materials for camp and cleaning up afterwards.
  • Learn about works of art exhibited at the Rochester Art Center during the internship period and give informal public tours as needed.
  • Supervise and encourage TADC participants during camp weeks. 
  • Complete various other assigned museum education and program related tasks.
  • Complete a one-page reflection on the experience at the end of the internship.

Time frame

June 6 – August 12, 2022

Internship hours are arranged with the Education and Community Outreach Manager (Amy Garretson), TADC instructors and artists. The timeframe for this project is approximately 35 hours per week (8:30 am – 3:30 pm during camp weeks) and adjusted regularly based on the needs of the TADC team and the Rochester Art Center staff.

Qualifications required

Proficient in English

Interested in work with elementary-aged youth and community-based work

Flexibility and punctuality

Preferred

Experience with google suite

Experience with video recording and editing 

Experience with photography

Experience with public speaking or leadership of small groups

What our former interns/externs say about their experience

“We had an amazing time working at TADC and helping around the Art Center. (The Education and community outreach coordinator)’s enthusiasm for arts education has inspired both of us and strengthened our desire to pursue careers in the arts!”

Lea Winston, Carleton College, and Kristen Lee, Boston College

TADC interns, Summer 2021 

What our students’ families say about their experience in TADC:

“My daughter’s confidence in herself and in her artistic skills grew during her camp experience. She was thrilled to meet new friends and to work with ‘real famous artists.’ What a special experience you all created for her and the other participants. I’m grateful to live in a state that invests in these experiences for our youngest members in our community. Thank you.”

 –Parent of TADC Student, Summer 2021

“My child is very creative but often does not feel connected to his peers because they do not understand his need to express his creativity through art and writing. Art camp allowed him to see that there are others in the world who are like him, most importantly there are adults who are like him. He felt valued and like he was accepted and belonged. Thank you for that gift!!”

-Parent of TADC Student, Summer 2021

To Apply 

The ideal candidate will be self-driven, flexible, able to take on multiple tasks at one time and a good team player. And of course, invested in contemporary art! 

Submit your resume (1 page max) and a letter of interest to agarretson@rochesterartcenter.org.

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