Internships at Manifest
(Also applicable to non-student volunteers)
Seeking Interns !
The Positions of
Gallery Intern and Academic Gallery Intern*
recognizes that there exists a vast untapped pool of talent and intellect
within the students of art and design
other related disciplines) in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Part of
mission is to provide a motivating learning context, supplementary
to their own excellent programs of study, for individuals interested
in the professions of art and design. It also includes the goal of
serving as a hub of creative research and innovation, as well as
a venue for community involvement with the arts. Therefore the positions
of Gallery Intern and Academic Gallery Intern have been established
as key components of Manifest’s structure to provide students
of art and design, as well as others, the opportunity to receive
college credit (through their respective institutions) for volunteering
work at Manifest. This also provides creative input for Manifest
from yet another part of the artistic spectrum. Those not able to,
or not wishing to, receive college credit will, nevertheless, receive
an official letter of acknowledgement from Manifest’s administration upon satisfactory completion of the internship.
Application for Service: Persons wishing to apply for internship
will be asked to submit a resume, two letters of recommendation,
and a letter of application explaining why he/she would like
to work with Manifest. Applicants should first familiarize themselves
with the Manifest mission. Application
requirements may be modified at the discretion of the management. Prospective
Interns will be interviewed and the
executive director and/or gallery manager will select finalists. Gallery
Internships commence on a date to be determined by the staff manager. Academic
Gallery Internships will consist of a schedule coordinated with the institution
the college credit. Each internship will be defined by a simple
contract outlining the specific nature of the service and duration.
Duration of Service: All Intern/volunteer positions will consist
of a minimum of 120 supervised hours of volunteered time. Academic
Internships may require more or less service
hours depending upon the credit granting institution’s
policy for such study. The staff manager will maintain
a record of
and service completed.
Nature of Service: All internships will consist of two primary
service functions. The first is common to all Interns and
consists of the
• Gallery sitting or “greeting” – Interns will
be the primary liaisons with the visiting public.
This involves opening
and closing the gallery, admitting visitors,
answering questions, and offering a professional, and friendly
experience. It also
involves conducting sales of artwork and Manifest
Press items such as exhibit catalogs and books.
• Serve as hosts for receptions and other events, including fundraising.
• Clerical work – Addressing and stamping mailings, filing, database
• Maintenance of all facilities – Cleaning, upkeep, organization
of tools and materials.
• Assistance with installation, de-installation, and gallery repairs.
• Promoting Manifest – Public and academic promotion of the
institution and its mission, exhibits, calendar
of events, flyers, etc.
• Creative input – when requested - Offering insight, advice,
and assistance with curatorial matters, including
signage, scheduling, etc.
• Maintaining high academic and professional standards of quality.
• Renovation of spaces used by Manifest.
• Coordinating and/or overseeing the Open Figure Sessions, Open Critique
Sessions, Drawing Lab, or any other Manifest Drawing Center
His or her area of study, expertise, and interests determine the
second role of each Intern. Interns will be chosen,
in part, to fulfill
perceived needs on the part of the staff or board
of directors, to acquire diversity of intellect, skill, and background.
Specialized services could include:
• Curatorial – A focus on assisting with curatorial matters,
exhibition programming, etc.
• Educational/didactic – A focus on community and educational
outreach, lectures, etc.
• Corporate identity (website, logo, signage, etc.) – Assisting
with publication, poster, announcement design, including
photo-documentation of Manifest exhibits and activities.
• Fundraising – Assisting with grant writing, research, etc.
• Promotion – Serving as media and institutional liaison.
• Exhibition Design – Assisting with layout and installation
• Community service on behalf of Manifest.
Prior to receiving
an appointment, each prospective Intern will be provided this document,
to review the
mission and expanded mission statements, as well as a list
of needs the staff manager feels he or she might fulfill. An intern
handbook will be provided to all new interns upon starting work at
Upon completion of a gallery internship, the administration may
offer to promote the intern to a higher level of responsibility
within the organization’s internship structure. The levels of advancement
include Senior Gallery Intern, and Gallery Assistant (with possible
junior board membership). These advanced positions involve more responsibility
and input into the operation of the organization, including participation
on jury and exhibit committees.
While it is expected that an internship at Manifest be viewed as community service, the organization does offer each intern the benefit of free attendance at all regular Open Figure life drawing sessions at the Manifest Drawing Center. At the level of Senior Intern added benefits are free attendance to Drawing Marathons and half-price regular instructed courses (not including major workshops) throughout the duration of the internship.
Applications for internship should be submitted via email and email attachments to:
Exhibition and Drawing Center Coordinator
Questions should also be e-mailed to Katie Baker.
Reference letters and other support materials should be emailed as well, and should be received not later than ten days following the initial application.
* The distinction between a Gallery Intern and an Academic
Gallery Intern is made for the purpose of differentiating
between those receiving
college credit (and perhaps fulfilling specific requirements
outlined by their institution of study) and those not receiving