Civic Engagement Intern



Job Title: Civic Engagement Intern
Department: Civic Engagement
Status: Internship
Schedule: 1-2 full days, or 3-4 afternoons per week
Reports to: Curator of Public Programs

Position Overview

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is looking for a highly motivated intern to help our Civic Engagement team. You would support Curator of Public Programs of CE to implement YBCA’s public programs such as monthly ConVerge series, Room for Big Ideas (a YBCA’s community artists residency lab space featuring interactive multidisciplinary installations and projects), and Opening Night events programming and management. Provide comprehensive administrative and logistical support for the various projects.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Correspond with YBCA leadership and community members for project management
  • General administrative support for Curator of Public Programs, Civic Engagement. (Includes data entry, mailings, filing, etc)
  • Conduct scholarly research on artists, general topics, art genres, and references for exhibitions
  • Assist with writing and editing of art entries and text materials
  • Correspondence with artists to plan logistics
  • Organize artist, speaker and guest accommodations/flights/hospitality
  • Assist with preparing materials for marketing purposes
  • Assist with events in our curated spaces such as the Front Door Gallery
  • Work opening night parties & misc. cultivation events
  • Assisting with logistics and production of member events
  • Project managing/editing marketing and solicitation pieces for audience development purposes
Qualifications / Requirements
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited academic program and authorized by their school to participate in the internship
  • Excellent oral / written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Working knowledge of Excel, power point, basic graphic layout programs, and video editing
  • Self motivated, detail oriented and organized
  • Willingness to work alongside contemporary works of art and performances which present challenging and provocative subject matter

The Civic Engagement Intern would need to commit to 1-2 full days, or 3-4 afternoons per week. Thursday evenings are required. One year commitment desired.


Course Credit, if applicable, in partnership with educational institution; opportunity to work closely with the staff at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), one of the nation’s premiere multi-disciplinary venues for contemporary, experimental and interdisciplinary arts. Interns will receive valuable real-world work experience. Referrals / Letters of Recommendation will be given upon successful completion.

How to Apply

Send your resume and a brief paragraph outlining your interest in interning at YBCA in the body of an email to Please include “CE Intern” in the subject line of your email.

Please, no phone calls or faxes — really. While we love your enthusiasm, due to the volume of applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

Principals only. We do not accept resumes from third parties and we will not pay fees to any agency or firm. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered the property of YBCA and will be processed accordingly.

We wish you the best of luck in your job search!

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. YBCA encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.