High School Internships



McColl Center for Art + Innovation offers internships with the intention of helping to educate and guide future arts administrators by providing students with the opportunity to be involved in a variety of tasks supporting the operations of an artist residency.

Interns will work with staff in various departments at McColl Center, and get real-life, professional experience. Internships will cover the following departments:

  • Residency + Programs: Leads exhibitions, artists-in-residence program, and public programming. Interns will work with the Residency + Programs team to provide support to the artists-in-residence and contracted artists to execute events and programs like open house, artist talks, and summer arts camps. Interns will gain hands-on experience assisting the artists-in-residence in their creative process ranging from research to studio assistance.
  • Development: Fundraises and cultivates donor relationships. The Development interns will provide essential assistance in raising funds for programs and general operating costs. Development interns will be responsible for researching potential donors and members. They will help prepare, edit, and record acknowledgments and supporting materials. They will also assist in planning fundraising events and manage filing and database entry.
  • Administration: Manages the day-to-operations of the office. Administrative interns will gain experience with data management software, data entry, and archiving. They can also expect to conduct research on McColl Center’s residency program for the purposes of collecting data to update existing files.

You can use this opportunity for credits if necessary. Please check with your school. Positions for internships are limited and competitive. This position is unpaid.

Intern Duties and Requirements

Internships are offered to students who are currently enrolled in high school who are interested in getting hands-on experience in the arts and residency programs. Ideal candidates are intending to pursue a career in the arts. Interns will benefit from exposure to all aspects of McColl Center, including, education, program management, artist relations, facility management, development, and finance. McColl Center wishes to add relevant experiences aligned with their career aspirations, practical workplace skills, opportunities to build social capital, and broad exposure to other arts institutions in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

Time commitments and responsibilities for internships can vary and will be agreed upon between intern and department supervisor.


April 15, 2021

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to submit an online application and send a resume and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, supervisor, or similar source who is familiar with your work to acookson@mccollcenter.org.


McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including artist studios, modern equipment and tools, and exhibition spaces.

Here at this one-of-a-kind historic place, built from the ashes of a former Church that burned down in the 1980s, the artist’s need for expression, advancement, experimentation, and growth is fulfilled.

Beyond serving as catalyst for artistic advancement, McColl Center is a hub for connection within the creative community. This is a place where all are welcome to share in a universal passion for art and inspiration through creative participation and engagement.

We welcome you to begin building your own history with this remarkable place and the extraordinary people who are drawn to it.

McColl Center is committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We strongly encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply.