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The New Professionals High School Internship is designed to provide a diverse group of students with a real, behind-the-scenes look at the various careers available in the arts. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of tasks supporting the operations of a contemporary arts space and artist residency program. 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. 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. 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.

Interns will also visit other arts organizations and experiences, connect with creatives across the Charlotte region, and participate in workshops designed to encourage them to be creative while preparing for potential futures in the arts.

This program runs throughout the summer months, the application will be available in Spring 2024.