BRAIN Arts Organization

1486 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122

Date Posted:
August 02, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Art and Design Fall Internship


Organization Summary

BRAIN ARTS is a 501 c-3 local volunteer-run music and arts nonprofit

organization that aims to foster the independent music, art, and film community in the greater Boston area through meetings, events and publications. BRAIN ARTS Organization currently carries out three main programs: our monthly newspaper, The Compass; our website, The Boston Hassle; and Boston Hassle Shows. We serve as a platform for emerging & boundary pushing local artists of all kinds. Exclusively volunteer run, Boston Hassle is committed to lifting local underground arts and music to the perceptual forefront. We foster an innovative, compelling, and interconnected music, art, and film community in the greater Boston area through our inclusive grassroots participatory culture. BRAIN Arts is looking for a highly motivated undergraduate student to provide administrative and general support to the organization. Ideally our intern will have an interest in the local Boston art and music scene and DIY culture, and is eager to learn more about nonprofit arts administration.

Intern responsibilities and duties will vary with the organization’s needs but will likely include:


  • Update and maintain Artist Database
  •  Upload web and print versions of fliers to Google Drive
  • Add new fliers to the flier archive binder on a weekly basis in chronological order

Communications/Community Outreach

  • Attend meetings on a weekly basis to make connections with other Org members, discuss upcoming events and other happenings within the organization
  • Communicate with Art Director Emma Leavitt about artists who may be of interest in contributing and help organize flier artists for the upcoming month
  • Check the Brain arts Events document on a daily basis to familiarize yourself with upcoming shows and communicating with team about fliers
  • Advocate for the organization and extend praise and welcome for artists to contribute work
  • Correspond with the PROD (Promotional and Street team) on a regular basis and
  • send correct documents in a timely manner, show fliers should be completed a month in advance
  • Condense monthly show events into a master list, and make any necessary updates and forward to the designated monthly flier artist
  •  Maintain frequent correspondence with artists with any changes in show line ups or other relevant information

While it is required for the intern to provide support to the organization based on its needs, this internship can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the intern as well.

Reasons to Intern:

Building Community

Through BRAIN Arts and Boston Hassle you will enrich

the local arts and music scene of Boston and New England. Promoting artists across the music art and film communities here in Boston encourages more artists to come to visit here which in turn makes our local culture relevant to art communities near and far.

Personal Development

While interning at the Hassle, you will meet many

other like minded folks working hard to promote alternative music, art and film. We are a very tight knit group, forming strong bonds by working hard in a laid back, self motivated environment.

Art Exposure

There is so much local art to experience in and around Boston that most people don’t know exists! Working with this organization is guaranteed

exposure to sounds, sights, and smells that are entirely new and will almost certainly blow your mind.

Work Experience

Being a Brain Arts intern will require independent thinking and problem solving. It is a unique working environment because everyone is self-motivated and highly productive. This experience is hard to find because our

organization is unlike any organization. We all want to be here and we all believe in the power of grassroots cultural activism.


The ideal intern:

  • Possesses the tenacity to keep up with the workload
  • Has ready access to email
  •  Ability to summarize and communicate clearly
  • Has a strong interest in the Boston art and music scene
  • Has a flexible schedule and can work evenings and weekends
  • Has an interest in nonprofit arts administration
  • Has strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Is proficient in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)
  • Is proficient in Adobe Suite (inDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)

This internship requires a time commitment of 15–20 hours a week for at least 12 weeks. A lot of the work can be done off-site and virtually, but we require interns to come to our weekly meetings Monday nights at 7pm. Interns may also perform their duties at our office at the Dorchester Art Project (1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122). Interns are also required to volunteer assist staff at least two shows a month and our flea markets (dates, times, and locations vary).

How To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to No phone calls or on-site visits please. 
Apply by:
September 09, 2018
About this Organization:
Foster an innovative, compelling, and interconnected music, art, and film community in the greater Boston area through grassroots and inclusive participatory culture. The non-profit, completely volunteer run BRAIN Arts Organization is made up of three main components: the Boston Hassle website, the Boston Compass newspaper, and Boston Hassle Shows .