Art and Design Fall Internship
BRAIN ARTS is a
501 c-3 local volunteer-run music and arts nonprofit
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.
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
meetings on a weekly basis to make connections with other Org members, discuss
upcoming events and other happenings within the organization
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
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
monthly show events into a master list, and make any necessary updates and
forward to the designated monthly flier artist
frequent correspondence with artists with any changes in show line
ups or other
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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
proficient in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)
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 email@example.com. No phone calls or on-site visits please.
September 09, 2018
About this Organization:
The wild growth of Brain Arts Organization into a network of 150+ volunteers began with just Dan Shea and Sam Potrykus teaming up in 2009 to found the Boston Hassle (BH) and share their passion for genre-defying music. By 2010, they and fellow volunteers were booking 10 shows monthly, publishing a monthly zine (now known as The Boston Compass), and presenting homegrown music festivals.
With the help of some vital volunteers, BH obtained its 501(c)(3) status in 2013 as Brain Arts Organization (B.A.O.). Since launching Black Market (our bi-monthly, local market) and acquiring Dorchester Art Project (our HQ/community arts center), B.A.O. has grown into a whole collective of dedicated volunteers committed to establishing accessible arts programming. Why, though? Because we believe that conscious, cultural empowerment is worth the hassle.
Reasons To Intern With Us:
Building Community: Through your internship with Brain Arts Organization, you will work to enrich the local arts and music scene of Boston and the wider New England region. We hope that by promoting artists across the music/art/film communities, we are bringing together people from all ages and backgrounds with the shared interests.
Personal Development: While interning at the Hassle, you will get to meet like-minded folks working together to promote the arts in the Boston area. We are a tight-knit group of volunteers who believe in the mission of the organization; we enjoy working hard and playing 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.
Being a Brain Arts Organization Intern will require independent thinking and problem solving. It is a unique environment in that the entire organization is volunteer run, therefore, everyone is self-motivated, highly productive and understands the importance and meaning behind their work. We believe this kind of experience is valuable, rewarding and hard to come by. We all want to be here and we all believe in the power of grassroots cultural activism.