Cambridge Arts Council

344 Broadway, 2nd FL
Cambridge, MA 02139

Date Posted:
November 27, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Community Arts Program Assistant - Cambridge Arts River Festival Vendor Coordinator Assistant


The Cambridge Arts Council views their internship program to be a growth opportunity for both the intern and the agency. Cambridge Arts Community Arts Assistant Interns will be under close supervision, guidance and mentorship of the Director of Community Arts and will work very closely with a variety of professionals in different fields, including government & city agencies, local businesses, cultural & community organizations, artists, and more. Interns will assist in the implementation of Cambridge Arts Community Arts Programs as needed. Tasks may include but are not limited to: communicating with artists and community members, creation and distribution of materials, conducting audience surveys, tracking proposals and activities, negotiating and creating contracts, scheduling and booking events, maintaining budgets, grant writing, sponsor cultivation, etc. It is a great opportunity for the intern to learn event production, marketing strategies, grant processes and procedures, industry standards, general office experience, etc. It is also a tremendous way to build valuable hands-on work experience and networks in the field of arts administration. Cambridge Arts staff will work with the intern to identify a project area below to focus on based on his/her strengths and ambitions.

All Community Arts Assistant Internships are unpaid, part-time (10-15 hours per week), immersive, hands-on, learning experiences.

The Cambridge Arts River Festival Vendor Coordinator Assistant will work in tandem with the Vendor Coordinator to curate, manage, and oversee the food and arts/crafts vendors that participate in the Cambridge Arts River Festival. Nearly 150 vendors participate in the event. The Coordinator Assistant will be responsible for reviewing applications, selecting vendors to participate, and communicating with selected vendors to provide them with necessary logical information for the event under the guidance and direction of the Vendor Coordinator.

Internship period: February 2019 – June 2019.

The 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will take place on Saturday, June 1st. All internship positions with the River Festival require the intern to be present for a mandatory event site walk through two weeks before the event, during event set-up the day before the event, and at the event itself which will all provide the intern with hands-on event management experience.

All internships include general office duties such as: answering phones, interfacing with the public, processing Street Performer Permits, maintaining filing systems and databases, updating web pages, conducting audience development research, basic marketing, etc.

  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with Windows Operating Systems and MS Office software
  • Experience with graphic design programs (Photoshop, InDesign) highly desirable
  • Arts background and office experience preferred
  • Creativity & sense of humor a plus
  • Senior Level Undergraduate or Graduate Level Candidates preferred

How To Apply:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 10, 2019.

To apply submit a letter of interest and a resume to Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts, at

For more information about the Cambridge Arts Council please visit

Apply by:
January 10, 2019
About this Organization:
The Cambridge Arts Council exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge.