Brain Arts Organization

1486 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122

Date Posted:
April 19, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Summer Development Intern


BRAIN Arts is looking for a highly motivated undergraduate student to provide support to the development of 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 and fundraising.

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


  • Research grant opportunities for BRAIN Arts

  • Research area developments and their associated Community Development Packages that BRAIN Arts may be eligible for.

  • Research future possible organizational business models including research into permitting, licensing, and associated laws.

  • Research other organizations to grow our network of independent and DIY groups and nonprofits in New England.

  • Research sponsorship opportunities and businesses/companies that would be a good match for BRAIN Arts events/programming


  • Utilize and discuss possible improvements for BRAIN Arts’ grants database

  • Updating of BRAIN Arts website

  • Editing of content, writing for Boston Hassle website. Possibility of more involvement with website, including content creation, if interested.

  • Grant writing, and assisting grant writing team in other ways including LOI writing


The ideal intern:

  • Possesses the tenacity to keep up with the workload

  • Has ready access to email and social media accounts

  • 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 skills

  • Is proficient in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)

This internship requires a time commitment of 10-20 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 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 May 12th, 2018.

Apply by:
May 12, 2018
About this Organization:

The mission of Brain Arts Organization is to create platforms for fringe artistic communities. We publish a newspaper, produce a daily culture blog, organize a bi-monthly flea market, and host all-ages shows, art exhibitions, and special events at our community space and art gallery. We also seek out and activate unconventional spaces all over Greater Boston for our programming. Through these inclusive, participatory efforts, we aspire to uplift our communities and fill cultural voids in our unique region of New England.

Reasons To Work 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.

Work Experience: 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.