"This is a moment of extraordinary possibility for Irish arts and culture…"
President Bill Clinton

Careers / Internships

Join our vibrant, talented, and hardworking team for a meaningful career in the arts. We are a rapidly growing nonprofit organization with a passion for Irish art and culture, and are always looking for others who share that same passion. Work with us and enjoy perks like access to all of IAC’s dynamic programming, fun employee events, and working in the lively neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. Irish Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Irish Arts Center (IAC) offers unpaid internships in Programming/Production, New Media, Development and Marketing. The scope and schedule for internships is determined by the individual department. Internships usually coincide with the school season (Fall, Spring and Summer) and typically last 4-5 months but an internship can extend up to a year. We usually ask for a time commitment of 1-2 days per week during regular business hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

IAC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or internships without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Director of Development Operations

The Director of Development Operations (DDO) will play a leading role in building out the Irish Arts Center fundraising program infrastructure, developing processes to significantly increase prospecting and grow contributed revenue lines to achieve significant incremental growth of the annual fund, and capital and endowment campaigns. Reporting to the head of development and working collaboratively with the Executive Director and other team members, the DDO will be a key player in the development of the operating plan for the Irish Arts Center. 

QUALIFICATIONS
• 7+ year fundraising background as well as a track record of scaling fundraising infrastructure including communications, information technology and Raiser’s Edge software, social media, staffing, and planning for capacity building
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Entrepreneurial, dedicated, intelligent, hard-working self-starter who has experience overseeing a range of fundraising methods and can identify and cultivate supporters and funders
• Impeccable integrity, judgment, and discretion along with a professional demeanor and interpersonal style that elicits trust from leadership, funders, staff, and partners
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time; highly organized and detail-oriented; willingness to work in a self-supported manner and wear multiple hats
• Exceptional writing, verbal communication and presentation skills 

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
4-year degree



BACKGROUND
Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972, is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. Based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, the Center presents, develops, supports, promotes, tours, and distributes work from established and emerging artists, providing audiences access to cultural experiences that are innovative, collaborative, diverse, authentic, emotionally and intellectually transporting, meet the highest standards of excellence, and celebrate our common humanity. The Center also provides community education programs for adults and children of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and an international home for the Irish community to come together and engage with a dynamic, global diaspora. 

Later this year, the organization will break ground on a landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art flexible theatre for music, dance, theatre, visual arts and interdisciplinary works; a second, intimate space optimized for live music and conversation, recordings, master classes and special events; classrooms and studio spaces for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities; and a spacious avenue-facing lobby café lobby that will be a hub for artistic and community hospitality. The Irish Arts Center has recently completed the first phase of the capital campaign, raising over $60 million from New York City, New York State, the Irish government and private donors for development for the 11th Avenue new building. The second phase of this project is a $10 million campaign to complete the renovation of the historic 51st Street building as well as build a “Growth and Sustainability Fund” will begin with the ground-breaking.

With an annual budget of $3.5 million, the Irish Arts Center continues to build a first rate team of intelligent, hardworking, kind-spirited people of integrity and purpose to continue its dramatic growth in the coming years as it prepares to occupy a new facility and in anticipation of its 50th Anniversary in 2022.



HOW TO APPLY
The Irish Arts Center has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to: 

Debbie Farrell, Senior Director of Leadership and Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168
egustafson@harrisrand.com 

Please put “Irish Arts Center” in the subject line of your emailed application.

Development Intern

This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in fundraising, in a fun and friendly environment. The Development Intern will report to the Director of Development and work very closely with the Development Associate. Duties will include assisting with data maintenance; correspondence; mailings; conducting research on individuals, foundations, and corporations; other special projects (such as working on grant proposals); events; and general administrative duties.

A bachelor's degree and a strong interest in arts administration are preferred. The individual must have strong computer, organizational, research, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel are required.

Send cover letter and resume to Olivia with subject line "Development Intern.”

Marketing Intern

Irish Arts Center is seeking a creative, detail-oriented marketing intern with great follow through skills and a desire to join our fast paced team. The marketing intern provides assistance for the implementation of all promotional activities across our diverse and robust event programming schedule: social media marketing, collateral production, PR, street teams, audience outreach and development, website development, and more. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a fun and friendly environment in each of the disciplines encompassed in IAC's programming (theatre, visual arts, music, dance, film, literary events, comedy, and cultural education). We are looking for interns who are interested in helping us strengthen our reach through new and traditional marketing channels, while working closely with the event production teams.

Activities and responsibilities include:

1. Marketing, Press and Research 

  • Social media marketing: research and help develop content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts) 
  • Assist in the design of marketing collateral including postcards, fliers, brochures, and social media assets
  • Organization and implementation of grassroots marketing outreach (outreach to like-minded organizations regarding new partnerships, being a part of our street team, etc.) 
  • Light copywriting for e-newsletters and other digital platforms
  • Customer relations & feedback (surveys, analysis) 
  • Research on and outreach to prospective new audiences 
  • Assist in organization of all new press materials, including scanning and documentation

2. General Events

  • Provide some on-site support for events
  • Organize literature for display

3. Administration

  • Answer phones 
  • Assist with mailings
  • Data entry: Raiser's Edge, Constant Contact, OvationTix (some familiarity is great, but not expected or required)

Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Research and organizational skills 
  • Ability to work independently and take direction from several members of a team 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and prioritize in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to be detail-oriented while also grasping the big picture  
  • Focus on efficiency, developing time-saving processes
  • Familiarity with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite  
  • General knowledge of or interest in Irish and Irish American culture a bonus, but not required.

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Vivian with subject line "Marketing Intern."

New Media Intern

IAC seeks an online and social media fluent intern to assist with all aspects of IAC's online content creation and dissemination (podcast, video, blog, photo sharing, etc), supporting a diverse cultural program. In this position the intern will help develop, edit and publish content for the Live from Irish Arts Center media section of the Irish Arts Center website, and for the soon-to-be launched blog. The intern will gain firsthand experience working in a nonprofit performing arts organization and will have an opportunity to hone audio and video editing skills, project management skills, writing skills, and narrative creation skills, while making a huge impact on the organization’s community presence both in New York and internationally.

This is a valuable opportunity for someone interested in working in the arts, and creating a portfolio of video and audio representing all of Irish Arts Center’s disciplines (theatre, music, visual arts, dance, film, literature, comedy, education). Reporting to both Director of Programming and Director of Communications and working with Programming and Marketing Associates the NMI will be responsible for:

  • Creating, recording, editing, posting and sharing podcasts (both audio and video)
  • Creating, designing, content-generating, sharing etc a new IAC blog
  • Working with Marketing team to create, share, cross-platform and promote social media via -Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Tumblr, Flickr
  • Keep on top of and keep IAC staff abreast of developments in new media
  • Other admin tasks (reception work, database entry and management)

Qualifications

Candidates should have an interest in arts and culture and media and ideally have a working knowledge of the New York City cultural community and the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess some knowledge of audio editing.

  • Excellent writing skills, particularly the ability to synthesize and summarize accurately and pay attention to details of grammar and spelling and adherence to house-style
  • Demonstrated research and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently or take direction from several members of a team, as needed.
  • Familiarity with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite, Photoshop, Adobe, and Audacity or other audio editing software
  • Experience or interest in creating consistent and high quality podcast content
  • Great oral skill / ability to speak with different types of people on a project (artists, technical crew, creative team, marketing, donors, etc).
  • General knowledge of Irish and Irish American history and culture desirable, but not required.
  • Fluent in and on and have accounts on a wide range of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr

Send cover letter & resume to Rachael with subject line "New Media Intern.

Program and Production Intern

IAC seeks an intern to assist with all aspects of its cultural programming. In this position the intern will develop the practical skills required to work in a nonprofit performing arts organization, and will have a chance to explore and work on all aspects of event curation, production and execution. Interns gain experience in production management, technical theater operations, artist management and hospitality, cross cultural organization partnerships, local government partnerships, arts in education, submission processing, and more. The intern will be actively engaged in the planning and implementation of performances and events in each of the disciplines encompassed in IAC's activities (theatre, music, visual arts, dance, film, literature, comedy). This is a valuable opportunity for someone interested in working in the arts.

IAC works with interns to tailor their experience, providing projects and tasks that speak directly to the intern’s interest, while also working to support the general mission of IAC.

Tasks will be assigned in the following areas:

Performances & Exhibitions
• provide logistical and hands on support to Program team in execution of all multi-discipline events, at IAC’s home on 51st Street, and offsite at partner organizations
• organize, read and discuss incoming submissions
• conduct preliminary artist research (contact info, CVs, basic background)
• assist in installation/deinstallation of exhibitions
• provide tours of gallery
• assist with merchandise organization & sales
• provide general office and administrative support, including answering phones and data entry

Qualifications
• Candidates should have an interest in New York City's cultural community and the not-for-profit field.
• Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently.
• Demonstrated research and organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently or take direction from several members of a team, as needed.
• Familiarity with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite.
• Experience or interest in learning how a theater/performance venue operates.

We expect each intern to commit to a minimum of 1-2 days per week during regular business hours of 10am to 6pm. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. The time commitment and hours are somewhat flexible, depending upon the individual candidate. Internships generally coincide with school semesters: Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer.

IAC will assist interns in receiving course credit, where available. IAC interns gain free entry to any regularly ticketed IAC event for the duration of the internship, and free access to one course within a year of completion of the internship.

IAC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for internships without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to kestrel@irishartscenter.org with subject "Idealist Program and Production Intern"


BENEFITS
IAC will assist interns in receiving course credit, where available. IAC interns gain free entry to any regularly ticketed IAC event for the duration of the internship, and free access to one course within a year of completion of the internship.

Special Projects Intern

This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in fundraising in a fun and friendly environment. The Special Projects Intern will report to the Special Projects Manager and work very closely with the Executive Assistant to the Director. Duties will include assisting with the Irish Arts Center Capital Campaign; data maintenance; correspondence; mailings; conducting research on individuals, foundations, and corporations; other special projects (such as working on grant proposals); events; and general administrative duties.

A bachelor's degree and a strong interest in arts administration are preferred. The individual must have strong computer, organizational, writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel are required.

Send cover letter and resume to Nick with subject line "Special Projects Intern.”

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