INTERNSHIPS

TECHNICAL INTERNSHIP

Background: Velocity is Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Velocity advances contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation, and inter/national exchange.

Reports to: Technical Director/Operations Manager

Position description: The Tech Intern will assist staff with technical aspects of productions, learn basics of lights and sound, be on crew during Velocity produced shows.

Hours: Flexible schedule, but must meet established guidelines. Internship hours will be completed primarily on weekends during show + production times. Applicant must have a flexible schedule for Thursday-Sunday evenings.

Compensation: Position is unpaid. Intern will receive unlimited dance classes at the rate of $5/class and studio rental at the rate of $7/hr.

Term of Position

This is appointment starts October 13, 2014. (These dates are semi-negotiable). It can be renewed based on mutual agreement. The Intern is responsible for tracking their hours and e-mailing a monthly total to Helen at info@velocitydancecenter.org. The Intern may resign from post with 15 days notice. Position open until filled.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with Velocity staff to keep facilities organized and maintained
  • Work with Technical Director to ensure tech booth organization is maximized
  • Attend production meetings regarding Velocity produced shows
  • Assist on Velocity produced shows as Stage Hand
  • Assist with other Velocity events and shows as needed

Reporting

  • Prepare informal weekly reports and maintain regular contact with Technical Director.

Confidentiality

The intern acknowledges that, in the course of working with Velocity, s/he may have access to and be entrusted with confidential information concerning the present and contemplated financial status and activities of Velocity as well as constituent information. Please maintain the confidentiality of this information during and after your internship. 

How to apply:

Please submit via email to Shirley Wong — Office + Operations Manger at operation@velocitydancecenter.org. Position open until filled.

1)   One Page Resume as a PDF, with the file saved as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TechInternApplication.pdf (i.e. WONG_SHIRLEY_2014TechInternApplication.pdf)

2)   Cover Letter in the body of the email addressing the following:
a.    Why you are interested in the Velocity Tech Internship?
b.    What are your goals and expectations for the Internship?
c.    What skills you believe would be an asset to our organization?

3)   Include any support materials you believe to be relevant to your application.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNship

Background: Velocity is Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Its mission is to advance contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation and inter/national exchange.

Reports to: Communications Manager

Position description: The Communications Intern will assist the Communications Manager and Communications Associate with the visibility and publication of exciting and innovative dance-related programs, events and classes.

Hours: 10-15 hours per week. Flexible schedule, but must meet established guidelines.

Compensation: Position is unpaid, but will be entitled to unlimited classes at the rate of $5/class and discounted rehearsal space at Velocity.

Responsibilities

  • Utilize social media to create buzz about Velocity performances, events and classes
  • Communicate directly with local and national press and organizations through their social media platforms
  • Coordinate social media strategies with Velocity’s communications goals
  • Utilize tone of clarity and energy that connects to Velocity’s mission + vision
  • Assist with content and community engagement for Velocity’s online journal of choreographic culture, STANCE
  • Gather information and design small in-house collateral
  • Make in-house flyers for one-time events
  • Aid in distributing promotional materials
  • Archive press articles, hard copy and online
  • Add performances and events to online press calendars
  • Create, distribute and collect surveys and testimonials
  • Work with Velocity staff to help plan and implement exciting community engagement activities
  • Work with staff to promote upcoming events

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for utilizing social and new media
  • Strong organizational, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and stay focused
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Knowledge of the dance community
  • Eye for virtuosic and energetic photographs
  • Proficiency with WordPress, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Beneficial: Basic skills in Photoshop and InDesign

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and any relevant work samples to Gedney Barclay at communications@velocitydancecenter.org. Position open until filled.

 

DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

Background: Velocity is Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Its mission is to advance contemporary dance and movement-based art by fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences through an invested commitment to education, creation, performance, inquiry, community participation and inter/national exchange.

Reports to: Director of Philanthropy

Position description: The Development Intern works directly with the Director of Philanthropy to help ensure smooth day-to-day organizational fundraising operations.

Hours: 10-15 hours per week. Flexible schedule, but must meet established guidelines.

Compensation: Position is unpaid, but will be entitled to unlimited classes at the rate of $5/class and discounted rehearsal space at Velocity.

  • Academic Credit: Contact your university for this information.  Velocity will fill out any necessary forms for the completion of credit.
  • Great resume builder.
  • Inside look at and active involvement in running an arts non-profit organization.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring donors are acknowledged in timely manner.
  • Donor/funder data maintained in database (PatronManager/SalesForce).
  • Assist in maintaining grants schedule and preparing submissions.
  • Assist with event procurement and tracking event timelines.

Qualifications

  • Ability to multitask.
  • Strong organizational, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable working independently.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of the dance community is a plus.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain donor/funder discretion.
  • Interest in gaining experience in fundraising activities.
  • Dependability.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Colleen Borst, colleen@velocitydancecenter.org. Position open until filled.

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