The Louisville Visual Art internship program welcomes college juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who wish to supplement their education and professional experience by working in a not-for-proﬁt arts organization. LVA internships offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from gifted and interested individuals.
There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year for our regular internships— our special project internships have various deadlines dependent on the project. Internships require a minimum commitment of fifteen hours per week for three months, during which time interns complete a speciﬁc project as well as daily assignments. Interns also participate in departmental meetings and various educational programs, as well as attend LVA events.
LVA does not offer paid internships but does participate in some cooperative education programs. Students interested in academic credit should contact their college counselor for more information. LVA seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.
The Application Process
Submitting By E-mail or Mail: Application maertials may be submitted electronically by emailing Jackie Pallesen at firstname.lastname@example.org after completing the online application.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Any Additional Materials (i.e Portfolio or Other Projects)
- Two Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately by email or mail with the applicant’s name in the subject line or address. If applicable, include your school’s credit requirements in the e-mail.
Please address any mailed materials to:
Director of Education and Outreach
Louisville Visual Art
1538 Lytle St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Fall Term (September – December) – August 1st
Winter/Spring Term (January – May) – November 1st
Summer Term (May – August) – March 1st
Internships are offered in the following areas:
Education and Community Arts Joint Internship
The Education and Community Arts Intern will provide assistance in initiating and managing, organizational and on-site support for numerous education programs, including the Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) and OPEN DOORS projects. Duties include assisting in drafting grant proposals and reports, documenting projects through photography/video/blog as well as through the organized filing of completed project forms, continued organization of the program (i.e. drafting forms, refining filing methods, and developing program-specific website and branding), and participating in community oriented art-making projects next to professional artists and participants from various organizations around the city. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills, Microsoft Office, some photography/Photoshop/graphic design/ web design experience, positive and effective people skills, art-making experience and should be comfortable interacting with the public.
Marketing and Design Joint Internship
Intern will work side by side with LVA’s Design and Communication Coordinator to help execute various design projects relating to: education, outreach, and exhibitions. Strong design background required for helping complete various projects such as brochures, one-sheets, sponsorships packets, etc. Furthermore, this intern will be responsible for daily tasks as requested by the business manager. Skills required: strong organizational skills, proficient writing and communication skills, and familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Communication and Arts Administration Joint Internship
Interns provide organizational support for numerous communications and administration. Duties may include general departmental duties, such as preparation of program packets, educational materials, research, correspondence, and scheduling. Candidates must have excellent organizational and basic computer skills, and should be comfortable interacting with the public. In addition, interns will work to increase visibility of LVA programs by assisting with mailings, social media, database management, and drafting media releases. Skills required: familiarity with Microsoft Office, ability to work independently, strong writing and organizational skills, flexibility, and familiarity with social media outlets.