YOUTH ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

Commitment: Ten weeks, appx. 10 hours weekly

Terms: Spring (February–April/May)

Schedule: Flexible after 2pm on weekdays; Thursday evenings and Saturdays preferred

Compensation: $900, flat rate stipend

The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we strive to utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways.

OVERVIEW
Geared toward undergraduate and graduate students, the Youth Engagement Internship provides aspiring teaching artists and arts educators with opportunities to go behind the scenes of a contemporary art space and witness, observe, and participate in informal learning programs for youth (ages 5 and up) and their families. Working closely with the Youth Engagement Coordinator, the intern will help teaching artists facilitate creative hands-on activities. This internship offers opportunities to build professional skills and relationships with experienced educators and staff members while supporting our goal to increase access to the arts for young people living in and around North Omaha. A background check is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interact with youth to facilitate their learning and play

  • Assist with supervision, creating a safe and nurturing environment

  • Prepare materials and provide hands-on support during the  activities

  • Assist with setup, cleanup, and general maintenance of the youth studios

  • Assist with administrative duties as needed, such as distributing and collecting parent surveys

  • Other duties may be assigned as necessary

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Gain experience with educational facilitation and evaluation

  • Practice creative problem solving and art-making techniques

  • Connect with and learn from local artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders

  • Learn about nonprofit operations and community-responsive pedagogy

KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE

  • Enthusiasm for the arts and youth engagement

  • Ability to execute and implement tasks as directed

  • Ability to fairly and thoughtfully engage with diverse student populations

  • Patient and adaptable to the needs of youth, parents/guardians, and staff

  • Collaborative and flexible, with strong interpersonal skills

STIPEND + BENEFITS
The intern will receive a flat rate of $900, paid in two installments, for the ten-week commitment. Other benefits include a free one-year membership to The Co-Op, invitations to special events, free garden produce, and delicious snacks prepared by chefs and our youth!

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Arrangements can be made to accommodate academic degree requirements. Staff are available to meet or correspond with academic advisors, review mandatory assignments, and complete evaluations. Please include detailed program requirements in your application.

EVALUATION
Open communication is encouraged throughout the internship. In addition to a midterm coffee conversation, where the intern is invited to reflect on their experience and ask career questions, the intern is asked to complete an exit interview and final written reflection to help us understand how we can improve the internship experience.

DIVERSITY + INCLUSION
The Union is committed to creating an environment where youth can see themselves reflected in the arts and education; college students of color and college students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY
Please send a one-page cover letter summarizing your interests and experience, a resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Nicole J. Caruth at nicole@u-ca.org. Send mailed applications to: The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th Street Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68110.

Please be advised that we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

The Union for Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We do not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Period.