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Youth Engagement Internship

Commitment: Ten weeks, appx. 10 hours weekly
Term: Fall 2019 (Sept-Nov)
Schedule: Thursdays 3–8pm and Saturdays 10am–430pm
Compensation: $900, flat rate stipend

The Union’s Youth Engagement program was created in response to neighborhood children who literally knocked on our door curious about the activity in our first home on Burdette Street. Recognizing a desire among neighborhood youth for hands-on art activities, we launched Art Club, an arts and culture enrichment program dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for youth ages 7–14.

Today, we continue to offer free creative experiences for North Omaha youth, ranging from the visual and performing arts to urban agriculture and cooking.

Overview
Geared toward undergraduate and graduate students, the Youth Engagement Internship provides aspiring art educators and creative development leaders 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 Studios Manager, the intern will help 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 documentation of programs and administrative duties as needed
  • 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 six-month membership to The Union 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 Jacquline Smith at jacquline@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 discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Period.