Rebuild Foundation 2016 Summer Internship 

Interns will have a unique opportunity to be immersed in Rebuild Foundation’s work and in the Greater Grand Crossing community on Chicago’s South Side. Three interns will be chosen through a competitive application process to live together, rent-free, at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.

The internship will run for 10 weeks, from June through August, with exact dates to be determined. Each intern will work 30 hours per week with Rebuild staff. Additionally, interns will collaborate on a proposal to develop a new program or project, which they will launch at one of Rebuild’s program sites.

During the summer of 2016, Rebuild will welcome interns in three program areas:

  • Community Engagement
  • Collections and Public Engagement
  • Black Cinema House

For a full job description of each position, please see below. Applicants must choose one position to which they will apply and submit:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume or CV (2 pages max)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Responses to essay questions (see page 2)
  • Proof of enrollment (part- or full-time) in a college or university

 

Timeline + Application Process

Questions and application materials should be sent as PDFs info@rebuild-foundation.org with subject line, “Last Name_Name of Internship.” No phone calls please.

April 30                                                        Applications due

Weeks of May 9 + 16                            Interviews (in-person or Skype)

May 31                                                          Notification of acceptance or waitlist status

June 2                                                           Deadline for confirming participation

June 3                                                           Offers extended to waitlisted applicants


Community Engagement Intern

Position Summary

This is a thirty (30) hour per week position that reports directly to Rebuild’s Community Engagement and Programming Manager. The community engagement intern is responsible for furthering Rebuild’s community outreach, creating stronger partnerships with neighboring organizations, attending community meetings, and offering support for many of Rebuild’s public programs and creative residencies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make community connections through some door-to-door work
  • Connect with local businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Cultivate neighborhood engagement through programs, community dinners, daily interactions with neighbors of all ages
  • Distribute program information to the community and broader public through multiple channels
  • Offer support for program logistics across sites.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a passion for Rebuild’s mission.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in higher education or a recent 2015 graduate
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Should possess experience working with diverse community groups and local and national program partners.
  • Has an ability to prioritize, multitask, and manage ambiguity within a fast-paced, highly fluid entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience with children and young adults is a plus
  • Access to a car is a plus, but not required.

Collections and Public Engagement

 

Position Summary

The Collections and Public Engagement Intern greets visitors to the Stony Island Arts Bank and helps to facilitate public access to the Johnson Publishing Library, Glass Lantern Slides, Frankie Knuckles Records and the Edward J. Williams Collection. In addition to staffing the reading room, the intern will work with the Collections Manager to support our ongoing cataloging of the collections. Additional work may include tour scheduling. Schedule may vary to support special events and programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and welcome visitors to the Stony Island Arts Bank.
  • Facilitate library registration and orientation.
  • Provide administrative support for Collections and Gallery staff.
  • Data entry and assistance with the development of collection-specific cataloguing
  • Phone and email correspondence to confirm tour schedules and payment
  • Collect visitor feedback for ongoing program development

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a passion for Rebuild’s mission.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in higher education or a recent 2015 graduate
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Should possess experience working with diverse community groups and local and national program partners.
  • Has an ability to prioritize, multitask, and manage ambiguity within a fast-paced, highly fluid entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience with collections-based work and/or asset management a plus.
  • Priority given to students currently enrolled in Museum Studies or Library and Information Science degree programs.

Black Cinema House Intern

 

Position Summary

This is a thirty (30) hour per week position that reports directly to Rebuild’s Cinema Programs Manager and Cinema Education Coordinator. Focus will be on supporting Black Cinema House’s summer workshops and film screenings through outreach, recruitment, event staffing, teaching assistance, technical assistance and development of special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support program staff in hosting events, including setup, staffing, possible technical assistance and takedown
  • Assist with local outreach to promote screenings, including some door-to-door work and organizational contacts
  • Assist with video workshops, including recruitment, equipment set-up and in-class assistance
  • Assist in development of special summer events, including workshop student screenings and outdoor events.
  • Offer support for program logistics across sites.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates a passion for Rebuild and Black Cinema House’s mission.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in higher education or a recent 2015 graduate
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Preferred experience with digital media technology and/or video production and projection
  • Has an ability to prioritize, multitask, and manage ambiguity within a fast-paced, highly fluid entrepreneurial environment.
  • Access to a car is a plus, but not required.

Essay Questions

[1]

Rebuild’s work integrates artistic and creative production into the fabric of neighborhoods. Embedded within this work is a deep understanding of building strong community through arts engagement. In 500 words or less, explain your understanding of engaging community through art. How would you challenge traditional understandings of building a strong community?

[2]

During the course of your internship, you will work with your cohort to develop and launch a new program, event, or project for Rebuild Foundation. In 500 words or less, describe the strategies and tactics you would undertake to develop, promote, and launch this new initiative.

[3]

Pitch us a program, project or special event. Pitch must include the following information:

  • Program/Project/Eventtitle (40 characters maximum)
  • Day, time and duration of your program
  • Partner organizations or individuals
  • Audience
  • Projected attendance
  • Budget, including all projected expenses
  • Program/Project/Event descriptions
    • 200 words describe the program
    • Short-form promotional description (75 words or less).
    • Tweet-length promotional description (140 characters max)