Internships

Houston Center for Photography – Internship Program

The Houston Center for Photography seeks creative individuals with an interest in photography and the visual arts for internship opportunities. Offered year round, internships at HCP provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to gain practical, hands-on experience in our exhibitions, education, and development departments. HCP’s programming includes exhibitions, educational classes, workshops, community education programs and initiatives, fellowships, publications, a digital darkroom, and a library. Our hope is to match each intern with duties that match their interest and learning goals.

Internship Application Form


Qualifications for an Internship at HCP

  • Have strong verbal communication skills, and pleasant telephone manner
  • Be energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic to learn
  • Have excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Be a fast learner, team player, responsible
  • Require minimal supervision
  • Have a familiarity with Windows operating system (Microsoft Word, Excel)
  • Visual arts/photography background, knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat are a plus
  • Have a valid driver’s license and transportation for errand running (preferred, not required)
  • Must have previous work experience
  • A passion for photography, visual arts, and/or culture is essential
  • Can commit to a minimum of 3 months
  • Pursuing studies in college at the undergraduate or graduate level

Benefits

Internships are unpaid, but course credit can be arranged with the intern’s educational institution. In addition to gaining invaluable experience working in a small, established non-profit organization in the arts, benefits of internship include a free annual membership at the individual level, enrollment in two photography classes at HCP, use of the Digital Darkroom, and a webpage on HCP’s site featuring personal artistic work and information.


Internship Schedule

HCP internships require a commitment of at least 8 hours per week for 3 months (minimum) during HCP business hours of Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Scheduling for this internship is flexible. Weekend hours maybe required during special events.

  • Summer Internships take place June–August, deadline for applying is Apr 1st.
  • Fall Internships take place from Sept.–Dec, deadline for applying is August 1st.
  • Spring Internships take place Jan.–May, deadline for applying is November 1st. Now EXTENDED through Dec 1st!

Internship Applications

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, filled-out internship application and references by mail or email to:

By Mail

Houston Center for Photography
ATTN: Internship
1441 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77006

By Email to Natalie Rodgers

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As Exhibitions Intern, you will assist with the planning and execution of several exhibitions and events, featuring celebrated work by well-known artists and cutting edge photographic projects. This position is ideal for someone embarking on a career in Art History, Studio Art or Curatorial Studies.

You will have any or all of the following responsibilities:
• Prepare for installation and de-installation of exhibitions
• Assist registrar processing work received and shipped
• Assist with artist submissions processing and reviewing
• Conduct research on artists in preparation for upcoming exhibitions
• Assist with exhibition materials (press, artist statements, and resumes), filing, and database maintenance
• Maintain exhibition supply and print inventories
• Run errands in preparation for exhibitions
• Assist with archiving of exhibitions material
• Enter information related to exhibitions and artists into database
• Update and create exhibitions pages of the HCP website
• Creation of press packets for exhibiting artists
• Assist with creation and maintain stock of curatorial materials for exhibitions
• Lead exhibition tours to school groups
• Share the responsibility with other interns and staff of monitoring the gallery during open hours

As a Development Intern, you will assist with the administrative and marketing efforts of the organization related to audience development, grant and donor research, social media, and information distribution. This position is ideal for someone embarking on a career in Arts Administration, Museum Studies, or Development.

You will have any or all of the following responsibilities:
• Update member information on database
• Assist with fundraising event planning
• Assist with preparation of fundraising and membership materials and mailings
• Assist with preparation of Membership materials and mailings
• Assist with donor and grant research
• Assist with the planning and implementation of the Annual Print Auction
• Prepare images and artist bio’s for Featured Members section on the website
• Share the responsibility with other interns and staff of monitoring the gallery during open hours
• Research locations for future Capture Crawls
• Lead exhibition tours to school groups

As an Education Intern, you will assist with making available to the public HCP’s educational calendar and schedule of workshops, with library maintenance, database management, and with maintaining student records and information. This position is ideal for someone embarking on a career in Arts Education, Museum Education, Library Studies, as a Cataloguer or an Archivist.

You will have any or all of the following responsibilities:
• Organize new student info, statistics on classes, and class attendance records
• Maintain database class history of students
• Assist with online class evaluation
• Archive class sign-in spreadsheets
• Follow Certificate of Completion students class records
• Support during special events
• Publish new classes to the website
• Create new educational web pages as needed
• Catalogue books for the John Clearly Library
• Add newly acquired books to library catalog, wrapping them and adding call numbers
• Archive publications and periodicals in the library
• Lead exhibition tours to school groups
• Library maintenance and upkeep
• Share the responsibility with other interns and staff of monitoring the gallery during open hours

As Museum Education Intern, you will assist with the development of HCP’s Museum Docent program by conducting research on museum education, developing curriculum, and train docents. This position is ideal for someone embarking on a career in Arts Education and Museum Education.

You will have any or all of the following responsibilities:
• Research different theories on museum education
• Develop curriculum and materials for each exhibition for the following exhibitions calendar
• Research potential groups for tours, and schedule tours
• Research existing photography-based museum education curricula
• Create and update exhibition tour information
• Lead exhibition tours to school groups
• Organize training sessions for staff and volunteer docents

As a Community Education intern, you will assist with the expansion of HCP’s community programs by conducting research in the field and providing art education in the community in art festivals, community events, and on-location. This position is ideal for someone embarking on a career in Art Education, Museum Education and Community Arts.

You will have any or all of the following responsibilities:
• Research potential opportunities for Community Education
• Research existing photography-based Community Education Curricula
• Organize and maintain Community Education supplies
• Assist in the planning phase and participate in local community fairs and HCP community events
• Develop curricula for various outreach programming
• Design Community Education media kit
• Lead exhibition tours to school groups
• Assist Access and Community Education Coordinator and Teaching Artist with community programs