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Position: Arts & Culture Marketing Intern

Part time, paid hourly, 15 hrs/week

Multiple positions available with a concentration in writing, graphic design, photography and/or social media planning and production. Internship focus will relate to skills and strengths of candidate(s).

The ideal candidate(s) for this position will have a strong interest in learning more about the tools and strategies used by the Michigan News office to provide accurate, clear, and compelling public information about the arts; to consider methods for attracting and retaining core audience groups; and to support the U-M Arts & Culture brand and identity by maintaining a high level of quality and consistency across a broad range of multimedia materials.

The candidate(s) will have the opportunity to fully participate in the work of the Department, assisting the Arts & Culture Communications Manager with a combination of the following projects: monitoring, writing for, and updating the arts website; covering arts events on campus, actively maintaining and growing arts social media presence (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat); and assisting with PR strategy. The mix of projects will be dictated by departmental needs and timelines, but every effort will be made to provide a rich and rewarding work experience with real learning potential.

Routine but critical matters to be handled by the marketing communications intern(s), include drafting and compiling media distribution lists; maintaining images and captions for promotion; updating the arts website; assisting with promotional events; fulfilling media, campus, and regional requests for materials or information; undertaking research, writing, and/or editing projects as needed; and maintaining media files.


  • Completed or currently pursuing a BA in the arts, communications, marketing or the humanities preferred. Keen sensitivity to written and spoken language, including individual and institutional “voice.”
  • Discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive or confidential information.
  • Attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, a collaborative working style, and flexibility involving having one’s work edited.
  • An interest in the visual arts and belief in the cultural, historical and intellectual value of arts and culture at the heart of a university setting.
  • Comfort with technology, and conversant in Microsoft Office programs. Website content management and social media experience required; photography and/or graphic design skills are ideal, but not required.

*Along with your resume, please submit the following:

  • A written statement about what you hope to learn from this experience
  • Examples of any related written communication links (can include blogs), social media or design work.
  • What your weekly schedule will allow during Summer 2019.

If selected for an interview, there may be a task assigned to assess skill level in a particular area.

Please submit materials to arts-culture@umich.edu by May 3, 2019. Although the posting end date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.