Position: Arts & Culture Marketing Intern

Part time, paid hourly, 10–15 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).

*For this round of intern hires, we’re specifically looking for creative Instagram story producers. Please submit an Instagram story about an arts event or exhibition on campus. Good stories include 6-10 videos/photos and clear, brief information about the subject. 

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 a written statement about what you hope to learn from this experience, and include examples of any related written communication links (can include blogs), social media or design work. 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 Sept. 12, 2018. Although the posting end date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.