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2017 Arts Fund Internship

As people moved by a vision of social justice, as people of color, as working class and poor people, as native people and immigrants, as women, men, old and young, queer and straight, we have learned the power of culture and art in our lives. We have come to understand that to participate fully in this world, we must be culturally grounded, confident of our voices, and certain of the value of our contributions in life. Cultura y Arte give us this grounding. They connect us to our histories and nurture the seeds of our self-worth. Through artistic creation and cultural expression, we as historically silenced and isolated individuals have come to a new understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world.

Interns are integral to this mission of social and environmental justice, cultural preservation, and community engagement. We are likewise committed to the professional development of interns and strive to provide them with a quality-learning environment in order to foster the skills necessary for job placement and advancement in various nonprofit, arts, social advocacy, and community organizing fields.

Eligibility: A candidate must be pursuing undergraduate studies with a minimum of 60 completed credit hours. Students who’ve already graduated will not be considered. You must be a resident of Bexar County.

General Information: This internship is made available by the Bexar County Commissioners Court for the duration of 10 weeks starting on or before June 5 until August 11, 2017 with a regular weekly schedule to be paid in a total sum of $3500. Interns must work at least a 40-hour week. This can include weeknights and weekends as may be required by Esperanza’s schedule, specific work hours can be flexible as along as the intern fulfills a 40-hour commitment. Students who are bilingual (Spanish/English) and comfortable interacting with communities of color and queer communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center would like to hire a summer intern for our program, En Aquellos Tiempos, Fotohistorias del Westside. The assignment will require the intern to work with a staff member and community members to gathering photos and oral histories. The intern will assist in scanning photos/documents, digitally archiving, and maintaining the established collection, which contains over 2,000 files. The intern will assist staff in the ongoing work of preservation and promote artistic and cultural expression among diverse communities. Details about each photo will also be collected: who is in the picture, where and when was it taken, etc. Using this post-custodial model, the Esperanza will use the digital copies of the photographs shared to convert them to life-size fotobanners hung around the Westside neighborhood. Moreover, the intern will work closely with community historians and archivists to learn practices for archiving and oral history gathering. The intern will also learn the importance of unpacking untold histories and develop researching skills that center marginalized communities. Through the process of storytelling, the intern will have access to direct insight to narratives from Westside elders, queer community members, and community activists.

Application Procedures: Candidates must submit a completed application along with a resume; two reference letters, a personal statement and a copy of their current transcript. All application items must be submitted as a complete package.

Application Deadlines and Dates: Postmarked by March 31, 2017

Mail, Deliver or Send Electronically to:
Attn – Summer Arts Internship
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78210
Email: esperanza@esperanzacenter.org

Bexar County Arts Internship - 2017

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