The Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks an Arts & Culture Planning Intern for MAPC's Arts & Culture Division. The Arts & Culture Division is a team of planners and artists dedicated to engaging arts and culture in promoting smart growth and livability. The Intern will assist planners with research, writing, design work, mapping, and/or data collection that enhances the planning and policy priorities of the Division. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of urban planning and arts and cultural policy topics and have prior experience working with artists and/or arts and cultural organizations. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research and planning projects, build new connections, and contribute to the development of exciting projects and partnerships.
MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels. For more information about MAPC, visit ****To learn more about our arts and culture work, visit ****Examples of Duties
Research on local bylaws/ordinances pertaining to arts and cultural uses, permitting procedures pertaining to arts and cultural activities, and urban design guidelines
Research and writing on topics such as creative community development, cultural economic development, creative placemaking, cultural traditions, arts and cultural organizations, and cultural districts
Collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative arts and culture data through field work, surveys, or other methods
Monitoring arts and cultural policy at the local, state, and federal levels
Communicating by phone and email with municipal staff and community partners
Providing assistance with the design and execution of public meetings and events
Performing other duties as necessary
The following are required qualifications for the position:
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
Knowledge of principles related to arts and cultural policy and planning. Topic areas include: creative placemaking, urban design, public art, historic preservation, creative community development, cultural economic development, smart growth, and social equity.
Experience with design software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp, and Illustrator.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, Publisher)
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with municipal staff, arts and cultural organizations, and the general public.
Strong organizational skills, with a commitment to the quality of products.
The following are preferred qualifications for the position:
Experience with social media and creative communication tools including video and photography.
Experience working with data sets from federal, state, and local agencies.
Experience with ESRI ArcMap for spatial analysis.
Familiarity with research and evaluation methods, such as Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Demonstrated innovative, strategic, and analytical capabilities; self-motivation and goal-oriented approach.
$17 - $21 per hour, depending on qualifications. This is a paid, part-time (10-20 hours per week) internship with flexibility. To qualify as an intern, individuals must be enrolled in a course of study, provide written verification of their status, and agree to a scheduled end date upon hire.
How to Apply
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit two (2) references. This position is for the fall of 2018 beginning in September and continuing through December, with the possibility of an extension into the spring of 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Apply online at ****Please attach a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio that includes a writing sample. A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA.
MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.