Center for the Arts and Humanities Paid Summer Internships


The Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce a new paid internship initiative for Colby students at cultural institutions in Waterville and the surrounding area. These internships offer wonderful opportunities for Colby students to gain professional experience, perform applied research, and embrace their local community in meaningful ways while learning about:

  • Arts Administration
  • Arts and Economic Development
  • Arts Education
  • Arts Festival Management
  • Arts Marketing

These internships may range from 30-35 hours a week and students will receive a grant award roughly equivalent to $14.50 per hour. Successful applicants will live and eat on the Colby campus (for a modest fee). The internships range from six to ten weeks. Students should select from the list of opportunities below:

Sum Camp
Sum Camp seeks interns to partner with our arts teachers to help develop, test, and package a brand new and engaging math curriculum that uses the arts to help children develop a basic sense of numeracy. This is a unique opportunity not only to work in the community but to meet amazing kids! For the first part of the summer, interns will work with teachers to develop a curriculum and during the month of July, interns will work daily with students in grades four and five to help them develop a love of math. Expertise in math is not required. A love of learning, the arts, and enjoying new ways of thinking is all you need. You will work alongside our instructors throughout the day, encouraging and guiding students to be their best math selves. This is a truly rewarding experience that focuses on a small group of students in the Waterville public school system. Come have fun and play games with us! Internships are from May to August for 35 hours per week (approximately 10 weeks).

The L.C. Bates Museum
is offering summer internships that will support ongoing museum programming and increase public access to the museum’s arts or humanities collections through intern research, cataloging, and exhibition. The intern would be involved in all aspects of museum programming from advertising to hosting programs, and from supporting youth art experiences to evaluating program surveys. Interns would select objects from the museum’s many engaging collections, and research and catalog them (e.g. Asian ceramics, a print collection, late 19th and early 20th century photographs, Pre-Columbian materials, historic tool collections, etc.). They may develop a related virtual or museum exhibition. Interns would have the opportunity to assist a conservator working in the museum, and to help host two day-long Collections Care and Storage workshops. The museum’s mission is to inspire wonder, especially for younger rural children. These enjoyable internships will directly support this mission and our community visitors. Internships are from May to August for 35 hours per week (approximately 10 weeks).

The Maine Film Center
seeks Production Assistants to assist in the organization, promotion, and presentation of the annual Maine International Film Festival in July. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the festival, from audience experience and operations (special guest services, project management, etc.) to technical team assistance (pre-screening of films, assistance with projection). Interns will work closely with Festival staff and be able to learn all aspects of organizing a major independent film festival. Interns are integral, valued members of the festival team and will be assigned duties that best match their interests, skills, and areas of study. Internships begin in early to mid-June and run through late July for 36 hours per week (approximately 6 weeks).

The Waterville Public Library
seeks energetic, intrepid, fun-loving interns to participate in various summer Library programs for adults, teens, and children. Summer interns will have the opportunity to assist in the development, promotion, and evaluation of Library events and programs. In addition, the intern(s) will participate in community outreach activities and events. (Outreach activities may include off-site story times, school/childcare visits, community activities, and operating the Library’s Book Bike, a Library mobile outreach initiative.) This internship opportunity is best suited for individuals who have strong customer service skills, a commitment to inclusivity, the ability to work with people of all ages, and presentation skills. (The ability to dance while wearing a giant mouse costume is also most welcome, but certainly not required.) Internships begin in May and run through August for 36 hours per week (approximately 10 weeks).

Ticonic Gallery + Studios
seeks interns to support instructors in preparing class materials, help manage and supervise art camps and community programs as well as provide valuable assistance in the arts classroom and educational outreach. Interns will also be a part of a team that supports the gallery space to deinstall and install exhibitions and provide general gallery support. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator, well-organized, committed to education + access, interested in the arts, flexible, reliable, and have a good sense of humor. This position will interface with all members of the WC team and will report to the Education + Outreach Manager. Ticonic Gallery + Studios (TGS), a division of Waterville Creates, is a collaborative art space located in the Paul J. Schupf Art Center at 93 Main Street, Waterville. TGS includes an arts classroom, a clay studio, and a visual arts gallery with rotating exhibitions. TGS seeks interns to assist with arts education + outreach, gallery management, and general programming initiatives. Internships begin in May and run through August for 36 hours per week (approximately 10 weeks).

Waterville Creates!
whose mission is arts experiences for all, Waterville Creates seeks highly motivated, fun-loving, and creative individuals to serve as Program Interns to our thriving, downtown arts space. Program Interns will assist with administrative and programmatic initiatives at Ticonic Gallery + Studios (TGS), the Maine Film Center (MFC), the Waterville Opera House (WOH), the marketing team, and the administrative offices. Ideal candidates are passionate about arts and entertainment, revel in learning new things, enjoy engaging with the public, and are eager to collaborate with Waterville Creates’ diverse and creative team.

The range of programming includes art camps, theatre camps, clay programs, a summer film festival, and free community programs. Intern duties will include some of the following: providing general and key support for art and theater programs, maintaining classroom and Opera House spaces, working with WC staff to prepare theater sets, and costumes, and preparing materials for arts and theater programs. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator, well-organized, committed to education and access, interested in the arts, flexible, reliable, adaptable, and possesses a good sense of humor. Join us in fostering creativity, community engagement, and a shared love for the arts!

This position will interface with all members of the WC team and will report to the Manager of Outreach and Community Partnerships. The mission of Waterville Creates is arts experiences for all and is located at the Paul J Schupf Art Center at 93 Main St in Waterville. Internships begin in May and run through August for 36 hours per week (approximately 10 weeks).

Prepare the following to apply:

1. Choose the organization that is the best fit for you
2. Pick a second choice
3. Prepare your cover letter
4. Prepare you resume and save as a PDF
5. Identify a current or former employment supervisor to request a reference, and let them know that they will be prompted to fill out a reference survey once you enter their name and email address in the application.

$14.50 Hourly Wage