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Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Summer Internship – Metro – Portland, OR


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is hosting one paid summer internship. The anticipated start date is June 2019 and the opportunity will conclude in end of August. Due to the quick turnaround of this opportunity; interviews are being scheduled to occur on June 11,12,13, please save the dates.

This internship may be of special interest to High School students entering their Senior year and 1st and 2nd year College students who are interested in a career in performing arts, education and community engagement. Metro encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds in order to foster a community of diversity, unique life experiences and points of view.

The summer internship at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts gives students a unique opportunity:

  • To work in various areas of a performing arts venue.
  • The internship is tailored to the individual student.
  • Interns receive an overview of the daily functions of Portland’5 and gain experience in each department.
  • The intern will assist with events and be assigned specific projects related to the promotion and/or operation of Portland’5.
  • Work is performed under the guidance of the intern supervisor and will be reviewed and evaluated on a regular basis.
  • Interns will learn about different aspects of running a performing arts center; develop team work skills; learn computer, project management, and time management skills.

Schedule: Part-time, approximately 24 hours per week with a set schedule to be available on Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., other days flexible, occasional weekend days

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Application requirements
1) Complete electronic application 2) Answers to supplemental questions and 3) Attach a list of references (limit to 3 maximum)

Intern will receive opportunities to:

  • Help plan and implement Summer Arts on Main – free art activities for children.
  • Work many different aspects of a show; job shadowing for live productions.
  • Assist with tabling at Community Events.
  • Assist with Education program for K-12.
  • More opportunities may be provided; based on the skills shown by the intern and staff capacity.

Intern group activities (intern cohort group)

Summer Interns will participate in cohort group comprised of other interns learning and gaining work experience throughout the agency. Cohort group activities may include

  • Tours of Metro venues and work sites – take a field trip with us to some of the great places Metro owns and operates (zoo, parks and so much more).
  • Organized lunch meeting opportunities – learn about Metro; connect and make friends with other Metro interns.
  • Summer projects – complete a project that advances your educational and career goals.
  • Learning and professional development workshops and opportunities – have you met a park ranger, a map maker or an elected official? Here’s your chance. Learn more about the agency and gain new skills.
  • Opportunity to become a liaison between Metro and community based organizations – help us connect with your community, and let them know about us.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to perform basic math functions
  • Aptitude to provide excellent customer service
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Ability to be reliable and punctual

Other skills that would make you successful in this internship

  • Interest in a career in performing arts management, facility management and operations, project management or education and community outreach.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work autonomously, collaboratively and be adaptable to new circumstances.

Additional Information: Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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