Position: Communications Intern
Reports To: Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Director
Compensation: Unpaid Internship
Term: 3-12 months, starting DECEMBER 2017. Up to 16 hours a week.
The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) supports the local arts infrastructure with a global outreach by presenting Honolulu Biennial. The launch of Honolulu Biennial in 2017 marked Hawaii’s first entry into the international biennial circuit. Honolulu Biennial has a focus on art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas. Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as art exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community. More information can be found at www.honolulubiennial.org
The Communications Intern will work collaboratively with all staff of HBF, will represent the organization to external parties through email and phone communication as well as in-person meetings, and will report directly to the Director who oversees communications for the organization. The primary duties of this position are: assisting with the execution of promotional and marketing plans to engage the public and publicize annual programs and the 2019 Honolulu Biennial through a variety of mediums, including web, e-news, print collateral, social media, and the press; communicating with artists, curators, partners and external participants to obtain information for print projects related to the exhibition; and relevant administrative duties that lead to the successful outcome of increasing public awareness about all exhibition and public program events.
The fitting candidate should be comfortable in social settings and engaging with the public, multitasking and working independently, and interested in supporting artists and discussing the topic of contemporary art and culture. This is an ideal position for graduate students and early career professionals interested in gaining communications experience in the non-profit sector and/or exploring a career in arts administration.
• Create, edit and publish content for HBF’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram
• Build marketing emails to promote upcoming HBF events and programs
• Use a website Content Management System (CMS) to update content on HBF’s website
• Assist with the management of a print production timeline, ensuring deadlines are met for exhibition wayfinding and print collateral
• Research for audience development and outreach
• Maintain official records, documents, and internal/external communications as appropriate
• Availability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings and events
• Other duties as assigned
• B.A. degree in communications or non-profit administration (or equivalent experience)
• Must be confident using social media for outreach and communication
• Experience with CMS a plus
• Must possess strong writing and editing skills
• Proficient in executing administration tasks across multiple platforms (Google Suite, Word, email, etc.)
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a self-starter
• Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
• Strong time management and organizational skils with a refined attention to detail
• Strong interest in collaborative, informal learning spaces
• Interest in contemporary art
• Demonstrated ability to work professionally and tactfully, represent HBF with
a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to policies, and support
management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
How to apply: Applications are being accepted until the position is filled. To apply please send a resume and cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org