Paid Summer Internship Opportunities in Waterville’s Cultural Institutions

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 are compensated at an hourly wage of $9.80. Successful applicants will live and eat on the Colby campus (for a modest fee: likely to be $68 per week). The internships range from six to ten weeks. Students should select from the list of opportunities below.

Internship Opportunities:

1888535_596999887050663_902369181_nThe Maine Film Center seeks interns 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 marketing and promotion (social media promotion, targeted audience development, press releases, media events, etc.) to technical team assistance (pre-screening of films, assistance with projection). 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 (approximately 6-7 weeks).


478909_490622337657465_333749263_oCommon Street Arts (CSA) is downtown Waterville’s non-profit collaborative arts space. CSA seeks interns to assist in arts education programming and exhibitions offered throughout the summer. Interns will support CSA instructors in developing course materials, preparing and administering classes, and promoting the curriculum to the community. For exhibition support, interns will serve as gallery assistants, effectively communicate information about CSA exhibiting artists, programming, and membership. Interns may be called upon to do special research projects concerning community arts organizations and programming. Interns will be responsible for day-to-day management of gallery operations, public relations, customer service, marketing and promotion (social media, etc.), and website management. Internships begin in late May/early June and run through mid-August (approximately 10 weeks).


10390183_269025539947867_2192354648556812761_nWaterville Creates! is a collaborative consortium established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the vitality of Waterville. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as a major arts destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration and with its primary arts and cultural entities, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Museum of Art, and Waterville Main Street, serving as anchoring institutions, Waterville Creates! will become the generating and coordinating entity for arts programming and cultural collaborations within the community. WC! will also serve as a vibrant “face” of Waterville as the city builds its profile as a major site for art and culture in Maine and will simultaneously foster greater public awareness of and support for a robust creative economy in Waterville. Working with the WC! Executive Director, interns will research initiatives focused on social enterprise, creative economies, and economic development in communities with similar demographics to Waterville. Internships begin in early June and run through mid- August (approximately 10 weeks).


Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 2.54.58 PMOut & Allied Youth Theatre seeks one or more summer interns to assist in and provide leadership in its programming at Studio 93 in downtown Waterville. Out & Allied Youth Theatre is a troupe of artists who use theater to tell their stories, build community, and address issues of social justice. Members currently include middle school, high school, and college-age youth.Interns will engage in developing and implementing Out & Allied’s summer plans to (1) provide workshops in numerous facets of the performing arts through its Youth Theater Learning Laboratory, (2) devise a community performance that addresses issues of social justice, and (3) develop a pilot summer camp in the performing arts.Interns can expect to engage in a variety of activities including teaching workshops for the Learning Laboratory, assisting in coordinating Learning Laboratory workshops, directing Out & Allied Youth Theatre in all facets of producing a community performance, assisting in planning summer camp activities and leading many of them, marketing all summer programs, and assisting in recruiting youth members.


1052508_870159033101971_8752790482800449244_oMaine Lakes Resource Center and MLRC Annex is a rural non-profit dedicated to “Making Conservation A Tradition”. Our core belief is that we can change the hearts and minds of people through a variety of messaging approaches focused on conservation and the environment. We use music, history, the arts and a variety of community-engagement opportunities to bring people to us in order to hear and see pro-conservation messages that include science, recycling, and low-impact use of the environment. Working with the Director of Programming and the Community Engagement Coordinator, interns will be exposed to the daily operations of a socially responsible community non-profit, developing arts classes in our newly created Annex, learning and experimenting with promotion techniques, and helping to enhance our social media presence in new and creative ways. The focus this year is Water Quality, and there is opportunity to work with unique town government and economic development committee in order to improve messaging.


L.C.-Bates-MuseumThe L.C. Bates Museum of Natural History and Culture is offering summer 2017 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.


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 storytimes, school/childcare visits, community activities, and operating the Library’s BookBike, 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 late May/early June and run through mid-August (approximately 10 weeks).