Event Staff and Internships

Job Type

Part Time




538 Congress St.
United States





SPACE Gallery is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary art organization in Portland, featuring visual arts exhibitions, live music and performances, film screenings, lectures, workshops, community-based events, an artist-in-residence program, administers grants to artist projects throughout the state of Maine, and more. SPACE’s mission is to support contemporary arts projects, champion artists, and encourage an open exchange of ideas. SPACE prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SPACE Event Staff Description

SPACE’s Event Staff manage the operations of our 200 public programs a year in addition to SPACE’s core staff. SPACE prides itself on a unique community of staffers who pursue creative projects and believe in the inclusive, experimental, and creative community we seek to foster. Our Event Staff share communications responsibility in these uniquely public facing positions and are ambassadors for SPACE in the community at our events. Event Staff members work door for concerts or larger public programs and are trained (TIPS Certification for bartending, paid for by SPACE) to tend our bar during events. SPACE seeks to create a safe space through our event space and look for like-minded individuals who want to make an inclusive, safe space for socializing for a diverse audience in downtown Portland. We hope that event staff members would be able to work at least three events a month. However, based on our program calendar and staff availability, these positions can not guarantee any amount of hours per month and can range from having many opportunities to fewer during slow programming seasons. Event staff members must be available to work (occasionally late) nights and weekends. Our ideal candidates are creatives who would like to contribute to SPACE for additional cash, and would like to tap into the network and community SPACE fosters. Event staff will be paid a minimum of $11.50/hour while splitting tips generated by bar income, during event rentals of our venue SPACE Event Staff receive a rental bonus for their shifts. Additional benefits include all Event Staff get into all events at SPACE for free.




There are three available summer 2018 internships: music, marketing, and archives.

About the Internships

All interns will have opportunities to work with various staff members on special projects, learning about different aspects of what SPACE does from our artist studios to film programs to installations & exhibitions to bookkeeping to membership & fundraising and beyond. We always cater internships to the range of an interns' interests. Specific areas of need with job descriptions are posted below, but we are open to outside or specialized proposals related to an intern’s field of study or professional growth.

All summer 2018 interns will receive a $1500 stipend for their work at SPACE. In addition, interns will gain hands-on learning experience, interface with visiting and local artists, school credit where applicable, and access to all SPACE events free of cost. SPACE is always happy to have interns outside of academic credit programs, but will also collaborate with academic institutions if interns are seeking credits or professional requirements. SPACE will give priority to those new to our internship program.

Summer Internship Schedule

The typical schedule we ask for is availability for 10 weeks of work between June-August 2018. with general availability Wednesdays through Saturdays, though we are happy to be flexible around your school/work schedule. Each internship should be accompanied by a commitment of 10-15 hours a week (2-3 days a week). We ask that summer interns selected for these positions will communicate a schedule along with vacations they are planning ahead of time so that we can appropriately plan staff time and projects during their engagement at SPACE.

Note: The below internships are not a definitive list in terms of the kinds of internships we can offer, and each specified intern will likely work on a mix of projects in addition to their specific focus.


SPACE Intern Qualifications

We seek applicants who are eager to become immersed in an alternative arts venue and individuals who are considering a career in art and music, advocacy and activism, creative and conscious programming, and non-profit work of all types. These positions are best suited for current college and university students and recent graduates, but we accept applicants of all ages and education levels.

Successful candidates:

  • Have general knowledge and experience with contemporary arts including music, film, visual art, and/or performance
  • Have strong interest in audience development, communication, and community interaction
  • Are strong communicators, both written and verbal and work harmoniously with co-workers and peers in a collaborative environment
  • Are reliable, responsible, and punctual
  • Work well independently and on self-guided projects
  • Have the ability to help create and follow a work outline plan for the duration of the internship
  • Have a strong interest in community engagement and social justice
  • Fluency in French, Arabic, Somali, Acholi, Dinka, Spanish, or other language a plus 

SPACE Archives Intern

This intern largely works with a team of SPACE staff to organize and develop projects around SPACE’s archive and institutional history. As SPACE moves towards a new website as well as future projects better communicating our institutional history and former artist projects at SPACE, we seek enthusiastic and curious minds to help us refine our records, find appropropriate uses for them in printed matter and social media, and on our forthcoming new website. This intern will learn how to tell effective institutional and art historical stories, manage digital assets and databases, and engage with archival material through new media, printed matter, and the web.

Additional Qualifications for the Archives Intern:

  • Are meticulous and detail oriented
  • Have experience with Indesign, Photoshop, or video/audio software
  • Have experience or a strong interest in drafting a publication and/or content for the web.

Marketing Intern

This position will assist SPACE’s Communications Manager in the complete lifecycle of our events and exhibitions. The Communications Manager works with the Event Programmers to inform and educate the audience about upcoming events and experiences at SPACE, as well as document the events for the archive and future use.

This internship revolves around updating our weekly newsletter, monthly calendar, and event listings on our website, developing social media campaigns, postering and flyering around town, documenting events and exhibitions, plus special projects based on your interests and learning goals. The Communications Intern will also help with a variety of miscellaneous projects, art installations, and other daily operational tasks.

Additional qualifications for the Marketing Intern:

  • Have experience making promotional materials with the Adobe Design Suite, or similar
  • Have experience with photography, film and/or audio recording
  • Passion for using design and media to share information with an audience, preference for those with a passion for web communications and social media.

Music Programming Intern

The position will mainly work with SPACE’s Music Programmer, who is responsible for curating and booking 70 diverse concerts and music-centric programs a year, running the gamut of genres from hip hop to contemporary classical music to the totally unclassifiable. SPACE strives to showcase artistry and performers that are not being seen elsewhere. The internship will largely focus around supporting the booking and publicity of all musical acts, and assisting event and sound staff at select events. They will also have opportunities to help with a variety of miscellaneous projects, art installs, evening events, administrative tasks, marketing/publicity, and work closely with other staff members at SPACE.

Additional qualifications for the Music Intern:

  • Have general knowledge and passion for contemporary music
  • Experience with or dedicated interest in the management of events from inception to promotion to production/realization
  • Are comfortable using web-based technology to create events, and social media posts on a variety of platforms  

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest and relevant experience, resume, and three references to: jobs@space538.org. To be considered for the below internships, application materials should be received by March 15, 2018. Event staff position has a rolling deadline.