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South Haven Center for the Arts

Summer Internship Opportunity Description

Posted April 20, 2024



Position Description

The South Haven Center for the Arts (SHCA) intern will assist with the Summer Children’s Arts Program, help with special events planned for the duration of the internship, including South Haven Art Fair, serve as gallery attendant, assist with gallery preparation, and complete back-office and other operational duties as requested.


The intern will be supervised by SHCA Executive Director, Kerry Hagy. The intern will work in collaboration with other SHCA staff when appropriate.  This position will provide a learning environment for the intern in the fields of arts and art administration and will further the art centers mission to Enrich Our Community through the Arts.



The goals of the SHCA Summer Internship Program are to provide the intern with an understanding of how the art center operates on a daily basis as a non-profit community cultural organization, and gain experience to help build a solid foundation moving forward in the field of arts and culture.



The successful candidate must have completed at least two years of high school, be 16-22 years-old, as well as the following:


  • Demonstrated interest in the arts and positive attitude about arts and culture

  • Record of achievement that demonstrates the ability to interact with the public, including a friendly and outgoing disposition and a beginning level of professional courtesy 

  • Cooperative attitude

  • Willingness to learn and operate as a valued member of the SHCA team


How to apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter or email telling us why you want this internship position. Email to Kerry Hagy, Executive Director at or drop off at 600 Phoenix St. South Haven, MI 49090



  • Teaching Assistant, Summer Educational Programming:  Collaborate with the Education Programs Coordinator and teaching artists to assist with art instruction for K-8 grade students. This includes completing attendance sheets, setup and cleanup, guiding students, keeping art supply area clean and organized, and other duties, as needed.

  • Special Events: Help execute children’s programming at the South Haven Art Fair, exhibition opening/closing receptions, and other special events planned for the duration of the internship.

  • Gallery Attendant:  Greet visitors, provide background on the current exhibit, answer questions, cultivate relationships and new members, and operate cash register.

  • Exhibition Setup/Teardown:  Assist volunteers and staff to prepare the gallery for new exhibitions, including clearing the current exhibition, cleaning floors and prepping walls.

  • Administrative Assistance:  Perform other operational duties, as needed, including data entry and updating SHCA website.


The intern will work the 80 to 100 hours required under the funding of this internship and will be paid starting at $11/hour, $13/hour for a student who has completed some college. Executive Director Kerry Hagy will work with the intern to schedule the intern’s hours.


The intern will work no more than eight hours maximum per shift, and will be given one fifteen-minute break every four hours, as well as a half-hour for lunch in an eight-hour shift.


Training & Evaluation

General orientation provided by SHCA Executive Director Kerry Hagy. The Executive Director will provide the intern with performance feedback at the mid-point and end of the internship.


Dress Code

Intern must dress in a professional manner.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the South Haven Center for the Arts to provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, religious background, creed, color, national origin, age height weight, gender, parental status (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identification, disability, military affiliation or labor organization.

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