PS.Intern | Fall 2018
Sep 16, 2018
Para Site is now calling for applications to our Fall 2018 internship programme. This internship will be an intensive engagement with the institution, with a commitment of 1 - 3 months, working closely with staff on a number of different Para Site programmes.
During your time at Para Site, you can expect:
• An introduction to the workings of a non-profit contemporary art institution
• Career-building activities
• Feedback and guidance from art professionals
• Exposure and engagement with the contemporary art community of Hong Kong
• Gain practical skills in art administration
• Meet a group of like-minded individuals
All of our interns will receive regular training from staff at Para Site. You will be assigned to different projects according to experience, interest, and time of internship.
Some practical matters:
• A minimum of one month commitment is required
• Minimum commitment of 8 hours per week
• Office hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00-7:00 pm (may on occasion, include overtime)
• Interns will be given a stipend
• Sept 16: Deadline for applications
• Sept 19 - 21: Interviews
• Sept 26: Induction
• Oct 2: Start of Fall Internship period
We are looking for proactive, organised, self-motivated individuals who can work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, supporting a small team with the following:
Exhibition / Programmes
Para Site’s main activity is of course its regular production of exhibitions of various scales. A number of our exhibitions also travel to partner locations around the world, and other locations within Hong Kong. Alongside our exhibitions are all of our public programmes including panel discussions, screenings, talks, performances and more.
As we are a small team of full-time staff, we require a lot of extra hands in the production, management and documentation of our events. Our Exhibition and Programmes interns will work closely with staff from start to finish on a project, learning about the numerous practical steps required.
Responsibilities for this position include installation/de-installation, captions and labels, artwork production, equipment/material sourcing, liaising with artists/galleries, shipment, floor-plan design (SketchUp is a plus!), condition checks, and public events coordination.
Development / Public Relations
Development essentially encompasses all of the fundraising aspects of the institution as well as the prolonged support in the growth of our programming capability/production. As a non-profit that is constantly expanding, we need year-round support that is garnered from various funding prospects.
Crucial moments in the development calendar are the Annual Auction Gala in the Fall, and Art Basel in Hong Kong in the Spring. On-going work with the Patrons Programme, Para Site’s Board of Directors, exhibition supporting materials, promotional campaigns, and grants management are also essential.
Our Development interns will be relied upon to provide consistent support in a number of collaborative and project-based event planning, and will be involved in the various processes of both large-scale and small-scale events production and funds acquisition.
With more than 20 years of history, Para Site’s material archive has grown exponentially along with the institution. We are embarking on an ongoing project to recollect and preserve Para Site’s history, while also organising, cataloguing, and streamlining its materials as we make them increasingly accessible to the public.
Our archive interns will typically have an interest in art and cultural history, library management and/or public engagement through accessibility. Responsibilities will include content production, gathering, and migration, translating/proofing texts in both English and Traditional Chinese, online archiving, offline archiving, updating records and more.
The CMBB Para Site International Art Residency runs as an auxiliary ongoing programme, on an invitation-only basis, on a yearly schedule. Residents can stay from anywhere between 2 weeks to 3 months, and come from all art backgrounds, on projects of varying scale that often result in the production of rich content including research, observational notes, art development.
The interns assisting with the residency programme will conduct regular monthly research for the residents, assist with meeting arrangements within Hong Kong, update welcome kits, ensure the residency flat is ready for their arrival, help with pre-arrival preparations, collate any reflective materials or research notes from the resident before their departure from Hong Kong.
This is an ideal position for those interested in working closely with international art professionals, is outgoing and enthusiastic about meeting new people and connecting them to Hong Kong’s network.
Para Site’s programmes are accompanied by a lot of supporting materials, whether for exhibitions and public programmes, or development and annual reports, and often these materials need to be visually appealing as well as efficient in communication. In the process of producing an exhibition, we will also need support with the practicalities of spatial design balanced with curatorial intent.
We are looking for creative, detail-oriented and efficient design interns to work on a number of different projects, including posters, presentations, social media content creation, video-editing, annual review book, floorplans (SketchUp), invitations, and proposals, to name a few.
The daily functioning of our office and gallery space is one typical of a non-profit art institution, which in itself is one of the most practical learning experiences for any art professional.
All our interns will at one time or another be supporting general office administration and also help with the organisation of events outside of Para Site (including the International Conference & Training Programme for Curators and Critics, opening dinners, and public programmes), source appropriate contacts for venues, manufacturing, decoration, special events, and assist with other ad-hoc tasks.
If you are interested in taking part in the PS.Intern programme, please email your full CV with statement of motivation (max. 300 words), your 3 areas of interest from the list above, and available dates to Jenny Tam: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 16, 2018. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview shortly after the deadline.