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Membership and Events Intern

Organization: International Society for the Performing Arts
Date Posted: 7/10/2018
Date Needed: 8/17/2018
City: New York
Location: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: Internship/Fellowship
Salary: $500.00 monthly
Type of Position: Internship

Description & Details

International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is seeking an intern for fall 2018. Reporting to the Manager of Membership and Events (MME), the Membership and Events Intern will provide administrative support to the ISPA team, which will be gearing up for the Congress held in New York City, January 8-10, 2019 and initiating the membership renewal process for 2019. Two major areas of responsibility will include processing event registrations and providing customer service to members and prospective members. This is a paid position. Application Deadline: August 17, 2018

Event Support

Working with the MME, the intern provides important support for all Congress registrations and events leading up to the Congresses, including: 

  • Coordinate the registration process including responding to registration inquires and processing registrations 
  • Recruit, schedule, and manage volunteers 
  • Assist with the onsite registration and check-in process during the Congress including material preparation, logistical coordination for transporting materials, setup/strike of registration area at multiple venues, in-person customer service
  •  Process and file invoices
  • Update congress app

Membership Support

ISPA has a diverse membership of over 500 members representing 59 different countries. The intern will be involved with ongoing communication with this membership constituency, including:

  • Assist the MME in responding to requests for support and information from all customers including ISPA members
  • Process membership applications, assist new members with setting up their online accounts
  • Troubleshoot issues with member accounts 
  • Perform updates to the website

Qualifications and Skills

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of an arts management program or related field 
  • Internship or work experience with cultural or non-profit organizations
  • Experience as a volunteer or organizing/recruiting volunteers
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Basic HTML/CSS knowledge
  • Knowledge/skill with image manipulation/Photoshop desirable
  • Efficient and organized with a keen attention to detail
  • Fluency or conversational skills in a second language desirable
  • Work well in a team environment where a small staff is responsible for a variety of tasks and initiatives


We are seeking one intern for September 2018-January 2019. This position is part-time at 24 hours per week, with full-time hours during the week of the congress and the preceding week (December 31, 2018 – January 11, 2019). Compensation is $500 per month, plus monthly metro card reimbursement. ISPA’s office is located in Manhattan.

About the Organization

ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts, is a global association of arts management leaders, who come together with the shared goal of strengthening the arts internationally by building leadership ability; recognizing and discussing field-wide trends and new developments, and deepening global exchange through the arts.

How to Apply / Contact

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF document via email to indicating “Fall 2018 Intern Application” in the subject line of the email:

  • Cover letter addressed to Ann Pattan, Manager of Membership and Events detailing your experience, career goals, and why you are interested in the position. 
  • Resume
  • List of three references

All applications must be received by 5pm EDT, Friday, August 17, 2018. Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. ISPA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. ISPA is an equal opportunity employer.

Photos from New York 2017 ISPA Congress
Photos from New York 2018 ISPA Congress

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