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FotoFest 2004 Internships
January 26, 2004

FotoFest offers Internships for dedicated undergraduate students enrolled in universities or colleges in the greater Houston area.

Special opportunities are available for High School students. Contact us for more details.


  • Learn about careers in art and about all aspects of operating an international photo-based art festival.
  • Work on meaningful projects under the guidance of experienced professionals.
  • Make contacts with international art professionals
  • Develop mentor relationships with professionals who can advise and support you as you pursue your educational goals and career plans.
  • Share experiences within a tightly knit Intern group.

Interns work a minimum of 120 hours over the course of a semester. Each student receives an honorarium of $500.


ELIGIBILITY

PLEASE NOTE THAT INTERNS APPLYING FOR INTERNSHIPS DURING THE SPRING OF FESTIVAL YEARS WILL BE EXPECTED TO WORK THE ENTIRE MONTH OF THE FESTIVAL.
  • Undergraduates who are enrolled as sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Students from any major area of study who are pursuing a four-year degree
  • FotoFest encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is dedicated to a culturally diverse Internship group.


INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Because of the nature and size of the organization, Interns may be expected to perform duties outside of their descriptions. However, this is not usual. These descriptions should be considered as your regular duties.

Exhibitions: Exhibitions duties include maintenance of the FotoFest slide library, the logging and care of photos, research for upcoming exhibitions and the installation of shows. Students will interact extensively with curators and artists, while learning hands on skills about the handling, preservation and presentation of photographs. Knowledge of how to operate a camera and take photographs is desirable.

Meeting Place: The International Meeting Place is FotoFest’s portfolio review and brings photography professionals from all over the world to Houston during the International Month of Photography. The 2004 Meeting Place will be co-coordinated by Jenny Antill, a former Intern. Interns working with the Meeting Place will get a very good sense of the organization and administration that goes into organizing hundreds of reviewers and registrants from all over the world during a 14 day event. Clerical skills and professional telephone manners are a must. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus.

Press and PR: The maintenance of a prominent presence in both domestic and international press is important to the success and growth of FotoFest. Press Interns will assist the Press Coordinator in logging published articles and contacting newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations about coverage of FotoFest programs and events. Additionally, Interns may be asked to write press releases. Therefore, candidates applying for this position are asked to supply 3 additional writing samples (besides the essay) with their applications. This position is a great introduction to PR in an institutional setting. Additional duties may include maintenance of the FotoFest website and database. Demonstrated ability to read and translate Spanish is highly desirable.

Literacy Through Photography (LTP): The LTP program is FotoFest’s educational arm. This program puts cameras into the hands of public school students ranging from 3rd through the 12th grades. LTP Interns will be assisting the LTP coordinator by maintaining the cache of cameras and assembling information and lesson plans for teachers that participate in the program.

SOME BASIC COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE IS EXPECTED OF CANDIDATES REGARDLESS OF WHICH POSITION THEY ARE APPLYING FOR.

There are also opportunities for students with interests in the following areas:

  • Website design and maintenance
  • Auction administration
  • Community outreach


    APPLICATION PROCESS

    All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • An official college transcript including grades from the previous semester
  • One letter of recommendation from a college professor, in a field related to the Internship, if possible
  • A resume including permanent and current addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail, work history, and academic information including grade level, major, awards, and honors
  • A one-page, typed, single-spaced personal essay (not a cover letter) telling us about yourself and why you want to be a FotoFest Intern. Candidate should also indicate which position they are applying for.

    send to:

    FotoFest Interns
    c/o Vinod Hopson
    FotoFest
    1113 Vine Street
    Houston, Texas 77002

    Questions? Call Vinod Hopson at 713-223-5522 ext 26 or e-mail press3@fotofest.org


    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Summer – May 1
    Fall – August 1
    Spring – December 1


    SELECTION PROCESS

    • Applications will be reviewed by FotoFest staff
    • Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews. The interviews are conducted by previous or current FotoFest Interns
    • Selected Interns will be notified by telephone within a week of the interview


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