Civitella seeks candidates for our paid internship program for the 2023 residency season. Interns are a treasured and integral part of our community and daily life. They provide assistance with library functions, the meal program, excursions, presentations, and exhibitions at the Center. Our interns work with both the Executive Director and the Residency Director on a variety of special projects built around individual interests, experience, goals, and skills. The Civitella internship is a true formative experience that stresses public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, and program planning. The deadline for applications is December 31st.
Roles and Responsibilities
Interns provide general assistance to the Executive Director, Residency Director, Program Coordinator, Program Assistant, the kitchen, and the Fellows. They prepare equipment and welcome packets for Fellows’ arrivals; provide transportation for Fellows and Guests to and from local train stations, airports, and bus stations; distribute orientation information and give tours of the facilities. They assist Fellows in their work as requested, run errands, greet guests, provide general assistance in the office and in the on-site gallery. They prepare for events, including technical assistance, and set up refreshments. They set and clear tables. They catalogue new books and DVD’s for the library, re-shelving after use. They catalogue and organize the Foundation’s ever growing art collection. They plan, research, and present historical and cultural information for at least one excursion. They research and introduce speakers and present Fellows to the Friends of Civitella. They attend staff meetings.
We seek interns annually, between the months April and November. Please note your availability in your letter of intent.
Skills and Requirements
Working knowledge of English is necessary as is a valid driver’s license. We prefer interns with knowledge of Italian, advanced computer skills, and additional language skills. Experience in the arts, in study or work abroad, and ability to drive stick shift vehicles are also preferred. We are most interested in candidates who are self-motivated, independent, work well in a group/team environment, have the flexibility to deal with an unpredictable set of tasks varying day to day, and are able to deal with an intensely motivated community in an idyllic but somewhat isolated place of work. An ideal intern maintains a positive, willing, and helpful attitude and should be open and diplomatic in interactions with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.
We offer the selected candidates round trip airfare and transportation (from place of residence to Civitella), lodging and meals for the period of the internship and a stipend for incidental expenses of $175 per week.
How to Apply
Applications must include a letter of intent as well as an up-to-date CV. Please list two references with their relationship to you and full contact information (phone, email). Your letter of intent should explain why the internship would be meaningful to you, how you might best contribute to the Civitella community, and what past experiences have prepared you for the work described above. All applications must be sent via email by December 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org. We review applications in January and conduct virtual interviews in February. Notification is sent to all candidates in March.
Notes from Past Interns
“Working at Civitella felt like a dream: I woke up in a 15th-century castle to a beautiful view of the Umbrian hills– a view I got to see all day. The beauty of the setting aside, my experience at Civitella, from the amazing staff to the engaging fellows to the dynamic work, was both grounding and enriching. Every day was different at the Castle, and I learned so much. I couldn’t imagine a more ideal first job out of college.”
– Juliette Neil, Past Civitella Intern 2021 and 2022
“The Civitella Internship is a challenging and enriching experience. It expanded my worldview, my empathy, and my exposure to all sorts of art, and was the largest determining factor in my career path. The staff is wonderful and welcoming; the setting is almost otherworldly. This internship is a unique opportunity for an English- and Italian-speaking college graduate who is an arts enthusiast and not afraid to get their hands dirty.”
– Hope Campbell-Gustafson, Current Senior Program Associate and Past Civitella Intern 2012, 2014, and 2017