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Call for Interns Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Educational Coordinator


The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, a 501c-3 non-profit, is currently taking applications for a variety of intern positions for 2012-2013. There are both paid and unpaid internships available. Positions may begin as early as April, and continue throughout the summer into the fall. There are internships available in Graphic Design, Promotion/Marketing, Arts Administration, Educational Outreach, Grant Writing, and Gallery Management.

NCLAC’s intention is to provide opportunities for student interns so that they gain practical and professional experience, or so they may simply have an outlet for helping the community we serve. Russell Pirkle, former grant writing intern, said of his experience, “My internship at NCLAC was extremely beneficial to my career goals. I learned so many things that I have used and will continue to use. Also, with NCLAC I was able to build a well-rounded resume and make valuable connections with professionals in my field.”

To be accepted as an intern, candidates must submit a resume packet, undergo a reference check, and be interviewed by NCLAC’s staff and Board of Directors. The interview process will begin in March.

If appropriate placements can be made, student interns will be assigned to work under NCLAC staff and Board, who will see that they adhere to a work schedule, are evaluated, and observe the same rules and codes of conduct as all employees of NCLAC. Hannah Greer, former marketing intern, said the internship provided projects that suited her interests and “provided a lot of opportunities for me to create something of my own.”

The qualified intern will provide creative support and clerical services to the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, assisting in areas such as Programs, Special Events, Public Relations, and Development.

The intern will assist in planning, implementation, and execution of: Holiday Arts Tour, MARK Programming, Piney Hills Gallery, Summer Arts Camp, Peach Art Exhibit, and various other special programs. The intern will have the opportunity to assist in public relations, promotional materials, press releases, e-marketing, tracking press clippings, and editing print pieces. The intern will aid in fund-raising, with opportunities in grant proposal and report writing. The work is full of variety.

Both interns interviewed said the experience gave them confidence in their abilities and allowed room for creative, professional growth. Pirkle said he “transitioned from being a student who had not done very much in the real world to being a professional with things to contribute and value. My internship at NCLAC was an extremely empowering experience.”

NCLAC seeks individuals with good communication and organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work within an established system and time frame. The hours required are 8-10 hours per week, but hours are flexible depending on the intern’s school schedule. Greer was especially pleased with the “great amount of flexibility in work schedule and assignments.”

If you are interested in applying, send a cover letter, resume, transcript and references via email to Jessica Slaughter, Educational Coordinator, at  To learn more about NCLAC and our programming, visit our blog at, and our site at