Assistantships

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The Arts Administration program has partnered with local and campus arts organizations to create arts-based assistantships for graduate students. Graduate assistants are selected through an application and interview process with each organization. Positions range from ten to fifteen hours per week and are funded through the federal work-study program. In order to be eligible for an assistantship you must submit the FAFSA  and qualify for federal work study aid.

Current Assistantship Partners

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is the only professional theatre in the state of Indiana dedicated solely to new plays. In operation for 32 years, BPP serves both the Bloomington and national theatre community by working with talented playwrights, actors, and artists to develop high-level productions for local patrons, as well as the many audiences attending subsequent productions of scripts that originated at the BPP. BPP is an advocate for playwrights and new plays and believes firmly that they are not only important, but absolutely vital to the future of the art form.

Position: General Administration

Position description: Graduate Assistants provide a broad level of support, including marketing, fundraising, and general assistance in the theatre. The objectives of this position are primarily to improve the effectiveness of public relations and fundraising efforts and to build the audience for plays.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. The BCT is a community resource, available for rental to local artists and promoters, and presents a wide range of nationally touring concert acts and special film events. A typical weekend would include: the Hip Hop Congress presenting dance performance by student groups from around the region; the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra presenting their "ABC Show," and "all Bach concert"; the world premiere of a locally produced feature film; the Open Door church service; and the Chef's Challenge, a fundraising event for the Community Kitchen, with local chef's competing on stage. 

Position: Front of House

Positions Description: 

After training with the Executive Director, Graduate Assistants are in charge of house management for all of the approximately 165 public events each year. The House Manager is the final contact with the promoter partner, making sure all details of the event are clearly understood and theater staff are adequately prepared for the show. Graduate Assistants follow up with the promoter after the show, conduct a user survey, and record this information for further analysis. Box Office shifts cover ticket sales and will call on the night of the show and some BCT Box Office/Downtown Visitor Center hours during regular Box Office operations. Graduate Assistants may also cover concessions shifts, which are fun, fast-paced, and bring perspective on this crucial revenue stream for all venues.

In addition to event staffing, each student is assigned an administrative focus where they will spend 2-3 hours per week throughout their full assistantship. Areas of focus include: marketing, social media, contracting, business management, and special events. At the end of each semester, assistants prepare a report to share with staff, analyzing the growth of the organization in their area of responsibility.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The mission of Cardinal Stage Company is to advance professional theatre in Bloomington, Indiana. Cardinal aims to cultivate a lifelong passion for the stage by offering diverse, high quality productions in tandem with outreach and educational initiatives that contribute to the cultural and economic vibrancy of South-Central Indiana.

Position 1: Development Assistant

Position description: The Development Assistant supports the Director of Development in fundraising activities, including researching grants and preparing grant applications, composing grant and fundraising reports, coordinating the annual Red Feather Gala, assisting in the establishment of the stewardship plan, and creating fundraising campaigns. In addition, the Development Assistant will assist in gift processing, acknowledgements, stewardship, sponsorships and event support. Interested students should be able to problem solve, work independently and in collaboration with others and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Design (Adobe Creative Suite) experience is a plus.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Position 2: Marketing Assistant

Position description: The Marketing Assistant supports the Marketing Director in audience development, subscriptions, box office, patron relations, Rocky Horror Picture Show event, off-site booths and events, gift certificate processing and mass marketing ideas.  The Marketing Assistant will also organize education classes Cardinal offers. Interested students should be able to problem solve, work independently and in collaboration with others and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Design (Adobe Creative Suite) experience is a plus.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) is composed of galleries, live music, performing arts, over 90 restaurants and 100 specialty shops, parks, hotels, and cozy neighborhoods in ten distinct character districts – each with a personality all its own. BEAD is an economic development project of the City of Bloomington and is designated an official Indiana Cultural District by the Indiana Arts Commission.

Position 1: Assistant for the Department of Economic & Sustainable Development

Position Description: The assistant facilitates external communications and community relations for BEAD, including designing e-newsletters, managing social media accounts, updating website content, and designing and distributing collateral materials such as maps and brochures. The assistant also conducts research on arts and economic development and supports the City of Bloomington Arts Commission as needed.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Position 2: Assistant for the Department of Economic & Sustainable Development

Position Description: The assistant supports visual arts and public arts programming for the City of Bloomington, including managing the public exhibition program, supporting the public art program, and managing special arts events. This role also supports the Bloomington Arts Commission by managing their annual grant program and acting as research assistant for special projects.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class facility and program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms. The Indiana University Cinema is located in the heart of the Bloomington campus and each semester, it screens more than 120 films titles, hosts dozens of filmmakers and scholars, and offers unique cinematic experiences.

Position: Engagement Assistant

Position Description: The Engagement Assistant is responsible for research, outreach, and partnership development with community groups and IU departments, as well as drafting communications and marketing to these groups through email, web, social media, and in-person pitches. Coordination of guest filmmaker events and other general administrative support is also a part of the position's duties.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. A Bloomington institution for 20+ years, Lotus offers year-round, all-ages multicultural arts programming including the flagship Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Lotus Blossoms educational outreach in schools, visual arts workshops and exhibitions, the annual Edible Lotus benefit event, and art-centered collaborations with community partners.

Positions: Graduate Assistants

Position Description: Graduate Assistants will be assigned each semester to a specific area of operations, usually Development or Outreach, and often to a particular event such as Lotus Blossoms (spring), Edible Lotus (spring/summer), or the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (fall). Assistants will carry out independent work related to that event or area under the supervision of the appropriate Lotus staff member.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures offers research and training opportunities for IU students, educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers, and family-friendly exhibits and programs.

Position 1: Development Graduate Assistant

Position Description: The Development Graduate Assistant develops and coordinates a number of fundraising activities for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Development responsibilities include researching grant opportunities, assisting with grant applications, preparing materials for the Annual Fund or Special Gifts campaigns, and developing and working with the constituent relationship database.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Position 2: Marketing Graduate Assistant

Position description: The Marketing & Publicity Graduate Assistant organizes and coordinates a range of marketing and publicity activities for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Marketing and Publicity responsibilities include coordinating social media, coordinating the MMWC e-newsletter, and assisting with special promotions for exhibits and events.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120

Position 3: Education Graduate Assistant

Position description: The Education Graduate Assistant coordinates public programs including Art in the Park, Lotus Blossoms, Family Craft Days, and Halloween Family Fun Fest, and assists in the development of lectures, artists’ visits, and other programs. In addition to public programs, the assistant will work on projects like developing gallery activities or audio tours, cataloguing education collection materials, designing tours, and assisting with exhibition research.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Position 4: Exhibitions Graduate Assistant

Position description: The Exhibitions Graduate Assistant aids in ongoing projects in a variety of ways including research and exhibit installations and de-installations (including hands-on construction and painting). It is also likely that the assistant will be responsible for developing an exhibit, including research, artifact selection, design, script writing, hall preparation, mount creation, and installation of the exhibit.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

WonderLab is an award-winning science museum and friendly family destination in the heart of downtown Bloomington, close to Indiana University. The two-story museum offers hands-on exhibits and programs rich in educational content for visitors of all ages.

Position: Development Assistant

Position Description: Under the direction of the Development Director and Development Associate, the Development Assistant identifies and prepares grants; researches and prepares solicitations for potential individual, corporate, and foundation funders; drafts acknowledgment letters and other correspondence; prepares donor stewardship plans; manages development database and fundraising reports; helps plan and organize fundraising events including the Science Night Out gala; and provides administrative support as needed.  

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Non-Work-Study Assistantship Partners

The IU Art Museum’s mission is to preserve, exhibit, collect, research, publish, and interpret original works of art to advance the academic goals of Indiana University and to enrich the cultural lives and spiritual well-being of society.

Position 1: Communications & Public Relations Assistant

Position Description: The IU Art Museum seeks students with exemplary written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and people skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. The communications and public relations assistant needs to be comfortable using Microsoft Office, have knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, and possess excellent time management skills. The assistant will support the department with a variety of tasks including visitor surveying, data entry, market research and analysis, and distributing materials to museum partners.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

Position 2: Finance Assistant

Position description: This position will assist the Finance Director in day-to-day business tasks.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Indiana University Auditorium is one of the premier cultural centers of the Midwest. Opening its doors in 1941, the Auditorium season consisted primarily of classical concerts with ticket prices costing about one dollar. Today, the Auditorium remains the primary gathering place for community ceremonies, lectures, and a wide range of performing arts and world-class touring entertainment. Important figures in government, science, and the arts speak at the Auditorium, and many great artists, entertainers, and musicians are presented in its opulent 3,200-seat theatre. The Auditorium also houses the Dailey Family Memorial Collection of Hoosier Art, the IU Auditorium Organ, and the Thomas Hart Benton murals.

Position: Marketing Assistant

Position Description: The Marketing Assistant at IU Auditorium will have involvement in all areas of the departmental responsibilities, including but not limited to group sales, educational outreach, advertisement, promotion, distribution, research, and media relations. The applicant should be comfortable using Microsoft Office, have knowledge of social media platforms, and possess excellent time management skills. The IU Auditorium seeks student with exemplary written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and people skills, and a keen eye for detail.  Knowledge of HTML and/or Adobe creative suite is a plus.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The mission of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is to advance the art, scholarship, and appreciation of the theatre and its place in society. We pursue this mission collectively and as individuals through theatrical productions, presentation of our work in national and international venues, formal instruction, and individual mentoring.

Position: Marketing Assistant

Position Description:

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

The Wylie House Museum is the historic 1835 home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. The home is owned and operated by IU Libraries. It is open to the public and welcomes visitors on a regular basis. In addition, the museum has an education facility which houses archival collections and hosts a variety of events, from class visits and department workshops to small exhibits and outreach programming.

Position: Assistant to the Director

Position Description: The assistant will fulfill a variety of roles and gain a breadth of experience at this small museum. The assistant helps the director with daily museum duties related to volunteer coordination, museum maintenance, programming, and reference/research assistance. The assistant will have some administrative responsibilities and will manage social media accounts, update web content, and be responsible for external communications and marketing. This role also supports the research and collection management responsibilities associated with operating a small museum.

Hours per week: 15

Wage: $3,120 per semester

FAFSA

To be eligible for an assistantship you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and qualify for federal work study aid.

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