***Unfortunately, with everything that has transpired with COVID-19 in recent weeks, we have found ourselves in a position in which we need to cancel our summer internship for 2020. While we are very disappointed about this, we would like to encourage interested applicants to continue to apply for future Design and Build sessions. Please sign up for email notifications below to stay informed about future Design and Build opportunities.***
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About the Program
Since 1991, MOA’s Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by professional artists in residence, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for MOA’s gallery and public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces.
The program generates temporary public art/exhibitions and offers lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider all elements of the public art process, including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction, installation and removal. When installed, Design and Build artworks enliven the everyday life of the community.
If you are an undergraduate, graduate bound or emerging artist and are interested in cross training in different areas of the artistic process, then this is the program for you. Below you will find information about the two sessions of Design and Build that MOA currently offers.
Design and Build Summer Internship:
The Design and Build Summer Internship is a full-time, 8-week program that operates from mid June to early August. This internship is led by our Design and Build Fellow and operates out of the MOA Design and Build studio at the MOA headquarters in Englewood, CO. There are typically between 8 and 12 internship slots available each summer session.
Unlike our Outreach Session, candidates must apply for an internship position. Applications from across the nation are accepted and college credit may be earned through the summer program, depending on the participants school requirements for credit. Summer participants are also awarded a $2,200 stipend which is intended to off-set living expenses throughout the summer program. Open to undergrads, graduate bound and emerging artists (academic enrollment is not a requirement to apply).
MOA does NOT provide housing. Participants are responsible for locating and securing their own summer housing if coming from out of the Denver area.
Summer 2020 Session Information
Mural Making and Placemaking
MOA is seeking up to 8 interns for summer of 2020 to work under the direction of our Design and Build Fellow artist. Summer 2020 includes indoor and outdoor projects. Participants will have an opportunity to collaboratively create a body of mural based work for MOA’s main indoor gallery as well as outdoor placemaking initiatives for a prime area within the City of Englewood. 2020 projects include the production of an artistic cross-walk, vinyl wraps for traffic signal utility boxes (will be created by our alumni artists) as well as creating a temporary mural based exhibition at the MOA indoor gallery.
From concept development, proposal review, materials procurement, timeline and budget management, to creation and installation, this immersive 8-week program will provide interns the opportunity to participate completely in the art making process. Participants will be primarily working indoors at our headquarters studio. All materials and tools will be provided by MOA. Open to undergrads, graduate bound and emerging artists (Recent graduates within 2 years of graduation are eligible to apply).
Applicants with painting, drawing, mural work, illustration, digital projection mapping and/or animation experience are strongly encouraged to apply for the summer 2020 internship opportunity, as these skills will be required to complete projects.
This year’s program will begin in June 15, 2020 and conclude August 10, 2020 (8 weeks total). Work hours are M-F, 9:30am-5pm and a $2,000 stipend will be provided to all participating apprentices. School credit may also be available per your school’s requirements.
How to Apply
The application period for summer 2020 is now CLOSED. (Internship decisions are made in late April.) All application materials must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF through our online application portal. Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by your recommenders by no later than April 3rd. Letters of recommendation should be on company, university or personal letterhead. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL CLOSED
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Your application MUST include ALL of the below.
- Cover Letter
- Digital Portfolio (at least 5, but no more than 10 examples of past creative work)
- One Letter of Recommendation (should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org separately by writer)
*Note- Applicant MUST be available for the entire duration of the program as this is an intensive, collaborative program.
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Past Design and Build Projects