Highschool Internship

The TOSS high school internship program is a fourteen week program (between the second week of Feb and the second week of May) that provides students with mentorship and resources to learn and develop community art initiatives in Morganton. Interns are presented with information on current art advocacy initiatives, art historical examples, and guidance as they are encouraged to develop a project in collaboration with studio directors, other students, and our community partners.

Examples of Art Projects Geared Toward Community Engagement:
    •    A series of sculptures for the Morganton greenway
    •    A community mural project sponsored by local businesses
    •    A collaboration with Opportunity Threads and our local hospital to design hospital gowns
    •    A sustainable product designed to offset our scholarship waivers for low-income students
    •    Community engagement initiative geared toward our underserved population in Morganton
    •    A collaboration with the other non-profits such the Western North Carolina Workers Center, the Burke County Literacy Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and others
    •    An interactive fundraising campaign with Overmountain Cycles

Expectations
    •    Collaboratively research, develop, and create a proposal to be approved by TOSS director
    •    Work in our shared studio independently to plan and execute spring/summer project
    •    Work with TOSS to plan and exhibit work at the end of the internship
    •    Additionally assist with studio installations, exhibitions, and fundraising as needed throughout the term

Amenities
An intern will have access to the following:

Studio Facility
-Access and use of TOSS supplies
-Access to sink
-Access to internet
-Shared storage space
-Shared conference/meeting room
-Shared bathroom

Logistical Guidance
-Liaison in conversation with out community partners

Qualifications
    •    Must be a high school student interested in the arts or art education
    •    Excellent work ethic, willing to be versatile and multitask
    •    Self-directed and motivated individual who works well with children, colleagues, and other community members

General Overview

 
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College Internship

The TOSS internship program is a ten week, work/trade residency that provides students with a space, mentorship, and resources. In exchange, interns are expected to work with our students during our summer programing and produce a body of work to exhibit at the end of the ten weeks. Interns are encouraged to develop this body of work in collaboration with studio directors, students, or our community partners.

Examples of Art Projects Geared Toward Community Engagement:
    •    A series of sculptures for the Morganton greenway
    •    A community mural project sponsored by local businesses
    •    A collaboration with Opportunity Threads and our local hospital to design hospital gowns
    •    A sustainable product designed to offset our scholarship waivers for low-income students
    •    Community engagement initiative geared toward our underserved population in Morganton
    •    A collaboration with the other non-profits in our building (such as a Workers Rights Union, the Burke Literacy Council, Family Connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters)
    •    An interactive fundraising campaign with Overmountain Cycles

Expectations
    •    Responsible for planning and teaching one week of summer camp, in conversation with the body of work he/she is developing
    •    Assists as needed during summer camp
    •    Works in our shared studio space to plan and create a body of work
    •    Assists with studio installations, exhibitions, and summer fundraising
    •    Works with TOSS to plan and exhibit work at the end of the internship

Amenities
An intern will have access to the following:

Studio Facility

-Personal studio space- 374 square ft
-Access to sink
-Access to internet
-Shared storage space
-Shared conference/meeting room
-Shared bathrooms (down the hall from the studio)

Logistical Guidance
-Liaison in conversation with out community partners
-Housing recommendations and guidance

Qualifications
    •    Must be a college student with a concentration in art or art education
    •    Previous work experience with children
    •    Excellent work ethic, willing to be versatile and multitask
    •    Self-directed and motivated individual who works well with children, colleagues, and other community members.