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Position Summary
Docents are a select group of high-level volunteers responsible for assisting the Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIAC) staff in the Blackboard Gallery. This unpaid volunteer position plays a significant role that allows the gallery to properly function from gallery events to daily galley sittings. These dedicated individuals will have the unique opportunity to gain exposure to the mechanisms of a professional art gallery as well as contribute valuable visitor services to a nonprofit organization.

Primary Responsibilities

Introduce visitors to the world-class art exhibited in the Blackboard Gallery
Provide dynamic, engaging and meaningful experiences
Create opportunities for dialogue and the exchange of ideas


Effective communicator
Comfortable initiating visitor contact
Possess a love and appreciation of art and culture
Ability to work well independently as well as in groups
Demonstrated ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds
Enthusiasm for learning and teaching
Friendly and outgoing attitude
Reliability is critical


Learn pertinent information about the artwork as well as the artist
Efficiently communicate such information to the visitors
Be available for at least two shifts a month (gallery sittings and gallery events)
Treat all visitors with respect – you are a representative of the SCIAC

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Studio Channel Islands’s Internship program is a unique learning opportunity unlike any other. Gain hands on experience in all areas of the gallery as well as events and programs. You will assistance with various staff and perform tasks that allow the gallery to function on a daily basis. The ideal candidate should have a love for the arts and a flexible schedule.

Preferred skills but not required

Proficient with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word.
Experience in Event Planning and Photoshop is a plus, but not required.
We are looking for someone who is dependable, friendly, and comfortable working in both fast and slow paced environments.
Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to train others.
Good and professional written communication skills.
Ability to work under pressure and be willing to work events concurrently

Daily Gallery Tasks

Be the face of the gallery by maintaining our front desk. This includes greeting guests, answering the phone and transferring calls, and answering any questions guests may have about the art center.

Assist gallery staff in planning events, including gallery receptions and special events, education programs, and events at the Art Studios. While it is not required to attend every event, we strongly recommend that interns attend in order to gain experience and increase your professional network.

During your internship

During your internship you will spend time with every staff member to learn what they do and how they contribute to this organization. You will also spend time gallery hosting, which includes greeting customers and answer the phone.

You are also responsible for Social Media Updating

Experience you will gain: cash handling & sales, visual merchandising, gallery maintenance, installation, policy & artist contracts, committee experience, learning how to put together a budget, event planning, social media marketing and so much more!

Ending Project

Required: To complete your internship you are required to do an ending project.

This is a project should encompass and pursue what you are most interested in whether it is event planning or social media development, it really can be anything, use your past experience and creativity. It is important to not choose your project right away, spend some time getting to know how this origination works first. Once you come up with an idea, talk to a staff member. You will need to present a proposal to be approved by our Executive Director. You are allowed to team up with another intern to do a group ending project, if both of your interests in projects are similar or compatible. Staff members will be here to help you along the way.

Our mission is to promote and preserve the visual arts in our community, providing unique and diverse artistic encounters for all ages, and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Studio Channel Islands Art Center consists of an art gallery, artist studios, and art education & outreach.

Please submit your cover letter and resume. Attach your cover letter and resume in a .pdf format, and title the documents as follows:
internship resume_last name_first name
internship cover letter_last name_first name
Please include “Internship — First Name Last Name” in the title of your email.


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Where Interns are Now

Ashley Medina

Ashley Medina, Fall 2012
Project: Fashion Show

Starting as an intern, Ashley worked on the first Fashion Show as her project. Finishing her internship, she was then hired as the Gift Store Manager. Since then, Ashley has completed her master of art history at University of California Riverside and is now completing an internship at the Getty.

Pamela Trimberger

Pamela Trimberger, Summer 2013
Project: Grand Opening Gala

During Pamela’s internship she worked on the Grand Opening Gala and helped with installing gallery shows. Currently working towards her teaching credentials and will be starting her master’s program in the fall at California Lutheran University Graduate School of Education. Also, a painting Pamela posed for by artist Tony Pro was on display in the Gene Autry Museum. Her own artwork is pen and ink drawings which were inspired by her past Oxford drawing teacher’s visit to the United States.

Alyson Wall

Alyson Wall, Summer 2013
Project: Grand Opening Gala

Alyson’s internship projects involved the Grand Opening Gala and the Fashion Show. She recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in photography. She is pursuing a job in graphic design. She says, “I really loved what I was doing as an intern at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, so I’m planning to look for something similar (or if you and Karin need a full time graphic designer, I would always love to come back and work with you there;) ) As I work in the design field, I also plan to keep up my photography as a fine art, which has recently taken a turn into the abstract. I have a website up now if you guys want to check it out: alysonwall.wix.com/awalldesign

Sarah Church

Sarah Church, Summer 2013
Project: Grand Opening Gala

Sarah spent the summer in California and worked long hours on the Grand Opening Gala Silent Auction for her project. She will graduate from Oregon State University in 2015 in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. Her current artwork is focused on printmaking, but she also paints and draws. She has recently been working on sculptures. (Her roommate is Sandy Galin’s daughter).

Matthew Devorick

Matthew Devorick, Fall 2013
Project: Halloween Witches Night Out

Matthew’s internship heavily involved preparing gallery shows and installations. For his project he was a huge help with the Halloween Witches Night Out event. Matthew will be attending UCLA fall 2014.

Maria Larios

Maria Larios, Winter 2013
Project: Fashion Show

Maria completed the longest internship. She interned at Studio Channel Islands for five months. She was a huge help on many projects involving the design of marketing materials. Her main project was assisting with the second annual Fashion Show. Maria Larios is currently attending California State Channel Islands University as a graphics art major. She recently won 3rd place with her photograph in the “Less is More” art show at the Blackboard Gallery.