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FotoFest relies on volunteers!

During the FotoFest Biennial, inter-biennial exhibitions at at other times of the year, we appreciate and depend upon the help of our dedicated volunteer pool. They are one of the central supports of our organization, and we always welcome new, interested people, 18 years of age and older to sign up. Volunteer opportunities exists as Gallery Hosts during the weekday and weekends when exhibitions are open; Installations assistants; at The Meeting Place portfolio review during the Biennial; at Special Events and receptions; and in the office at just about any time of the year

FotoFest, founded in 19893, is nationally and internationally renowned. Over the decades, we have worked with literally thousands of volunteers and interns
from the United States and abroad — we look forward to collaborating with both new and veteran volunteers!

It is not necessary to have an art or photography background. All we ask is for your enthusiasm, support, generosity, and willingness to learn new things. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to learn about photography and meet others with similar interests.

If you are interested in Volunteering with FotoFest, please contact us at, or 713.223.5522 ext 19; or find us on Facebook.


Paid internships are open to students, artists, and individuals interested in the arts from the U.S. and abroad.

Please note: Internships undertaken during the spring of a FotoFest Biennial year, the even numbered years, are asked to be available during the entire six-week event.
  • Learn about careers in arts 
  • Develop mentor relationships with experienced professionals
  • Make international contacts
  • Work on meaningful projects
  • Share experiences within a tightly knit group.
Each intern receives an honorarium of $500. Interns are required to work a minimum of 120 hours over the course of a semester to receive full credit and/or the honorarium. 

For international internships and special opportunities available for High School students, contact us for more details.


FotoFest encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is dedicated to a culturally diverse intern group.
  • Artists and individuals interested in the arts
  • Undergraduate students: sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any major area of study who are pursuing a degree
  • Graduate students: museum studies, photography, computer science.
  • We accept high school students through school-based projects that require students to intern during the school year. For this type of program please follow the standard application process.
We post all available internships on,, as well as various local Universities and College career service websites. 


Internship Descriptions

Because of the nature and size of the organization, Interns may be expected to perform duties outside of their descriptions. However, this is not usual. These descriptions should be considered as your regular duties. 


Exhibitions duties include logging and care of photos, research for upcoming exhibitions and the installation of shows. Students will interact extensively with curators and artists, while learning hands on skills about the handling, preservation and presentation of photographs. Knowledge of how to operate a camera and take photographs is desirable. 

Meeting Place Portfolio Review

The International Meeting Place is FotoFest’s portfolio review and brings photography professionals from all over the world to Houston during the International Month of Photography. Interns working with the Meeting Place will get a very good sense of the organization and administration that goes into organizing hundreds of reviewers and registrants from all over the world during a 14 day event. Clerical skills and professional telephone manners are a must. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus. 

The Fine Print Auction

FotoFest’s largest fundraising event. Prints from contemporary U.S. and international artists are featured in the FotoFest Auction. Applicants should have an interest in event coordination, and possess excellent organizational and people skills. Auction prints are shown at two previews and other small events prior to the Auction evening, the ability to assist in the movement of the framed prints is required. Attendance at most of these events is also required. Software knowledge: Word, Excel, and Photoshop 

Press and PR

The maintenance of a prominent presence in both domestic and international press is important to the success and growth of FotoFest. Press Interns will assist the Press Coordinator in logging published articles and contacting newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations about coverage of FotoFest programs and events. Additionally, Interns may be asked to write press releases. Therefore, candidates applying for this position are asked to supply 3 additional writing samples (besides the essay) with their applications. This position is a great introduction to PR in an institutional setting. Additional duties may include maintenance of the FotoFest website and database. Demonstrated ability to read and translate Spanish is highly desirable. 

Literacy Through Photography (LTP)

The LTP program is FotoFest’s educational arm. This program puts cameras into the hands of public school students ranging from 3rd through the 12th grades. LTP Interns will be assisting the LTP coordinator by maintaining the cache of cameras and assembling information and lesson plans for teachers that participate in the program. 

There are also opportunities for students with interests in the following areas: Website design and maintenance Auction administration Community outreach 


We are posting all available internships on,, as well as various local Universities and College career service websites. 

All applicants must attach the following materials to their application:
A resume including permanent and current addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail, work history, and academic information including grade level, major, awards, and honors
A one-page, typed, single-spaced personal essay telling us about yourself and why you want to be a FotoFest Intern. Candidate should also indicate which position they are applying for. 


  • Apply via Email - Please send and email and attach your resume and personal essay to
Questions? Call Marianne Stavenhagen at 713-223-5522 ext 19 or e-mail 


Applications will be reviewed by FotoFest staff Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews. The interviews are conducted by FotoFest staff. Due to the competitive nature of the program and the volume of applications, only selected interns will be contacted. Selected Interns will be notified by telephone within a week of the interview 

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