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Volunteer or Intern with FotoFest

FotoFest depends upon the help of our dedicated volunteers and interns. They are one of the central supports of our organization.

Over the last three decades, FotoFest has worked with literally thousands of volunteers and interns — from the United States and all over the world.


It is not necessary to have an art or photography background to volunteer. All we ask for is 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.

Volunteer opportunities include: Gallery Host on both weekdays and weekends while exhibitions are on view; installation assistants; at The Meeting Place portfolio review during the Biennial; at Special Events and receptions; at educational events and programs; and in the office just about any time of the year.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age or older.

If you are interested in volunteering with FotoFest, please see our needs at or 
contact Maureen Penders at

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Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate college students, artists, and individuals interested in the arts, from the U.S. and other countries.

Internship Benefits:
  • Learn about careers in the arts
  • Develop mentor relationships with experienced professionals
  • Work on meaningful projects
  • Share experiences within a tightly knit group
  • Receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of required commitment—120 hours

Internship Requirements

  • Application form - please fill out our application form
  • Personal Essay - a one-page, typed, single-spaced essay telling us about yourself and why you want to be a FotoFest intern
  • Resume - include work history, other internships, and academic information (i.e. grade level, focus of study, awards, and honors)
  • 120 hours of work to receive full credit and stipend
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is required for all internship positions
  • Working knowledge of other computer programs (i.e. Photoshop, InDesign, web design and video editing programs) are a big plus
  • Reliable transportation is required

Available Internship Positions

Spring Semester 2018
All departments will have positions available
Part time positions in January and February, 2 - 3 days per week
Full time positions for 3 weeks during the first weeks of the biennial, March 1 – 24

Internship Descriptions

Because of the nature and size of the organization, interns may be expected to perform duties outside of the following descriptions. However, these descriptions should be considered as regular duties.


Exhibitions internship duties include logging and care of photos, research for upcoming exhibitions, and assisting in 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.
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Meeting Place Portfolio Review

The International Meeting Place, FotoFest’s Portfolio Review program, is the oldest, largest, and most international event of its kind in the U.S. Interns working with the Meeting Place will get a very good sense of the comprehensive organization, planning, and administration that goes into bringing together hundreds of photographers and photography experts from all over the world for this 14-day event. Familiarity with Photoshop is a must. InDesign and video editing are a plus. If you take pride in your organization skills and ability to multi-task, this position is for you.
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The Fine Print Auction

This is FotoFest’s largest fundraising event, which takes place during the Biennial. The Fine Print Auction features prints from contemporary U.S. and international artists. 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, and the ability to assist in the careful handling of framed prints is required. Attendance at most of these events is also required. Software knowledge: Word, Excel, and Photoshop.
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Communications & Press

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 draft 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.
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Literacy Through Photography (LTP)

FotoFest’s year-round school and community learning program, Literacy Through Photography (LTP), uses photography to stimulate visual literacy, comprehension, writing, and analytical thinking. LTP promotes creative self-expression among students of a range of ages and abilities. The LTP Interns will be assisting the LTP Coordinators by maintaining a cache of cameras used in artist residencies, assisting teaching artists with lesson plans and resources, assisting with event production of Biennial related educational programming, and collating metrics from the 2017-2018 school year. The LTP internship is a comprehensive look into non-profit education, and interns will complete the semester with a well-rounded skill set that will enable them to tackle a diverse set of projects.
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Internship Application

Fill out the internship application form, and upload your personal essay and resume to the form. You can also email the documents to

Questions? Call Maureen Penders at 713-223-5522 ext 23, or email at

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