Cultural Programs Intern - Winter/Spring 2020

Cultural Programs Intern, Winter/Spring 2020

Full-Time or Part-Time Internship
Start Date:
February 3, 2020
End Date: May 1, 2020
Monetary Compensation: Equivalent of €300 in USD per month, to be remitted at the end of each month (total of €900)

The Goethe-Institut Washington seeks a full-time or part-time intern to assist the Cultural Programs Department in the organization of accessible and engaging cultural events to the public, which present contemporary German culture abroad and advance transatlantic discourse regarding today’s challenging questions on a regional and local level.

The internship is traditionally 40 hours per week, but interested applicants available for a part-time internship (no less than 20 hours per week) will be equally considered and are encouraged to apply.

- supporting the department in the organization, promotion, and execution of its Winter/Spring 2020 projects. These projects engage with topics that include but are not limited to: decolonization, cultural and individual memory, urban space usage and gentrification, contemporary German literature, the role of classical music today, the relationships between popular culture and elitist culture, reclaiming identity through engaging with the past.

- Conceiving and realizing cultural events at the Goethe-Institut Washington, as well as off-site programming executed in partnership/s with other organizations, together with the departmental staff

- contribute ideas, feedback, and opinions in regular event planning meetings by drawing on cultural knowledge of Germany and the USA

- Researching and conceiving short- and long-term cultural events

- Contacting potential project partners

- Establishing new connections with potential partners in the city

- Handling communication with partners (with support from the Program Coordinator, Program Curator, and Director of Cultural Programming)

- Creating social media kits and managing social media strategy for projects

- Supporting the culture department at events for special projects (i.e. discussions, lectures, visits from German guests, project launches, exhibition openings) and routine programming (film and literature, for instance) alike

- Composing, proofreading, and translating texts and other promotional materials for cultural events

- Supporting the Goethe-Institut Washington in some administrative tasks (i.e. front desk duty 1-2 times per week)

- Permission to work in the United States; the Goethe-Institut will not sponsor internship applicants for work visas

- Access to reliable transportation to and from Goethe-Institut Washington

- Excellent command of German, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing (on a native, fluent, or full working proficiency level)

- Excellent command of English, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing (on a native, fluent, or full working proficiency level)

- Currently enrolled in, or recently completed, an undergraduate-level or graduate-level course of study in a humanities or culture-related discipline

- Willingness and preparedness to work cultural events in the evening and/or on weekends, flexible schedule

- Enthusiasm for the goals and missions of the Goethe-Institut Washington and willingness to contribute ideas, support, etc. for cultural programming events

- Competence at composing inviting and interesting texts to promote cultural programming

- Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) - Interest in transatlantic cultural relations

- Familiarity with German and US-American cultural scenes

- Willingness to take on routine administrative tasks

- Ability to handle periods of high workload - Capability to work in a team

For interns not already based in Washington, DC, housing arrangements are the responsibility of the intern, although the Goethe-Institut can offer a list of housing options to future interns upon request. All financial needs throughout the internship are the responsibility of the intern.

Please send your application documents by January 8, 2020, to: Raleigh Joyner (Mr.), Coordinator of Cultural Programming

- Cover letter (1/2 to at most 1 page, in German)
- Completed application questionnaire (in German): Form
- CV (American or German accepted)
- 2-3 references from academic or previous internship/relevant employment- related work

About the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. The Goethe-Institut’s cultural programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural exchange between Germany and the host country. These exchanges strengthen and foster partnerships with local organizations, artists, and intellectuals within the USA, in order to facilitate an ongoing flow of ideas, deepen cultural understanding between countries, and ensure constant growth and learning.

The Goethe-Institut Washington serves as the regional headquarters of the Goethe-Institut North America. In addition to representing German culture abroad, the Goethe-Institut Washington is the seat of the regional leadership team, and cultural projects at the GI Washington are a combination of local and regional programming. At its new location at 1377 R St. NW, the cultural programming department works with a large variety of project partners, including but not limited to: Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, Whitman-Walker Health, Rainbow History Project, DC Public Library, German Historical Institute, and the many international cultural organizations and embassies located in the city.

The Goethe-Institut ensures the professional equality of people of all genders. It is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The Goethe-Institut will not sponsor applicants for work visas.