Internships in Community-Engaged Arts Presenting

The Red Poppy Art House represents an ongoing experiment exploring the power social-cultural exchange within the context of small and intimate arts presenting spaces. “Social,” because it’s all about people and relationships. “Cultural,” because relationships are amplified through the sharing of stories, histories, creative visions and expressions, channeled through cultural and artistic forms. “Intimate,” because intimacy means a lowering of one’s guard and a willingness to be vulnerable to the new.

Much of the Red Poppy’s work centers on a dynamic performance program that presents over 140 performances annually, spanning disciplines from traditional to contemporary forms. These events are produced by a cohort of arts-presenting hosts, half of whom are in training as part of the Poppy’s Professional Development Track and Internship Programs. Through these programs, the Poppy offers a hands-on professional development experience that covers everything from technical training, event production, community engagement, public speaking, and personnel management, to donor asks, basic accounting, and the handling of artist payments. It serves as an arts presenting boot camp that inspires self-initiative and resourcefulness.


Community-Engaged Arts Presenting & Event Production
20-25 hrs/mo over 9-month period (as needed). Includes $1,350 stipend support.

8-10 hrs/wk over 6-month period (Winter-Spring or Summer-Fall). Unpaid.

Community-Engaged Arts Presenting & Event Production Internship

  • Training: Interns are required to complete nine performance training shifts over a three month period. Interns are trained by a “Lead Host” in performance set-up of seating and sound equipment, volunteer management, presentation of the artist, fundraising appeals, financial accounting of admissions, and payment of artists.
  • Hosting event productions: On completion of training, interns qualify as a “Lead Host” and are able to receive a small honorarium per shift. 2-3 shifts required per month.
  • Professional Development sessions: Interns are required to attend a monthly professional development session on hosting and event production practices.

The ideal candidate has a background in the arts and/or event production. This position requires excellent public speaking and interpersonal communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to maintain order and calm in a high-paced environment. The Poppy seeks candidates that can commit to 20-25 hours/month over a 9-month period and are interested in becoming a part of a vibrant community of artists, arts professionals, cultural activists, and volunteers. Spanish speakers a plus.

PR/Social Media Internship

  • Artist coordination: Assist with artist communications and the coordination of artist content.
  • Media relations: Develop and submit press releases and pitches to the media. Conduct research on expanding and diversifying our list of press contacts.
  • Web management: Create and manage Facebook events. Post upcoming events to online calendar listings.
  • Social media outreach: Develop content for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to engage and grow new audiences.
  • Team meetings: Interns are required to attend weekly PR team meetings.

The ideal candidate has experience in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Media, Event Management, Journalism, or a related field. This position requires excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, strong attention to detail when editing/fact-checking, familiarity with Google Apps and social media, and consistency in meeting deadlines. The Poppy seeks candidates that can commit to 8-10 hours/week over a 6-month period and are interested in becoming a part of a vibrant community of artists, arts professionals, cultural activists, and volunteers. Spanish speakers a plus.


  • Free attendance for all (140) annual performances at the Red Poppy Art House, as well as a selection of performances by other arts presenting organizations which offer a limited number of comps.
  • Access to the Red Poppy’s professional development track speaker series featuring artists, arts leaders, community organizers and philanthropic representatives that span the Bay Area Arts ecology and beyond.
  • The chance to become part of a vibrant, socially engaged, heart-centered community in the arts, one that has a beautiful little space that will come to feel like your second home.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and your availability to with the internship title in the subject line.