Wakpa Festival Support Internship

Email resume and cover letter to Ruby Kinney (ruby@publicartstpaul.org) by Sunday, May 21, 2023 for consideration

Festival Support Intern (multiple openings)

June 5, 2023 – October 1, 2023

$1,500 stipend

15 hours/week

Public Art Saint Paul

Public Art Saint Paul is a private nonprofit that places artists in leading roles in our community to shape public spacesimprove city systems, and deepen civic engagement. PASP creates places of beauty, reflection, and engagement within the urban landscape—from Minnesota Rocks sculptures throughout the city parks to programs and sculptures at Western Sculpture Park to The Art of Food in Frogtown and Rondo! Our Sidewalk Poetry Program has stamped sidewalks with 1,100 poems, enjoyed by thousands each year.

In summer 2023, Public Art Saint Paul and its organizational partners will present the inaugural Wakpa Triennial Art Festival in the Twin Cities (Wakpa means river in the Dakota language). Newly commissioned artworks by more than 30 Minnesota artists, coupled with public programs and tours featuring additional artists, writers, performers, and cultural commentators, will lead viewers over 12 weeks to places they may not have known before or will see anew through the eyes of artists. The Wakpa Triennial will offer opportunities for friends and families to experience and to learn more about people, place, neighborhood, land, water, plants, and how these are related.



This role will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day activities and overall goals as our organization presents the Wakpa Triennial Art Festival. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for a behind-the-scenes perspective of a small (but mighty) nonprofit. This role requires on-site work in our office, as well as remote work from home. The intern will primarily work with PASP staff on tasks related to Wakpa Triennial Art Festival, yet other duties may be assigned as needed.


Triennial Festival Support

  • Assist PASP staff in site visits and supporting artist needs, which may include administrative support, documentation, distribution of promotional materials and surveys.
  • Assist PASP staff at scheduled Triennial events, performances, and workshops
  • Assist in organizing and training Triennial volunteers, including communication with volunteers over phone and email.
  • Stocking Triennial literature at organizational partner locations.
  • Assist with creation of internal forms for Triennial volunteers and event stakeholders.
  • Support Downtown Saint Paul art installations in collaboration with artists and Public Art Saint Paul, including greeting and educating visitors at certain art sites.

PASP office coverage

  • Meet and greet visitors to our office (including occasional commitments on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Answer the office phone, take messages, and return calls
  • Monitor the pasp@publicartstpaul.org email address and assist with responding to messages.
  • Support in-office organizational projects.
  • Support other tasks as needed.


  • Past experience in arts related events, museums, galleries, or performances is a plus.
  • Proficient in various technologies. PASP relies on Apple computers, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Canva, Meta business suite, Zoom, Outlook, WordPress, Constant Contact, and DonorPerfect.
  • Seeking creative, energized and motivated individual.
  • Must be a trustworthy self-starter who can work independently.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Must display high attention to detail and be conscientious.
  • You must be 18 or older.
  • Because this position will involve some hours spent in our office with other PASP staff, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and be willing to wear a mask in the office.
  • You must have access to a stable internet connection with a laptop you can use with Microsoft Office or Google Drive.


To Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter to ruby@publicartstpaul.org by Sunday, May 14. If you are chosen for an interview, we will ask for the names, titles, relationship to you, and contact information (email or telephone number) for two professional references.


The position will begin on June 5th and conclude around October 1st.

The position will require a commitment of 15 hours a week.

PASP office safety approaches to COVID:

All PASP staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. We are in the office a few days of the week, but otherwise work remotely.


This internship comes with a stipend of $1,500 in three payment increments.

PASP is committed to supporting students in applying for course credit or internship scholarships as well if that is something that is possible.

Work Culture at PASP

We enjoy playfulness, creativity, innovative thinking, curiosity, sharing food, art, music, and storytelling, while we also like to share our passions about making significant impact and change. We value anti-racism and work intentionally to dismantle systemic racism in all systems.  We acknowledge that while some administrative tasks can feel tedious, they are critical to the success of an arts nonprofit and therefore are very valued and important. All staff do administrative work that helps to support Public Art Saint Paul.

Public Art Saint Paul is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team. We strongly encourage candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels to apply!