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Internship Visual Arts (6 to 9 months)

We look forward to receiving your application by 22 October 2023.

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It should include your CV and a motivation letter or video (approx. 90 seconds) in which you outline your connections with visual arts and your associated experience to date. Please also attach certificates of education and training (diplomas, etc.) and evidence of any practical experience (work confirmations and references).

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Should you have any questions, please contact Anja Gmür at Human Resources (T +41 44 267 71 53).

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia employs around 110 staff members in Switzerland and various regions around the world who are dedicated to promoting Swiss arts and culture.

Through our activities we support cultural production in all its diversity. Equal employment opportunities and a diverse workforce are fundamental principles at Pro Helvetia. We promote professional equality with respect to all genders and lifestyles.

For our Visual Arts & Design sector we are seeking, as of 1 February 2024, a

Visual Arts Intern for 6 to 9 months (80%)

What we offer

  • Insights into the multilingual support and promotion activities of Pro Helvetia in the Visual Arts division’s various disciplines (visual arts, photography and architecture) from a national and international perspective
  • Meaningful work in an artistically imbued, professional environment
  • Responsibility for tasks and projects of your own, supported by and in cooperation with your team
  • Remuneration based on Federal administration guidelines: CHF 2,560 per month (for an 80% position) with a pro rata 13th monthly salary, 5 weeks holidays a year, good social security contributions (e.g. extra-mandatory child allowance)
  • Pro rata contribution to a Swiss railway half fare card («Halbtax») or a GA travelcard («Generalabonnement»)
  • Attractive work location in the heart of Zurich
  • Neutral point of contact / advisory service for employees
  • Willingness on the part of Pro Helvetia to remove barriers and make workplaces accessible

Your internship involves a variety of interesting tasks including

  • Independent administrative handling of grant applications and general administrative tasks
  • Gradual acquisition of the ability to assess grant applications independently
  • Advising arts practitioners and informing them on the status of their grant applications
  • Supporting the team in handling the call for applications process
  • Co-coordinating promotional activities in connection with support measures
  • Participating in divisional projects (planning, implementation and evaluation)

Your profile

  • Knowledge of arts and culture comparable to what is acquired in studies for a Bachelors’ degree (a university degree is, however, no formal prerequisite for this position)
  • Overview of contemporary Swiss arts production, e.g. through regular passive or active participation (visiting art spaces, collaborating in projects, etc.)
  • Interest in cultural policy issues
  • Initial experience in organisational and administrative work
  • Structured and reliable manner of working: independent and timely planning and accomplishment of tasks
  • Ability to communicate successfully in a multilingual environment and competence in writing in English, German, and French or Italian (C1 level in at least 2 of these languages)

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