Research Intern


The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council seeks a curious, eager intern to assist in administration, outreach, hands-on field research, and reporting for its national Americans for the Arts research partnership.

Deadline for all applications is Friday, September 2, 2022. 

This internship is an opportunity to play a key role in a long-term, multi-site, national study of the nonprofit arts and culture economy. The intern will also gain experience in day-to-day research department duties such as the development of research proposals, program evaluation, data analysis, and more. The Research Intern will work closely with the Research and Special Projects Manager and Senior Director of External Affairs. It is expected that the Research Intern will seek to learn new skills on the job, and they will be encouraged to do so. This position is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a small non-profit arts and culture service organization. 

This internship position runs from September 2022 to May 2023. Though preferences for single-semester internships will be considered, due to the nature of the primary project, candidates who can commit to working through May 2023 are ideal. The intern will work in a hybrid setting (remote and in person) for approximately 10 hours a week. Most work will take place during regular business hours, but the position will include some evenings or weekends for onsite field research. Pay for this position is $15/hour; this rate may be paid through academic work-study or directly from the Arts Council. Hours, start date, and end date are negotiable.

About Arts and Economic Prosperity VI:

Americans for the Arts’ ongoing “Arts and Economic Prosperity” studies regularly measure the economic impact of spending by the nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and event-related spending by their audiences. This year’s study builds on five previous national research efforts to document the key role played by the nonprofit arts industry in strengthening local and statewide economies. Legislators, business leaders, government officials, arts administrators, and the media regularly use data from this report to demonstrate the economic power that the arts and culture wield in their communities. The research intern will play a key role in outreach to participating organizations, collecting in-person audience intercept surveys, and general research administration.

Other research duties: 

The Arts Council regularly collects, interprets, and presents data for internal program and project evaluation, external advocacy efforts, and more. During the course of this internship, the research intern will gain a well-rounded experience with data collection, interpretation, and presentation as it pertains to supporting the operations of a nonprofit arts service organization.

Responsibilities: 

The intern can expect to gain knowledge, experience, and skills relevant to data collection and analysis in arts and culture. It is our hope that the Research Intern will be an active collaborator in the following areas: 

  • Survey design and administration
  • Research project management 
  • In-person field research
  • Analysis of collected data 
  • Data visualization 
  • Interpretation of the meaning of survey results

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Strong research, analytical, and database management capabilities 
  • Eagerness to interact with arts audiences and other stakeholders in the greater Pittsburgh arts community
  • Basic understanding of descriptive statistics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel) 
  • Ability to work independently in a remote environment
  • Genuine interest in a wide range of arts organizations and the value of the arts
  • Demonstrated experience with projects centering race equity, accessibility, and/or other facets of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Data visualization experience and skills are a plus
  • Progress toward or recent completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field a plus, but not required.

Arts Council’s Commitment to Equity: 

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council values equity as essential to its mission to expand the reach, influence, and effectiveness of the region's diverse and vibrant arts and culture community by providing leadership, advocacy, capacity building, and connections. We are committed to diversity and equity in terms of gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, ability, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. Differences provide varied viewpoints, ideas, and connections that strengthen and enrich the Arts Council’s work with the communities in our region. It is the Arts Council’s goal to create and maintain an inclusive, respectful, and equitable environment and to engage the talents of people with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to accomplish our mission. Learn more at PittsburghArtsCouncil.org.  

How to Apply: 

The Arts Council welcomes Federal Work Study applicants, international students, students who are meeting course requirements, or others seeking an opportunity to learn about cultural research.

The Arts Council is currently working remotely and continues to assess its return to the office. At that time, safety and health standards will be outlined for staff, which may include masking requirements, social distancing, vaccination, testing, etc.

Please send a cover letter and current resume to Kristen Wishon, Senior Director of External Affairs, at kwishon@pittsburghartscouncil.org. Use the subject line “Research Intern.”

Deadline for all applications is Friday, September 2, 2022.