Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, and Employment


CFEVA accepts internship inquiries on a rolling basis. Please a cover letter and resume with current availability for consideration.


CFEVA's programs and events thrive thanks to the dedicated service of individuals like Leola Cliett, self-taught mixed media constructivist and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours participant. For Leola, CFEVA is important because it helps her look to the future. “I developed an interest in art at a very young age, but my family was unable to provide the necessary support. By offering business guidance and exposure to other artists, CFEVA is helping me reach new levels in my creative practice.” As a CFEVA volunteer, Leola is making her mark by helping us bring programs like Philadelphia Open Studio Tours to life. “I am thankful for what CFEVA can do for me and I enjoy giving back as a volunteer.”

Want to get more involved as a CFEVA volunteer? 


Development and Communications Intern

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) seeks energetic emerging talent with strong communications skills and a keen interest in learning about Philadelphia’s vibrant visual artist community to support the organization’s Development and Communication efforts. CFEVA internships are a terrific way to gain on-the-job training and hands-on experience in non-profit management in a vibrant and creative community setting.

The Development and Communications Intern will work directly with the President and CEO to craft and implement fundraising, marketing, and public relations strategies. The position is ideal for a candidate eager to flex their professional muscles and interested in learning about ways to engage diverse audiences in a non-profit setting. 

Development tasks will include:

  • Supporting planning efforts around CFEVA’s annual fundraising benefit—the 2017 CFEVA Art Party—including researching vendors, managing invitation mailings, assisting with the development of presentation materials, and tracking RSVPs.
  • Assisting CFEVA’s part-time grantwriter with research as well as drafting grant reports and assembling proposal attachments
  • Supporting donor stewardship, including drafting donor acknowledgements
  • Assisting with CFEVA’s annual fund campaign and membership drive
  • Providing assistance at CFEVA exhibition openings and member events
  • Prospect research and database administration

Marketing and Communications tasks will include:

  • Supporting CFEVA’s digital marketing and social media efforts
  • Drafting press releases and media advisories
  • Maintaining up to date email lists
  • Researching and building CFEVA’s media contact list
  • Tracking media placements and viewer impressions

Qualifications: CFEVA interns possess great interpersonal skills, are enthusiastic, are detail-oriented and quick learners, and are able to tackle many projects at one time. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently as well as in a team setting, and will have a passion for the visual arts. Excellent writing skills are a must, and the ability to navigate technology or database experience is a plus. Applicants may be college or graduate/post-graduate students or recent graduates looking to establish a career in non-profit arts management. An art background is a plus, but not required. Interns are requested to provide a minimum of 12 hours of per week, though scheduling is flexible. This is a non-paid internship. EOE. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV or resume to


CFEVA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and program applicants regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, age, national origin, disability, use of a guide or support animal due to physical handicap, known association with a disabled individual, possession of a diploma based on passing a general education development test, citizenship status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other consideration prohibited by law.