Arts Administration Interns


The brand new Arts Administration Internship Program at Side Street Studio Arts will provide hands-on immersion in the daily operations of a growing arts organization in downtown Elgin. Interns will work closely with SSSA staff to have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences, including event production, arts education, non-profit business management, and much more. These positions are best suited for those interested in exploring arts education, gallery management, performance/exhibition production, arts administration, or nonprofit management careers. Interns will work both on and off-site for a minimum of 10 hours a week for 6 to 12 months,. This internship is flexible and can be scheduled to accommodate other commitments and varying time frames. A $500-$1000 stipend is provided, as well as additional opportunities to earn money through teaching and/or other arts exhibitions and performance opportunities. 


Interested individuals should email the following to

  • cover letter;

  • resume;

  • references;

  • visual or performance work samples, if applicable; 

  • and teaching history, if applicable. 


Our Summer Artist Intern Applications Are Now Closed.

Stay tuned for the announcement for the Summer 2022 session.


This 10-hour/week professional practice program is designed to find and explore different entrepreneurship and artistic methods. Interns create CVs, biographies, exhibit/production proposals, artist statements/personal narratives, and statements of purpose, learning the unique content and purposes of each. An exhibition or production will be created from an ongoing archive of the artist’s work. With the guidance of Side Street Studio Arts’ Directors, artists will explore best practices for managing, editing, and installing work.

Artist-Internships are open to artists of all mediums and are highly individualized to ensure that each artist grows in the skills necessary for their particular practice and future goals.


Arts Education Coordinator

The Arts Education Coordinator will facilitate and organize arts education programming at Side Street Studio Arts.


Fluctuates seasonally, with June and July being the busiest and least flexible (up to 40 hours per week) and the winter being the slowest and very flexible (0-5 hours per week)


A split of on site and work from home.


$10,000 per year, with additional opportunities to earn teaching pay ($20-$40 per hour, depending on experience), with additional opportunities to earn hourly pay through work hours throughout the organization ($15 per hour), access to all SSSA artmaking equipment and supplies, access to all SSSA arts education programming for entire family, free use of SSSA space, performance and exhibition opportunities, etc.


Academic or trade qualifications:

At minimum a High School Diploma

Work experience and skills

  • Experience in education programming

  • Good with kids

  • Bilingual (Spanish) - speaking and writing

  • Familiarity with Elgin area a plus

Key responsibilities & duties:

  • Liaise with schools, organizations, and individuals to schedule and create Community Moves programing.

  • Schedule artist educators for events.

  • Create invoices for Community Moves programing.

  • Parent Communication

  • Overseeing transportation for programs.

  • Organizing data involved in arts education programs

  • On Site troubleshooting

    • Parent Communication

    • Fill in for a moment

    • Crowd Control

    • Etc.

  • Traveling to off-site events


70% -  Respond to inquiries – email, over the phone, and face-to-face from the staff and public.

          Requires: Communication skills including conflict resolution and friendly manner.

20% - Miscellaneous admin duties and support business team. 

 Requires: Good organizational skills and attention to detail

     Team orientated approach

               Implementing and organizing arts education programming.

10% - Data entry

Requires: Excel database skills

Knowledge of Google Calendar

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to

Artist Educators

We are looking for artist educators to teach in our in-house Small Wonders programming, as well as our Community Moves programming in area organizations and public schools. We need visual artists, proficient in a variety of mediums and performing artists, with foci dance, music, and theater for young performers. 


To apply, please submit the following HERE:

• Resume/CV, with link to website if applicable

• Cover Letter

• Work samples (maximum of 3)



Questions can be sent HERE.



To apply for the Artist Residency, please send the following materials to with the subject line "Artist-in-Residence Application":



• Resume/CV, with link to your website if applicable

• Artist statement

• Brief statement (one page or less) describing your artistic practice, reasons for applying for the residency, and what you would like to achieve

• Work samples:

  • Visual Art: 8-12 digital files or links to works   

  • Performance/Media/Music: 10-minute sample work (link or DVD/CD)   

  • Written Word: 10-page sample work (link or hard copy)  


Applications should be emailed as PDF and digital files, or mailed in one package to:

Side Street Studio Arts

PO BOX 1264

Elgin, IL


You can find out more information about what the Artist-In-Residence role entails by reading this document:

Volunteer at SSSA


Interested in volunteering with us? Great! Please fill out the application below and follow the guidelines.