Grants Administration Intern

What is RISCA?

Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. RISCA is a state agency, funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. RISCA offers a number of grant programs and other initiatives serving Rhode Island residents, artists, educational institutions, and arts organizations.

Internship Description

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts seeks an intern with an interest arts administration, who wants to learn about the grant and fellowship process. The intern will be working with Individual Artists Program Director Mollie Flanagan to manage the spring grant cycle for individual artist grants, including fellowships and project grants for individuals. This includes reviewing grant applications for completeness and eligibility; tracking grant applications by category; preparing fellowship applications for panel review; and attending panel review meetings and taking notes. Based on the intern’s interests and skills, additional projects may include: work on the professional development workshop series; online marketing and content creation; assistance with RISCA’s strategic planning process; or program development. Internship includes mentorship from staff members, intern instigated projects, professional development, and a close up view of the day to day operations of a state arts agency.


  • Interested in arts administration or management
  • Possess strong written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to ask questions and seek clarification when needed
  • Basic knowledge of excel and powerpoint


RISCA is currently seeking an intern for April and May 2019. The intern is expected to work approximately 10-12 hours a week, exact hours are flexible and some work may be done from home. Some hours will be at RISCA offices, open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, located at 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI. This program may be used by undergraduate and graduate students to obtain academic credit from their institution, but is also open to applicants not currently enrolled in an academic institution. Unfortunately, this internship is unpaid, but we will do our best to ensure a positive learning experience focused on what you want to explore.

How to Apply

Please send an email to Mollie Flanagan at with the subject line Internship. Please include:

  • A current resume or CV
  • A letter of interest or cover letter, addressing your experience and interest in the internship
  • A list of two professional and/or academic references (include name, title, and email address)