Public Art and Placemaking Intern

Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We present a rich mix of live performances, create inspiring arts education experiences and advance a thriving downtown Minneapolis cultural district. Our activities include presenting Broadway touring productions, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment. We teach and inspire high school musical students through our Spotlight Education program. We also create and operate unique projects like, Made Here, which puts art in vacant storefront windows.

The Public Art & Placemaking Intern provides administrative and project support for the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s public art and placemaking initiatives. This role’s primary responsibility is to work with the Director of Public Art and Placemaking to assist in the development and implementation of evaluation tools to be used during events and activations then report findings to the Public Art and Placemaking Department.

Applicants must commit to attending 5 to 10 on Hennepin public realm events throughout the summer as well as community visioning sessions. This position is a part-time (10 hours/week, ½ work on site, ½ work from home) paid internship designed to give college students experience working in an arts organization and in evaluating public programs.


During each event:

  • Coordinate with volunteers to provide information to the public about 5 to 10 on Hennepin
  • Hand out and collect surveys from attendees. If an attendee has difficulty reading, writing or seeing, assist as needed
  • Record observations and verbal comments from volunteers, attendees, vendors, and performers
  • Engage with activities, interact with attendees, and have fun!

After each event:

  • Prepare weekly reports using survey data obtained during 5 to 10 on Hennepin. Weekly reports must include transcribed comments from attendees and participants, graphs of data from survey responses, and personal observations



  • High school diploma; currently enrolled in college
  • Entry level position – no experience required
  • Good interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively on a team
  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Proficient with MS Office, especially making graphs from data
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and discernment
  • Takes initiative
  • Dependable and trustworthy
  • Knows when to ask questions and seek help

 Physical and Schedule Requirements

  •  Needs to work evenings and maybe some weekends
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the assigned and essential functions

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required. All employees are responsible for following applicable Hennepin Theatre Trust policies and procedures as defined by their manager or Employee Handbook.

 Hennepin Theatre Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.