Tango Mercurio Intern – Job Description
We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join our growing organization. In this position, you will learn the ins and outs of running an arts-education nonprofit organization.
The ideal intern has a passion for the arts and dance, appreciates the value of community building, is attentive to detail and is willing to take initiative to help make the organization stronger.
Application deadline: October 15, 2021
Duties and Responsibilities
â— Support the Executive Director, Artistic Director and Board Members in daily administrative tasks, such as
â—‹ Respond to routine emails
â—‹ Draft and send welcome and follow-up emails to class participants
â—‹ Populate class rosters from registration sheets (using MindBody program)
â—‹ Populate class schedules on our website and in print
â—‹ Confirm rental reservations for classes and events
â—‹ Schedule Board meetings
â— Help with event logistics (for dance parties, workshops, classes, Board meetings)
â— Any other tasks required to support our education, outreach and live music programs.
Requirements and Qualifications
â— Two years of college coursework
â— Proficient computer skills
â— Excellent written and verbal communication skills
â— Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
â— Willingness to take on new projects
15 hours per week for a 6-month term.
This is an unpaid internship, but will earn the successful candidate one tango series during the second half of the 6-month term.
Most of the work may be done remotely, but attendance at events in downtown Washington, DC may be required up to 3 times per month.
How to Apply
Submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of your email, please explain why you are qualified for the position. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the Executive Director and Board members.
Tango Mercurio is a 501(c)(3) arts-education organization founded in 2008 to present the creative tango tradition as a way for individuals to find balance in their lives and discover the unique contributions they have to make in the world.
Tango Mercurio uses Argentine tango as an agent of community development. Because tango is a community-based art form with a global following, it embraces dancers, musicians, and the public at large. Our mission is to promote cultural understanding and social cohesion through Argentine tango by providing ongoing public opportunities for dance, music, learning, and community engagement.
We teach classes in Argentine tango, from complete beginner to teacher-in-training. We host events, where social dancers at all levels are treated to high-quality music and a welcoming atmosphere. We organize workshops for musicians and performances of live music for dancing and cultural education. And we connect the tango community to the broader community in the Washington, DC, area, by bringing dance, music, and culture to the public at large.
Dance Educationâ€”Our comprehensive Argentine tango dance curriculum guides students on their journey as individual dancers or teachers embedded in a broader community of dancers and organizers. Technical skillâ€”preparation, connection, vocabulary, expressionâ€”and an understanding of the music are fundamental to this process.
Eventsâ€”A tango community is an association of tango dancers who attend social dances called â€œmilongasâ€ and informal practice gatherings called â€œprÃ¡cticas.â€ For a tango community to grow and survive, dancers must have enjoyable dance experiences in a friendly environment. We host events every month for students and alumni of our school, and members of the tango community at large.
Musicâ€”Our Live Music Program seeks to revive the folk music tradition at the heart of tango. We promote community building through music education and live performances, in partnership with professional musicians.
Outreachâ€”Our Outreach Program connects generations and reaches populations that would otherwise not be exposed to tango, such as older adults, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and underserved youth. We provide public performances and tango instruction, in some cases free of charge.