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Program Graduate Intern Arts & Cultures

KP Companies
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Closing date
Feb 9, 2023

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Focus Areas
Philanthropy / Social Responsibility
Job Function
Administrative / Clerical
Position Type
Degree Level
Some college
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level
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kpCompanies is leading the search for the Program Graduate Intern Arts & Cultures for our client Margaret A, Cargill Philanthropies. The purpose of this internship is to support the Arts & Cultures Program Team with field research, sector scan, planning, and grantee engagement activities in support of refined strategy work. Oversight for this internship will be provided by the Arts & Cultures Domain Program Director. Mentorship will also be provided by the Program Officers of the Domain. 

Anne Ray Foundation is a supporting organization, which may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. Year-end 2021, ARF’s assets are approximately

  •  $5.3 billion.


The internship will be a hybrid format. In each five-day workweek, the intern will be expected to work from MACP’s Eden Prairie, Minnesota office three days per week, and may elect to work remotely the other two days of the week. This role will entail a commitment of approximately 36 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer of 2023.

MACP is seeking candidates who share the organization’s values and commitment to join our team as a Contract Program Intern Arts & Cultures.


Primary project: Field research and related planning activities to support an emerging funding opportunity tied to the Native Arts and & Cultures, Folk Arts & Cultures, and Music Education program areas, along with informing continued efforts in our Folk Arts & Cultures program for a refined program strategy. Additional, small-scale projects may also be pursued as opportunities emerge, and which may also be beneficial to the selected Intern to enhance their own educational and professional experience. 

Background: The Program Team has developed a concept for a new funding opportunity to occur over a three-year period; 2023-2025. In addition, the Folk Arts & Cultures program team continues to engage with grantee partners in the two regions of focus to understand the reach of cultural communities engaged in the intergenerational transmission of artistic skill and cultural knowledge. In 2023 the team will be conducting field research activities to support potential strategy refinements. 

Tasks for the Program Intern, Arts and Cultures in support of this may include: 

  • Conduct external/field research in the areas of folk and traditional arts (including Native arts and cultures) and music education, to identify recent trends in philanthropic support of these fields, and to understand emerging areas of cultural knowledge and practices. Provide recommendations to the program team regarding potential program strategy refinements based on field research activities and learning.  Participate in meetings or other engagements with Domain grantee partners as part of ongoing field learning activities.  Participation in Domain team meetings and Program Staff meetings as a way to stay informed of current projects and priorities during the internship experience.  Learn about the work of the Arts & Cultures Domain and MACP Programs by reviewing current Domain Operating Plans and Functional Goals, along with program strategy documents related to the work of the Domain. 


  • Pursuing an advanced degree in the liberal arts/humanities fields.  Interest in and/or professional experience in folklore/folklife, Native American / Indigenous studies, Arts/Art History, American Studies, sociology, evaluation or related fields is of particular interest. Interest in philanthropic practice and MACPs’ areas of giving. For example, interest in the field of folk and traditional arts and cultures, Native arts and cultures, and arts-related philanthropy is preferred. Ability to work independently to research and synthesize information. Enjoys self-directed projects.  Experience identifying, reviewing, and documenting source materials. Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Working knowledge of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook.  Strong attention to detail and accuracy. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other team members and stakeholders, including ability to interview subject matter experts is preferred. Proven ability to maintain a high level of integrity and confidentiality in both internal and external relationships.


 MACP has identified a salary range of $32-35/Hr for this role. Actual starting salary of candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the position. 

*Stipend for relocation available for those relocating.

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