Creative Project Kits Internship – Not currently accepting

The shop at Creative Reuse is our most important program. It’s a source of both materials and inspiration for creativity. We are constantly working to make our shop a welcoming, beautiful, and vital space for artists, teachers, families, and creative folks of all kinds.

This position will research creative project ideas for kits, make prototypes of reuse projects, and ultimately put together sets of kits for sale at our monthly Bar Crafts event as well as in our shop. In addition to assembling the items, this position calls for writing fun, quirky, inspirational directions to be included in each kit, and maintaining the section of the shop devoted to these kits.

The Creative Project Kits intern reports to the Shop Manager and will interact with all Creative Reuse team members.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Exercise your creativity to provide a unique experience for visitors to Creative Reuse
  • Develop writing skills with a focus on accessible, fun, quirky instructions
  • Learn about reclaimed materials and reuse projects
  • Learn about nonprofit operations
  • Collaborate with a creative, hard-working team
  • Gain experience in merchandising and retail operations
  • Meet local artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with merchandising and upkeep of the Project Kits section of the shop
  • Research project ideas and make prototypes of possible projects
  • Assemble kits based on successful prototypes
  • Assist with the facilitation of the monthly Bar Crafts event
  • Write instructions for the projects
  • Assist with keeping communal areas tidy
  • Assist Shop Manager with office tasks
  • Help with special projects as needed (fundraisers, events, etc.)
  • Scheme with the Shop Manager regarding the overall vision and awesomeness of the shop

Qualifications:

  • Passion for the environment, creativity, and community engagement
  • Familiarity with fine art and craft materials, tools, and techniques
  • Familiarity and interest in the Pittsburgh art scene, art history, contemporary art, the DIY movement, craft traditions, and creative reuse
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and great multi-tasking abilities
  • Excellent people skills – outgoing, personable, and with good humor
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, and bend, reach, lift, and stand for extended periods
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and writing abilities
  • Great handwriting and interest in fostering sign making skills
  • An eye for design, display, and pleasing spacial arrangement
  • Cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse populations

A perfect candidate for this position is:

  • willing to pitch in whenever and however is needed
  • professional but also playful
  • respectful of deadlines and timelines
  • cooperative and collaborative
  • a self-starter who thrives on working independently
  • committed to finishing projects swiftly and with quality
  • able to maintain a sense of organizational priorities over personal priorities
  • unfailingly dependable and honest
  • able to easily produce quirky alliteration, puns, and jokes
  • passionate about educating others about reuse and recycling
  • committed to recycling, reuse, and other earth-friendly practices
  • passionate about learning new skills
  • really, really good at talking to all types of people