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Arts & History Intern

The Department of Arts & History is looking for two enthusiastic interns interested in interpretive cultural work. These interns will work with the Public Art and History/Archives divisions to give previously created tours (related to Boise History and the city’s Public Art collection) to the public 3x weekly, and to design one new comprehensive tour each during the internship.

The intern schedule will include Wednesday evenings and Saturdays from 9-1 (no exceptions). Interns will receive training in the public art process, Boise’s public art collection, and Boise's history and culture.

Essential Functions


  • Greeting and welcoming customers to the tour.
  • Informing customers about the itinerary for each tour.
  • Planning itineraries in accordance with weather forecasts and the length of each tour.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the tour content
  • Familiarizing customers with tour content
  • Encouraging guests to apply sunscreen regularly and to remain hydrated, if applicable. Prior experience as a tour guide is advantageous.
  • Directing customers to other, non-competing services that might be of interest to them.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 1 year experience in customer service
  • Physically able to walk and stand for long periods.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great storyteller
  • Independent
  • Creative thinker and capable of improvisation
  • Capacity to stand and walk for extended periods.
  • Excellent conversational skills with a knack for storytelling.
  • Personable, humorous disposition.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work during evenings and on weekends.




Internship Requirements:
To be eligible for the City of Boise Internship Program, applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students with a strong academic record or who graduated in the last 12 months from an accredited university
  • Majoring in art (any area), history, anthropology, urban studies, or a related field
  • Be able to work up to 15-20 hours per week.
  • Be able to commit to the entire internship program

Application Process:
To apply for the City of Boise Internship Program, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (Optional)



Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.