Fellowship Program

Spring 2015 Fellowship Period: January 2 – July 10, 2015


Fall 2015 Fellowship Period: June 29, 2015 – January 15, 2016

To apply: Please read all steps carefully before applying.

  1. Please send a cover letter and resume to fellowships@counterpulse.org
  2. Please attach your resume and cover letter as a single .pdf, do not send a cover letter in the body of the email
  3. Put your full name and position in the name of the .pdf, i.e., “JonSmith_Outreach_Application.pdf”
  4. Please indicate the title of the position(s) for which you are applying in the subject line and on your cover letter. It is possible to be considered for multiple positions with one application.

For questions about volunteering please contact: Shamsher Virk at info@counterpulse.org  or 415-626-2060.

The CounterPulse Fellowship Program provides an in-depth look at different career paths that arts professionals can follow. CounterPulse is one of San Francisco’s leading venues for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performance. Our fellows receive leadership training in a lively work environment at the heart of the Bay Area’s arts community, gaining essential hands-on work experience, making valuable contacts, and participating in the management of the organization. Fellows benefit from bi-weekly career development meetings, customized tutorials, department head lectures, and site visits. Customized learning tutorials are specific to the skills that all fellows are interested in learning. Additionally, fellows are invited to attend and participate in CounterPulse  curatorial and board meetings.  

Fellowships are available in the following five areas:


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Marketing & Engagement Fellowship

Our Engagement Fellow works closely with our Communications & Engagement Director (CED) to execute all aspects of engagement and promotion. This position is a crash-course in how to promote a working art space and the productions within. CounterPulse believes in creative outreach strategies that involve the audience in the work that is produced in the space. The engagement fellow will utilize social networking sites, blogging and other online tools to get the word out about everything that is CounterPulse. They follow events from their curatorial inception to the actual performance, helping to shape how we communicate art and ideas. They will play a pivotal role in all planning processes and production meetings, developing online interactive tools to engage constituents, event publicity, contributing to the design of CounterPulse communications collateral, developing strategies to interact with artists and audiences, constituent relationship maintenance, and general office reception. This fellowship offers the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of social media, engage in the creative process, and practice professional outreach strategies.

Candidates should have a working knowledge of Google documents, Facebook, Twitter, excellent and professional phone and people skills, and enthusiasm for art and creative problem solving!

Full Job Description

Public Relations & Outreach Fellowship

The Outreach Fellow will support work directly with the Communications Manager (CM) in the drafting of press releases and print ads for CounterPulse productions. Duties include developing a list of target partners, communicating with press contacts, logging interactions, archiving media. This fellow is also responsible with liaising with resident artists, to facilitate marketing, and cataloguing audience responses via demographic surveys filled out at every show.  The Public Relations & Outreach Fellow will also support the CM in the recruitment, and maintenance, of the volunteer and fellow programs; outreach and including special event planning

Candidates should have a interest in communications, copy editing, graphics design, hospitality, event planning, and have a working knowledge of Google documents. Graphic design skills welcome though not necessary.

Full Job Description

Program & Arts Administration Fellowship

This fellow learns valuable skills in arts administration and programming through hands-on experience. As key staff members, they play a pivotal role in and out of the CounterPulse office, assisting the Program Manager with all aspects of nonprofit administration, program coordination and live performance production. This position is active and diverse, with responsibilities including patron/artist correspondence, database and office systems management, grant fundraising, as well as professional experience building, implementing, and evaluating programs at CounterPulse. The program fellow also has the opportunity to accrue skills in curatorial strategies and philosophies, and to gain a fundamental understanding of the general ebb and flow of a non-profit community arts space. They are also encouraged to attend Board of Directors Meetings and other CounterPulse activities.

Full Job Description

Production & Performance Facilities Fellow

Our Production & Performance Facilities Fellow learns valuable skills in both theatrical and event production as well as building management through hands-on experience. As key staff members, they play a pivotal role in and out of the CounterPulse office, assisting the Technical Director with all aspects of nonprofit administration, program coordination, bookings and contracts, facility innerworkings, and live performance production.  CounterPulse is designing a new facility for 2015!   This is an exciting active, diverse, and unique opportunity for the Production & Theater Facility Fellow:  This fellow will have an integral role working with architect professionals and contractors within the construction phase of our new building, as well as corresponding with our diverse artists and gaining hands-on professional experience in the theater working on multiple productions. The Production & Theater Facilities Fellow also has the opportunity to accrue skills in building a new theater facility by assisting Technical Director with corresponding with architects, contractors and building project managers.  They are also encouraged to shadow lighting or sound designers when appropriate and attend Board of Directors Meetings and other CounterPulse activities.

Full Job Description

Development & Special Events Fellowship

A crucial skill for anyone interested in a career in arts administration, the Development & Special Events Fellow (DF) will implement fundraising strategy, learning hands-on and strategic fundraising skills.  In collaboration with the Development Manager (DM), the Fellow will assist with donations management and stewardship, and gain knowledge of fundraising in all areas, including working with individual donors, foundations and corporations.  Additionally, this position will assist in the planning and support of off-site receptions and member events. An enthusiastic learner and articulate, detail-oriented person is suitable for this position.

Title Time Commitment Stipend
Outreach Fellow 15 hrs/week $100/month
Engagement Fellow 15 hrs/ week $100/month
Programming Fellow 15 hrs/ week $100/month
Production Fellow 15 hrs/ week $100/month
Development Fellow 15 hrs/week $100/month

Fellowship commitments and deadlines are as follows:

Season Application Deadline Length of Fellowship
Spring 2015 10/8/2014 1/2/15 – 7/10/15
Fall 2015 4/7/2014 6/29/15 – 1/15/16

All fellows receive free admission to all CounterPulse events and academic credit if applicable.