Research Intern (Ongoing)

Research Intern (Ongoing)

Internship. San Francisco non-profit, SubArt

What: Research Internship
When: ongoing
Where: SubArt is a program of SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco 94105


  • A graduate interdisciplinary student with some knowledge, interest and exposure to public art, land use, and urban design
  • Strong research and writing skills


  • SubArt Interns are expected to devote 10 hours per week to this internship.
  • Position is unpaid.
  • Students and recent graduates are welcome to apply.
  • The research intern will have the option to work out of SPUR’s offices in downtown San Francisco and will have access to and weekly lectures and events.

Organization Overview
Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, SubArt is a creative place-making initiative that is reinventing the Bay Area’s mass transit experience. Great cities have great public spaces. In SF Bay Area, our most heavily used public space—our underground metro system—is grim and out of date. By revitalizing this space with immersive art, we can improve the daily experience for over 1/2 million people, attract new riders to our public transit system, and create an inspiring sense of place underground that will reflect the creativity above ground.

A fiscally sponsored project of SPUR, SubArt is a dynamic start-up organization that is working to transform the Bay Area’s metro station by catalyzing the creation of an art program within BART, engaging the general public, and building private partnerships that will allow for the integration of full-scale art in our underground metro stations.

Position Overview
This position works directly with SubArt leadership to assess existing art in transit in metro systems around the world. This project will research and create a presentation of art in transit designed to connect riders with the vision of large-scale public art. This informational resource and database will support knowledge building around transit-oriented community development and creative place-making initiatives.
This objective involves the identification of existing art in transit, the development of a database, and the creation of a document outlining art in transit.


  • Excellent communication, research and writing skills.
  • Data analysis and visualization, GoogleMaps, GoogleEarth, and database design and development.
  • Experienced using Microsoft Office, Internet, social media and other applications.
  • Proficiency in imaging programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and unsupervised.
  • Responsible, reliable, and well organized.
  • Interested in land use, urban design, public policy, and public art.

How to Apply:
To apply for this internship, submit a cover letter explaining your specific interest in this position and working with SubArt and a resume that details your experience. Please include your preferred start and end dates and hours of availability in the cover letter. Please e-mail your materials to More information about SubArt can be found at

This is an unpaid internship. We provide equal opportunity for all applicants.