Aquinas Center: Mural Corps Intern Position


Mural Corps Intern Position

Position Description: The Mural Corps Intern will work with the Aquinas Center’s director and high school teens from South Philadelphia to design a new program that will help these immigrant, refugee, and native born youth teach visiting groups about the power of murals to reclaim urban space and transform the built environment. The intern will research the practice of community-based murals, outline the steps involved in this kind of mural making, discuss youth experiences with murals, and develop a step-by-step visual guide and accompanying curriculum that can be implemented with any of the 25+ high school and university groups that visit the center each year. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in part of a mural process during their internship time period. To learn more about the center's ideological orientation to murals, visit:

The Mural Corps intern will:
1) Seek to build trust and understanding with the multicultural community through listening and accompaniment.
2) Learn about public art, mural making, and urban revitalization in Philadelphia and beyond.
3) Support community goals for activism and art through specific tasks and activities.
4) Gain experience in aspects of nonprofit management, including: social media, fundraising, volunteer management, program evaluation, and public relations.
5) Have the opportunity to document the process of launching the Youth Mural Corps and serve as a co-author on any related publications, academic or otherwise.

Intern candidates must have child abuse clearances prior to the start of the internship and attend a Safe Environment training. Successful candidates will be energetic and highly motivated; capable of working independently; comfortable in a diverse faith-based environment; have a demonstrated interest in public art and creative expression; have some experience leading volunteers; and, able to bend, squat, and lift 30 lbs in high heat and humidity. Ideal candidates will have a background in (or exposure to): urban studies, immigration, education, theology, or English language learning communities.

Hours and Availability: This unpaid internship is designed for an undergraduate student and can be taken for academic credit provided the goals fit with the student's home department. The time commitment is a minimum of four hours a week during an academic semester. At least two of those hours must be spent on site on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons between 3-6PM or Saturdays between 10AM and 1PM. Additional hours are welcome. Aquinas Center can provide SEPTA tokens to assist with travel costs to and from the student's university.

To apply for the Mural Corps Intern position, send your resume and a brief description of why you are interested to Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D. at

About Aquinas Center: Aquinas Center was developed in 2013 as a collaborative effort with the parishioners of St. Thomas Catholic Community, neighbors in South Philadelphia, and many people of good will. The former convent was re-purposed to be a welcoming place that offered mutual support to fostered shared understanding across cultural divides. Through dynamic partnerships with local organizations and agencies, Aquinas Center responds to community goals with counseling services, legal outreach, advocacy training, English classes, summer camp, literacy activities, youth development programs, community gardening, streetscape revitalization, and more.

To learn more about Aquinas Center, visit: