Hours, Pay, and Commitments
Each student worker will work
400 hours over the Spring semester (from January 1 to May 30, 2023) in in-person, remote, or hybrid settings. Schedules are expected to accommodate the student’s academic and personal responsibilities such as school or other part time employment. This averages to
around 20 to 25 hours a week.
For their work, each student worker will receive a wage of
$16 an hour (before taxes) for a total amount of $6,400, which will be administered by the host organization through their existing payroll systems. Each student will also recieve an additional $500 professional development stipend once their employment is complete (see below). To this end, POAC will disburse an $8,500 award to each organization in two installments: $5,000 at the beginning of the programming and the remaining $3,500 within 45 to 60 days. Student workers should not receive healthcare, retirement, or other employment benefits from the host organization. Any additional hours or payments are at the discretion of the host organization.
Beyond the student worker's salary and professional development stipend, the rest of the grant award can be used for payroll taxes, equipment purchases, offset expenses, or other costs of hosting a student worker. No separate application is necessary. All organizations will receive an administrative stipend.
Focus and Impact
Through a combination of independent research, hands-on tasks, guided trainings, and collaborative work, students should be provided with a comprehensive introduction to arts and culture administration while focusing on a particular department or skillset. To maximize the student worker’s learning and make the most of their time for your organization, we recommend designing the position around
a specific project, initiative, or program cycle that can be completed or administered from start to finish within the course of the employment period. We would also encourage you to think about how the position can be used to engage the public, impact the community, or directly benefit residents in the City of Phoenix.
As a supervisor, your primary role is to ensure the educational quality of the employment experience, serve as a professional mentor for the student, and take care of your student worker as a human being. In this vein, you can expect to spend
around five hours each week
actively managing your student worker by responding to emails, reviewing materials, having conversations, and holding meetings.
Additionally, supervisors will be required to fulfill professional and mentorship commitments, including:
Supervisor Orientation Jan 5: A two-hour supervisor orientation in-person on Thursday afternoon, January 5, 2023.
Student Welcome Jan 17: An optional two-hour welcome and general orientation for students on Tuesday afternoon, January 17, 2023.
Supervisor Check-In Mar 9: An informal check-in to be completed virtually during early or mid-February
Celebration May 19: A two-hour informal celebration on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Beyond gatherings, supervisors are also expected to complete
entrance and exit surveys for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, conduct at least one performance review for the student at the end of the semester, and furnish a letter of reference. POAC will provide active guidance, trainings, and other support throughout the process. Students will also participate in monthly check-in's, site visits, or other professional development opportunities. More details about trainings, orientations, and other processes will be provided at the appropriate time.
Additional Stipends and Professional Development
To enrich and enhance the employment experience, POAC will provide a $500 professional development stipend for each student worker, which can be used to register for conferences, attend trainings, or other professional development opportunities.
Supervisors and host organizations will also have the opportunity to
professional development workshops for student workers such as site visits, presentations, or workshops. Budgets are available to support each professional development opportunity. More information will be provided at the appropriate time.