BMHQ Seeks Interns for 2013 Event Cycle

This could be you!

Greetings! We’re excited to announce three Internships in our San Francisco office.


Three unpaid internships will provide the right candidates with opportunities to engage with the pre-event preparations of Burning Man’s Communications Department, Regional Network and/or the Art Department during the busy pre-event production cycle (June-August) and on site in Black Rock City during the 2013 Burning Man event (August 25th – September 2nd).  Internships require a high level of organization, acute attention to detail and deadlines, top-notch written and verbal communication skills, and a keen ability to think quickly and function well in a high-pressure, creative environment that is often chaotic but always a lot of fun.

Interns will be required to attend the Burning Man event, and must be prepared to be radically self-reliant for up to two weeks in that environment, one of few resources and intensely harsh conditions. Work leading up to the event will be conducted in a professional office environment in downtown San Francisco. The number of hours per week is flexible depending upon candidates’ needs, schedule, and experience. Candidates who are available to continue their internship post-event (through the end of September) are encouraged to apply.

Internships will provide invaluable experience for someone wishing to learn about media relations, event production, and Burning Man arts and culture.  Interns will have opportunities to attend high level meetings, participate in planning processes, draft communications, and work alongside many accomplished professionals in the field of communications and arts management.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be eligible, interns MUST receive official school credit for their internship.  Prior to beginning an internship with Burning Man, candidates must provide written proof that credit will be received from the relevant educational institution.



  • Oversee the creation of a Burning Man manual listing on-playa staff departments, affiliated non-profits and art groups, theme camps, and art cars (“mutant vehicles”).
  • Assist with tracking media applications, researching media proposals, preparing summaries, and providing feedback during the media review process.
  • Track submissions and prepare review materials for annual Burning Man Sticker Contest.
  • Assist with pre-event logistical and production.
  • Provide various on site event support including wrangling media, assisting with set up of media office and Media Mecca, assisting with breaking down Media Mecca.


  • Assist with the pre-event coordination and on-site production of special events for the Regional Network Center.
  • Assist with calendaring and communication related to our Circle of Regional Effigies Art Walk.
  • Assist with pre-event logistics including order tickets, materials acquisition, and printing and reproduction.


  • Assist with the pre-event coordination and management of registered art installations.
  • Assist with gathering and organizing pertinent information for on playa Art Tours.
  • Assist with pre-event logistics including order tickets, materials acquisition, and printing and reproduction.


  • Candidates MUST be able to receive official school credit for their internship
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with MS word, MS Excel, internet browsers; basic web skills
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
, ability to uphold deadlines, be highly accountable
, strong written and verbal communication skills
 and the ability to communicate effectively in high-stress situations
  • Familiarity with Burning Man

Interns must be able to attend Burning Man from Wednesday, August 19th through Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013.

****These are unpaid positions. ****


Please send cover letter and resume to  Indicate if you have a preference for working with Media, the Regional Network, or the Art Department.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we will continue to accept applications until positions are filled.


Feel free to email if you have questions or need additional information.

About the author: Megan Miller

Megan Miller

Megan is an accomplished communications professional with experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She’s a skilled leader, writer, editor, public speaker, and strategic adviser. Megan is passionate about the art of sharing information in creative and impactful ways, and believes in the power of ideas and authentic self-expression to change the world for the better. Before joining the year-round Burning Man staff in 2012, Megan spent ten years working for environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, political campaigns, and the United States Senate. Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Megan earned a Bachelor’s degree in English & Art History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and is a 2007 graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. She is also a certified yoga instructor who loves shaking it loose on the dance floor.

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