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About Institute for Unpopular Culture

Since 1989, the Institute for Unpopular Culture (IFUC) has supported emerging artists and promoted artistic attempts to challenge the status quo. IFUC works to lessen the financial disparity between rebellious artists and those who cater to public taste and opinion to survive, and offers legal support to censored artists. Among its list of “unpopular” artists are Holly Hughes, Dan Das Mann and Julia “Butterfly” Hill, the environmental activist who famously lived in a tree to protest the desecration of Northern California forests. The institute also launched the Punk Rock Orchestra, a group that performs orchestral arrangements of punk songs.

Interns work closely with a small staff. Some participate in graphic arts and promotion/marketing work. Interns perform research to support casework, assist artists and participate in fundraising, promotion, graphic art, marketing and administration.


Open to college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, college graduates of any age and grad students.

Institute for Unpopular Culture

Internship Coordinator
Institute for Unpopular Culture
The Institute for Unpopular Culture
1592 Union Street, #226
San Francisco, CA 94123-4309
Phone: (415) 786-5003


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA