The Artists Space Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for individuals to be involved in the development and execution of a progressive and engaged contemporary arts program. The internship is designed to offer in-depth training and first-hand experience to those interested in pursuing a role in the fields of curating, exhibition production, or arts administration.
The position is ideal for a recent college graduate, or MA/MFA level student, with interests in non-profit arts organizations and an existing engagement with contemporary art. The post is for a four-month period (with the possibility to extend this if appropriate), and requires a commitment of three days a week, including one weekend day.
Fall: September – December / Application Deadline: July 1
Spring: January – April / Application Deadline: November 1
Summer: May – August / Application Deadline: March 1
Duration: 4 months, 3 days a week; modest stipend available
How to Apply
Individuals interested in applying must submit the completed PDF download, with cover letter and resume via email by the deadline indicated to:
Manager of Communications
Indicate the area for which you are applying in the subject of your email.
Artists Space will only contact applicants whom they are interested in interviewing. No phone calls, please.
Artists Space offers internships in the following areas:
The curatorial intern will work closely with the Artists Space Curator and Curatorial Assistant, as well as the organization’s Manager of Communication and Director of Administration, contributing to the day-to-day running of Artists Space, and to the research and development of the program. Responsibilities will include: general office and front-desk support; maintenance of archives and bookshop inventories; research towards exhibitions, events and publications; involvement in the day-to-day publishing of materials on the Artists Space website; and assistance with event management.
For candidates with a particular interest in curating, the position also offers the opportunity to propose a project to occur as part of the Artists Space public program. This proposal will be discussed and developed with the Artists Space curatorial staff across the period of the internship.
The administrative intern will work closely with Artists Space’s Director of Administration & Finance and Manager of Communications, as well as with the organization’s Executive Director, contributing to the day-to-day running of Artists Space. Duties will include general office and front-desk support; research and development of fundraising materials; donor correspondence and database management; upkeep of bookshop and limited editions records and reports; and assistance with the annual donor dinner and other events.
Candidates with an interest in financial management will have the opportunity to assist with the development and management of project and operating budgets, as well as bookkeeping and accounting support. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is essential for these responsibilities.
Bookstore & Events Internship
In 2012, Artists Space opened a second venue, Artists Space : Books & Talks, at 55 Walker Street, including a bookstore and a dedicated venue for debate alongside its exhibition programs, including year-round programming of lectures, screenings, performances, and symposia.
The Artists Space Bookstore is comprised of publications selected by one hundred artists, writers and thinkers, each asked to select ten titles – in its diversity the inventory plots the depth of knowledge that influences contemporary art production and ideas.
The Bookstore & Events intern will work closely with the Bookstore & Events Manager at 55 Walker Street to assist with reception and sales, research and track inventory, update the website, and help to facilitate evening programs.
Skills required for the post include: familiarity and competency with Mac OSX, and Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is recommended, and previous experience with Filemaker Pro desirable. Good verbal and written communication, and fluency in English essential. Knowledge and passion for contemporary art is key, and successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their engagement in this area, and their interests in non-profit organizations such as Artists Space. Initiative and openness to team work are essential.