SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. We are currently accepting applicants for internships for Summer 2015.
Internships are unpaid but school credit may be earned. We regularly host international interns with strong language skills. Scheduling is flexible with an expected commitment of two days per week for 3 months.
Working with a small staff in an open office environment, you will gain valuable insight and hands on experience working for a non-profit art museum. Interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. You will also come away with important professional skills for working in the field of contemporary art. All interns enjoy complementary NewArtNetwork memberships after their internship.
Works directly with the Curator and Exhibitions and Program Manager in the organization of exhibitions and public programming. Primary responsibilities will be helping with planning and research for SculptureCenter's Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 exhibitions and contributing to SC's online platform, SculptureNotebook. Other daily duties may include assisting with events, providing administrative assistance, and artist and gallery correspondence.
Media and Events Internship
Works directly with the Operations Manager and Associate Director to generate content for SculptureCenter's online media presence. Primary responsibilities will be producing video and web content, event photography, and updating social media as needed. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-directed, and interested in initiating media projects. Experience behind a camera and editing video preferred.
Works directly with the Operations Manager to assist in the daily tasks, including IT support, and long-term projects associated with SculptureCenter's program. The Operations Intern will be involved with establishing institutional protocols related to IT, AV, and Physical Plant. Candidates must be willing to learn new skills quickly and apply them independently. The internship is ideal for a candidate interested in developing the practical skills needed to manage the operations of a non-profit contemporary arts space.
Special Events and Development Internship
Works directly with the Development Director on fundraising initiatives including individual and corporate giving as well as membership, constituent research, grant writing, sponsorship, and project planning. The SE/Development intern will also help produce special events including the SculptureCenter Annual Benefit Gala, membership gallery and collection visits, our patron-level travel program, and a series of evening and weekend public programming. Previous experience in fundraising and special events preferred. 2-3 days per week and special events.
Qualified applicants will have professional written and oral communication, excellent organization, and online research skills as well as basic familiarity with creative software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. All internships will include special dedicated events and NewArtNetwork membership programming, attending gallery tours, artists' studios, and special collections. Interns should have a strong knowledge of and enthusiasm for contemporary art, enjoying visiting galleries and museums in their free time. Prior museum or gallery experience preferred.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
How to Apply
To apply for a SculptureCenter Internship please send a resume, cover letter specifying your two preferred areas of interest, and two professional references to email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Marie Heilich, Assistant Director, White Flags Projects
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Fall 2012
"As a curatorial intern at SculptureCenter I worked closely with the staff to develop new research and writing for upcoming exhibitions and programming, in addition to assisting artists develop new projects. I left the internship invested in SculptureCenter's program of relevant artists and experimental approaches to exhibition making."
Jessica Hong, Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions & Publications, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Spring 2013
"As a Curatorial Intern, I received extensive, hands-on experience working on all aspects of the 2013 Better Homes exhibition, seeing the project evolve from its preliminary research stages to its physical manifestation. Additionally, I participated in selecting potential commissions and shaping the initial phases of the 2014 In Practice program, which gave me access to emerging artists exploring a diverse range of materials, ideas, and perspectives in novel and thought-provoking ways. As a small organization, you are part of a close-knit and collegial team, learning how an arts institution runs, but one that takes risks and emphasizes innovation. Taking part in the internship program, which I did during my graduate studies, enriched my professional experience and has helped prepare me for my current position. Furthermore, this experience will continue to be something I refer back to as I move forward on my professional track."
Misa Jeffereis, Curatorial Assistant, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Winter 2011
"As a Master's student and new resident of New York, I wanted to take advantage of the numerous internships that the city has to offer. My best experience was by far at SculptureCenter working the Curatorial Department. I was given a lot of responsibility right off the bat, from compiling checklists to drafting loan letters and securing reproduction rights for images. Since SculptureCenter has a small staff, I knew that my contributions were making an impact, and that was really important to me. By the end I had written seven posts for the Curator's Notebook blog and helped launch SC's Tumblr site. I would recommend the internship to anyone who enjoys plenty of responsibility and some play time too."
Lindsey Berfond, Curatorial Fellow, Art in General
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Spring 2013
During my time at SculptureCenter, I worked with the curatorial staff on a wide range of projects, including the development of new commissions, participating in the selection process for the 2014 In Practice program, and assisting with editorial preparations for the SculptureCenter publication Where Is Production? As a Curatorial Intern, I received extensive insight into the process of innovative exhibition making, from research and contextualization to the pragmatics of production and installation. At SculptureCenter, I gained experience in the field that, together with my graduate school studies, would equip me with the skills I frequently apply in my current professional position and curatorial methodology. As an intern, you are part of a small team that is tuned in to contemporary art discourse and committed to collaborating with artists in new and dynamic ways. The mentorship and support that SculptureCenter provides for their interns is invaluable, becoming part of an expansive network of forward-thinking artists, curators, and thinkers working in New York and beyond.