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 Fall 2014. SculptureCenter is now in the midst of a very exciting moment of growth, and in the fall of this year, we will open a new building addition, accompanied by expanded programs and special events to celebrate the occasion.
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, MA Candidate, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Curatorial Intern Fall 2012
"My overall experience as a Curatorial Intern at SculptureCenter has been incredibly positive. Working closely with the Curatorial staff on A Disagreeable Object in the research, writing, production, and organization processes provided me with a complete experience of all that goes into curating a large group exhibition. I have enjoyed not only working closely with the various members of SculptureCenter's staff, but also getting to know the artists and audience the institution is engaged with. I leave the internship feeling invested in the institution and proud to have worked in a place that promotes emerging artists and experimental forms."
Katherine Lee, Brown University, Studio Art Major, VSSE Intern Summer 2012
"The thing about interning at SculptureCenter is that it's a prime example of a positive feedback loop. I applied to the internship because I appreciated SculptureCenter's mission and philosophy on a theoretic level. But what happened is that I encountered a group of people who were really excited about what the institution was doing and were willing to take the effort to bring me into the experience, and suddenly, I was invested. I got excited about what was happening. And the staff matched my hard work with more learning opportunities so that I had more chances to pitch in and on and on it went. I got to see how my assigned projects fit into a bigger picture and how that bigger picture translates into some very stimulating conversation about the art world. Even now, internship over, I'm interested in the work SculptureCenter will champion, the fresh talk it'll generate, and am truly appreciative of the chance I had to be a part of it."
Gabriel Burkett, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Operations Intern, Summer 2011
"SculptureCenter is unusually committed to its interns - I found my experience as Operations Intern to be rewarding in various ways, both personally and professionally. My time and my work were valued, and I was appreciated for my point-of-view as an architecture student. Processing applications for the In Practice Open Call allowed me to develop a sense of my interests as they relate to sculpture, and to think critically about the work of new artists. Aside from learning basic skills associated with the day-to-day operation of a small contemporary arts non-profit, I was also introduced to the social component of art-world success. Because as an intern I was included socially, my relationship with SculptureCenter is ongoing and has provided an avenue for continued involvement with contemporary art in New York."
Misa Jeffereis, Hunter College Art History Master's, Curatorial Intern, 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."
Nina Schwarz, Parsons Integrated Design Curriculum Major, Curatorial Intern, Spring 2010
"My experience at SculptureCenter was more than what the prevalent ideas about the duties and responsibilities of a curatorial intern would suggest. Learning how to compile an artist biography, doing research, email communication and organizing the shipment of the exhibition, is as important as being proactive in art conversation, lending your opinion, or just having a good chat about things that are far from art related. Even though at times the pressure was high, I was always willing to give everything, as I was always treated with respect and patience. A SculptureCenter intern learns more than hands-on know-how or intellectual exchange. Learning here is an education about the drive and the passion that can make working in the arts one of the best jobs in the world."