Intern

ART PAPERS
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Art Papers internship program is designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students real-world experience in nonprofit management, program development, and publishing. Interns will gain hands-on experience in a high-visibility nonprofit arts organization while accruing skills that can be applied in a multitude of fields going forward. We offer hybrid (in-person + remote) and fully remote internships for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. If this interests you, please review the application details below and submit your materials by the following deadlines.

  • Fall Deadline for Sept – Dec internship: September 6 *HYBRID & REMOTE*
  • Spring Deadline for Feb – May internship: Jan 3 *HYBRID & REMOTE*
  • Summer Deadline for May – Aug internship: April 26 *HYBRID & REMOTE*

WHAT TO EXPECT

The day to day of an Art Papers intern is marked by fluidity. You might find yourself helping with database management, magazine circulation and distribution. Other times, you might assist with fundraising efforts, event planning, marketing, or research. A propensity to learn and rise to the occasion is needed.

Interns can expect to gain experience working on the following core tasks:

  • Flowing content to web
  • Inputting subscriptions and donations into our database
  • Generating content for social media
  • Conducting general research on various topics
  • Proposing neighborhood ideas for the website homepage
  • Writing captions for images
  • Assisting with programs or events
  • Expanding access to the ART PAPERS archives

In addition to regular tasks, interns will also engage in detail-oriented critical thinking toward proposal and completion of an individual learning project.

LEARNING PROJECT OPTIONS:

  • Graphic design project
  • Archival research project
  • Donor research
  • Advertiser research
  • Photography & videography assistance
  • Personal writing/editing development
  • Audience development research
  • Program & event planning assistance
  • Marketing analysis and research assistance

There are many opportunities to bring your creativity and specialized skill set to the table, and individual projects can be tailored to your interests.

BENEFITS OF AN ART PAPERS INTERNSHIP

  • Direct access to every member of the team including but not limited to the Executive Director, Editor + Artistic Director, and Program Coordinator
  • Opportunities to build your portfolio through assigned projects and writing
  • Opportunities to expand and hone your skills through hands-on experience
  • A free one-year subscription to ART PAPERS

Mentorship and Training Support Structures in the program:

  • Two weeks of training—an extensive walk through all of our systems and how to operate them
  • Three intro sessions—one with each of our full time staff members
  • Four specialized crash course sessions—relating to editorial, organizational, programming, or marketing topics
  • Weekly Check-ins with the Circulation + Editorial Coordinator
  • Exit Interviews—a moment for reflection and feedback at the end of your experience

Our goal for this program is that our interns walk away feeling that they’ve received insight into what it means to work in an arts nonprofit while building practical skills and deepening their passion for contemporary art. If this is an experience that you would like to have, apply today!

COMMITMENT
Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week—adhering to a regular, designated schedule, Monday-Friday, for a period of at least three months. Participation in weekly staff meetings is encouraged if schedules allow.

Remote interns must commit to weekly, 30-60 minute Zoom check-ins, and to submitting assignments electronically via Dropbox/email on deadline.

Art Papers internships are unpaid, but we are committed to providing an enriching, educational experience that will build viable and transferable skills. We will accommodate academic credit requirements if offered, and if arrangements are made in advance. In the case of for-credit internships, it is the intern’s responsibility to learn and communicate their individual program’s requirements to Art Papers.

For their service, interns are listed on the masthead of the publication for the duration of the internship.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. All interns must be organized, professional, proficient with computers—including knowledge of basic office software and social media applications—and able to work with minimal supervision.

Successful interns will possess the following skills and traits:

  • Interest in contemporary art/arts publishing
  • Timeliness and attention to deadlines
  • An eagerness to learn new things and pick them up quickly
  • The ability to take the initiative on tasks
  • Strong communication and research skills
  • An interest in the relationship between text and image

TO APPLY
Submit the following:

  1. A cover letter describing:
  • Why you are applying for an internship at Art Papers
  • What you hope to gain from the experience
  • What skills or experiences you bring to the organization
  • Information about relevant coursework
  • The dates/time period you are available to intern
  1. A resume detailing your educational background and past work experience.
  2. A writing sample of 500–1000 words (e.g. an excerpt from an essay, an article, or other form of writing on contemporary art/cultural production)

Please email the above documents with subject line “Intern Application” to:

  • Saskia Benjamin, Executive Director, at director@artpapers.org
  • Circulation & Editorial Coordinator, at circulation@artpapers.org