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IPCNY (International Print Center New York) internships provide sophomore-year college level or above, recent graduates, graduate students, and postgraduates with practical training at a non-profit arts institution. Working with a small staff in an open office environment attached to an exhibition space, interns gain valuable insight and hands-on experience with all aspects of IPCNY programming, from exhibitions and education to development and communications. Interns come away with specialized professional skills, an understanding of the operations of a multi-faceted arts institution, and broad exposure in the field of prints and contemporary art.
The internship categories below indicate areas of specialty within IPCNY. Since the print center is at an exciting time of growth in its life with a new director, and new exhibitions, educational programming, public outreach, and patron development constantly in development, internships responsibilities evolve with the institution’s needs. All interns assist with general administrative duties.
Qualified applicants should have interests and skills that match at least two categories below, as well as strong written and oral communication, organization, and research skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office, and basic familiarity with creative software, including WordPress, Photoshop, and InDesign. Knowledge of the field of prints not required but a plus.
Internships are unpaid and come with a modest stipend; school credit may be arranged through the student’s school. We accept applicants year round. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum commitment of two days per week for three months. All interns have the opportunity to attend special events and programming organized by IPCNY, take advantage of our location in the Chelsea gallery district, and receive free admission to most NYC museums.
IPCNY is New York’s only non-profit arts institution dedicated to the innovative presentation of printed art, by emerging and established, national and international artists. The center is a vibrant hub and exhibition space in Chelsea with an artist-centered approach through its New Prints series and dynamic scholarly exhibitions that engage the medium in all its varied formats.
The Curatorial/Exhibitions Intern works with the Director and staff on the scholarly research and writing needs of the institution for exhibitions underway for the current season, exhibition in development, and grant proposals. Examples of writing may include extended wall labels, blog posts, and narrative descriptions. This intern also works with the Exhibitions and Media Manager with the planning and organization of exhibitions. Exhibitions include curated projects on subjects that vary from the contemporary to the historic to combinations thereof; and New Prints, an ongoing series of juried installations of contemporary prints by artists at all stages of their careers, nationally and internationally.
Registration/Art Preparation Internship
The Registration/Art Preparation Intern works directly with the Exhibitions and Media Manager on exhibition management and implementation. Duties may include assisting communications with the curator(s) and juror(s), the registration and presentation of digital images, completing loan agreements, preparing condition reports, and clearing image rights. This intern ideally should have experience handling objects and a desire to work hands-on with exhibition and gallery preparation.
Communications, Media & Design Internship
Communications, Media & Design Intern will assist relevant staff with updating and generating content for IPCNY’s online platform, including its website, social media presence, and marketing materials. Projects include assisting with advertising and other promotional design; photographing installations and events; editing images and video for website and marketing materials; and updating social media. Experience behind the camera and editing video, and with creative software, such as Photoshop and InDesign, preferred.
Development & Special Events Internship
The Development & Special Events Intern will work with the Director and Public Program Manager on fundraising initiatives, including researching potential funders and sponsors for exhibitions, special events, and program initiatives. Projects also include assisting with grant research, membership development, and the planning and production of patron events, special print sales, and IPCNY’s Spring Benefit Dinner, our largest annual fundraiser.
Arts Education Internship
The Arts Education Intern will assist the Public Program Manager with the development of program ideas, the coordination of classroom and community visits, and the identification of new constituents for potential partnering and visits. The intern also will directly assist IPCNY’s freelance Artist Educators during class visits and workshops in our exhibition space; this includes both interpretive exhibition tours and hands-on printmaking activities. The intern may occasionally travel offsite for workshops. IPCNY’s arts education program extends from primary school to the elderly.
Archives Preservation Internship
The Archives Intern will assist the staff in assessing the needs and proposing a framework for a comprehensive archive to organize and preserve IPCNY’s history. The intern will work under the supervision of staff to condense and digitize printed matter relating to exhibitions, among other aspects of IPCNY’s programming. The intern may collaborate with staff and key stakeholders in the founding of the organization to create an illustrated chronology and oral history.
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
To apply, email a resume and a cover letter specifying at least two preferred areas of interest and your reasoning, as well as your availability and one to two references, with the subject line Internship Application, to email@example.com.