About IPCNY’s Internship Program
IPCNY (International Print Center New York) 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.
IPCNY’s internships provide junior-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’s new exhibitions, educational programming, public outreach, and patron development initiatives are constantly in development, internships responsibilities evolve with the institution’s needs. All interns assist with general administrative duties.
Graduate students enrolled in art history, arts administration, museum studies, and fine arts programs preferred; prior gallery, museum, or studio experience not required but a plus.
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.
Types of Internships:
The Exhibitions Intern provides support in the planning and organization of exhibitions. This includes working with the Director and staff on scholarly research for grant proposals, preparing exhibition checklists, writing wall labels and narrative descriptions, providing logistical support for the touring program, and other general administrative duties as required.
This intern also helps manage the submission and jurying process for the New Prints Program.
Archiving & Inventory Internship
The Archiving & Inventory Intern will support staff in preparing condition reports, clearing image rights, and keeping the inventory of works up to date. Interested candidates may also have the opportunity to create IPCNY’s first digital archive, scanning and organizing records, catalogues, and other printed materials from the organization’s 17-year history.
Social Media & Web Internship
The Social Media & Web Intern will assist relevant staff with updating and generating content for IPCNY’s online platforms, 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.
This intern may occasionally travel offsite for workshops. IPCNY’s arts education program extends from primary school to the elderly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.