Summer Internships - 2023
Summer Internships in the Arts at VIEW
View Arts Center
Located in the picturesque foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, in Old Forge, NY, View is a LEED certified, multidisciplinary Arts Center that presents rotating exhibitions in all media in four large galleries; hosts a range of theatre and music performances, lectures, and events in a flexible 200-seat performance space; boasts a fully equipped pottery studio with 10 wheels and 3 kilns; offers a light-filled workshop space suitable for a wide range of participatory arts activities; plus classroom and meeting spaces and a fully equipped catering kitchen. View serves the Fulton Chain of Lakes region that includes year-round and seasonal residents, and thousands of visitors who enjoy the region’s natural beauty and outdoor opportunities all year long.
View offers a ten-week summer internship program for college students and recent grads interested in gaining on the ground experience in a busy nonprofit arts center. Internships will be offered in the following program areas: Pottery, Community Arts/Workshops, Performing Arts, Exhibitions, Marketing, and Special Events. Interns are paid a bi-weekly stipend, and housing is provided. All positions are fulltime (40 hrs/wk), including some weekend and evening hours. Interns may attend workshops, events, and performances free of charge on a space available basis.
While each program has specific qualifications, all successful candidates will demonstrate a willingness to learn, flexibility and adaptability, creative problem solving, and the capacity to work well both collaboratively and independently.
Intern Position Summaries
View’s Pottery Internship program is geared towards college students and recent ceramics graduates, as well as ceramic artists who are interested in teaching or furthering their ceramic education. Interns will learn the daily operation of a community ceramics studio, deepen their knowledge of ceramics materials and processes, and support the administrative responsibilities of studio management. Emphasis is placed on safety, equity, and efficiency in studio operations.
Intern responsibilities will include the day to day studio operation. Typically, this includes:
- Mixing glazes, making test tiles
- Reclaiming clay
- Loading and running kilns
- Cleaning and washing kiln shelves
- Organization and inventory of materials and tools
- Supervising drop-ins and open studio time
- General cleaning and upkeep of the studio, tools, and equipment
The Pottery intern will also assist in the organization of our Ice Cream Social event in August, including making pieces to be sold at the event, providing logistical support, coordinating volunteers, and set-up and tear-down. Other projects may be available based on skills and interest.
The Community Arts/Workshops program offers emerging arts educators an outstanding opportunity to create and lead arts and crafts workshops for adults, teens, and young children. Interns will also assist the program manager in administrative tasks, coordinate with outside instructors and teaching artists, and support the development and delivery of the summer “Family Drop-In” program. This program requires interns who are creative, energetic, possess excellent organization and communication skills, and enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities.
The Events Internship is a perfect way to gain skills and knowledge in community and special events planning in an art center, and gain hands-on experience in planning, executing, and participating in a range of special events, including fundraisers, gallery receptions, a craft fair, antique show, and more. Interns will participate in event planning, promotion, logistics, implementation, and wrap up. A creative background and basic knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Canva, etc. is encouraged, but not required. The successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication, and attention to detail. Event interns intersect with donors, members, caterers, clients, artists, and vendors, and must be equipped to handle the unexpected with patience and professionalism. Interns will also participate in weekly staff meetings and brainstorming sessions, sharing ideas and working with a team in a collaborative environment.
From print and digital advertising to social media and video, a Marketing Internship at View will give an in-depth, hands-on learning experience in a variety of mediums. Interns will be tasked and challenged every day to come up with new materials to promote View and everything it has to offer: musical and theatrical performances, art gallery exhibitions, events, workshops, fundraisers, raffles, and more.
While working directly with the Marketing Manager, interns will also gain experience collaborating with other programs at View to create and distribute materials like posters, print and digital ads, produce a weekly e-newsletter, rack cards, postcards, shooting and editing promotional photos and videos, writing press releases, maintaining parts of the website, and keeping active social media accounts.
Interns will work extensively in the G Suite and the Adobe Suite, using InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere most often. All materials produced will be evaluated by the Marketing Manager to ensure an appropriate mix of creativity and functionality. Interns will also be able to view the analytics of all digital materials to see how the public is responding to their work.
Marketing interns will quickly learn time management skills, as well as how to maintain multiple projects at once, and how to work quickly without sacrificing creativity or accuracy.
View’s Exhibitions intern(s) will have hands-on experience in exhibition development, installation, promotion, and de-installation. Intern(s) will gain experience in all areas of the gallery, including art handling, exhibition design, gallery maintenance, and art packing and shipping. Interns will also attend Visual Arts Committee meetings, gaining insight from professionals with diverse backgrounds. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are important attributes. Preference is given to applicants with prior exhibition preparation or gallery experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to learn, the capacity to work with artists, judges, and volunteers, and a deep interest in gallery or museum work.
The Performing Arts program at View presents more than 15 music and theatre productions each summer, including children’s programs, professional theatre performances, and musical performances in various genres. The Performing Arts intern will work closely with the program manager and develop skills including running a light board, house managing, ticket sales, marketing and promotion, and more. Intern duties may include artist hospitality, writing press releases, greeting audience members, assisting backstage, assisting with load-in and load-out, running sound and lights, and more. Excellent communication skills, computer skills, and the ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of performers will contribute to success in this program.
Please email a cover letter and resume to Internships@ViewArts.org. Include “Internship” and the position(s) you are applying for in the subject line. Intern applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 10, 2023. Qualified candidates will be contacted by View program staff to schedule a virtual interview. No phone calls please.
3273 State Route 28
Old Forge, NY 13420