View is a dynamic Center for Arts and Culture based in the Adirondack Region of upstate New York. Our mission is to enrich, educate, entertain, and inspire. Our cultural environment is welcoming, trusting, process driven and fun. The Adirondacks provide a source of inspiration and opportunity for artistic expression. View is dedicated to inspiring the lives of individuals visiting or residing in this magnificent natural area.
View offers a Summer Internship program for college students or recent graduates interested in experiencing the inner-workings of a non-profit arts center from June – August. An Internship at View is an excellent opportunity for students to work directly within their program of choice to facilitate professional network connections, learning skills, and build valuable experience that will stand out on a resume for employment. Qualified interns may also have the opportunity to instruct workshops. Summer Interns work in View’s state-of-the-art Eco-Building and experience summer at a beautiful venue enjoying scenic outdoor sights featuring trails, lakes, mountains, and wildlife.
Applicants must exhibit the following values: passionate about what you do, interest in creative ideas, think outside the box, can work collaboratively, and be accountable.
Overview of Internship Responsibilities: View Interns are assigned to their program of choice based on availability. However, interns may assist in more than one program depending on interest, experience, and View resource requirements.
Summer Interns are also assigned varied assignments that include but are not limited to: communication with members of our project management team and visitors, exhibition installation and deinstallation, assisting events and fundraisers, preparing and distribution of promotional materials, and administrative duties. Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week. Some nights and weekends are required.
Stipend & Housing: Interns are given a bi-weekly monetary stipend. College credits may also be arranged. Interns are provided shared housing, (but may need transportation depending upon our ability to secure housing close enough to walk to View…in the past transportation has not been an issue). Interns may attend workshops, events, and performances, free of charge on a space available basis.
Specific Position Openings and Program Qualifications:
As noted above, interns will have exposure to different programs depending on a variety of factors. All interns will participate and support in broad-scale programs, performances or events. An example is our Summer Gala/Garden Party which is our most significant summer fundraising event. The work experience will range from learning to doing, and being a part of a team. See more specific details regarding individual positions below. View may hire more than one person in certain positions.
Visual Arts Assistant: The Visual Arts Assistant will work closely with the Visual Arts Manager in the preparation and implementation of all summer exhibits and related activities and programs,, including the nationally renowned Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Throughout the year, View has over twenty exhibitions ranging from national juried exhibitions to local solo exhibitions. The Visual Arts Assistant will gain knowledge on how to assist in running an exhibit from beginning to end. This includes gaining hands on experience in exhibitions practices, exhibition layout/design, artist/visitor relations and more. Duties will consist of the installation of artwork, assisting with receptions and events, creating exhibition materials, working with artists, volunteers and judges and various administrative tasks. All applicants must maintain a high level of attention to detail, solid basic mathematical skills, ability to work with various hand tools, comfortable working on ladders and the ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted. Preference is given to those with prior exhibition preparation or gallery management experience and those with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
Fine Arts & Crafts Assistant: View offers an outstanding array of interesting, diverse, and fun workshops and classes for adults, teens, and children including pottery, fine arts, fiber arts, basketry, book arts, culinary, jewelry and more. Interns will provide support to instructors and students as well as organizing, leading, and managing the drop-in program for children in July and August, and developing/teaching workshops on their own.
Tasks include daily administrative responsibilities, room preparation and organization, and database management. This position requires interns who are creative, energetic, possess strong computer, organizational and verbal communication skills, and are comfortable working with children and adults.
Ceramics / Pottery Assistant: View’s Pottery Internship program is geared towards college students, recent ceramics graduates, as well as ceramic artists who are interested working in a state-of-the-art Community Ceramic Studio with a gorgeous view of natural Adirondack nature, teaching, furthering their ceramic education, gaining knowledge in operating ceramic equipment, and learning about the operations of running a Pottery business. The internship program provides students with experience in the nonprofit sector as part of a supportive educational community. Pottery Assistant will work directly with and report to the Ceramic Studio Program Manager. A large portion of the Pottery Intern’s learnings, skills, and/or experiences would include operational, and administrative support for maintaining and managing studio equipment, materials, and supplies for ceramics and other related mediums used in our workshop facilities at View. Pottery Intern insures that materials and supplies are stocked, organized, maintained and cleaned so that the ceramics studio is clean and classes are efficient and effectively run. The Pottery Assistant will assist the Pottery Studio Manager in the loading and firing of gas and electric kilns. Based on skill level, the Pottery Assistant may be asked to teach or assist with pottery workshops.
The Internship Program will provide an opportunity to gain skills planning one of View’s annual Pottery events that engages with the community. This internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience in planning, executing, and participating in planning one of View’s annual Pottery events that engages with the community. Tasks will include planning, promoting, logistics, member relations, on-the-day support, and post-review discussions. The Pottery Assistant will be learning skills in working for operating a ceramics program within an art center and or skills that can be applied in any type of setting or used to build their own pottery business.
Performing Arts Assistant: Performing Arts Programming Internship provides a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in performing arts or arts administration and other related fields. View has a 200-seat performance space that presents a diverse program that includes live theatre, music, dance, and other special performances. Candidates will assist the Performing Arts Manager in all aspects of running and planning a successful program while gaining hands-on experience on the inner workings of a performing arts venue. Interns will assist in daily administrative duties and provide production support before, during, and after performances that include programming, box office support, technical production, marketing/public relations, and performer hospitality. Successful candidates should possess excellent organizational and people skills, strong written and verbal communication skills and have a flexible schedule. The candidate should also have some or all of the following skills; running a light board and/or soundboard, writing press releases, box office record keeping, house management, Word, and Excel. Graphic Designers with a performance background are highly encouraged to apply. Bring your energy, enthusiasm, and passion for the performing arts.
Marketing & Media Assistant: Work with Marketing and program team members to generate graphics and press for a wide variety of events, exhibitions, and performances. You will execute several projects from the conception of marketing promotion and advertisements to execution. Duties include conceptual development, designing various printed materials such as posters, programs and rack cards, updating the website (programming skills not required), writing press releases, social networking, and research. Intern is required to have working knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Additional programs or creative abilities such as printmaking, programming and photography/video are desirable. When applying for this position please attach a portfolio of 5-10 pieces in PDF format or include a link to your online portfolio. Portfolio pieces should reflect graphic, digital, and print design, a strong sense of typography, and include at least one poster.
Community and Special Events Assistant: View hosts an array of special events and weddings that take advantage of the Adirondack setting, as well as the Center’s picturesque grounds. The Event Intern will work closely with the Event Manager to coordinate and execute a number of art focused festivals, auctions, and social events. The Event Intern will have hands-on experience working with caterers, creating decorating plans, table layouts, event timelines, and arranging entertainment.
General Arts Administration Intern: In addition to hosting a variety of programs and events throughout the summer, View runs as a not-for-profit member organization that engages in a wide range of activities to engage members, volunteers, donors and supporters. Administration work may range from assistance in grant writing to membership administration, to operational responsibilities, to supporting our gift shop and online store sales activities, and more. Candidates will need to have strong written and verbal communications skills, attention to detail, quick learner, interest in back-office support of a not-for-profit arts organization, and have strong people skills.