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Internships at The Art Effect

To quote founding board member Peter Leonard (former Director of Fieldwork, Vassar College), “In an internship, your classroom becomes the world.” At The Art Effect, we believe that authentic learning happens in the application of knowledge to real-world situations and problems. An internship at The Art Effect is an opportunity to gain professional experience.

The Art Effect offers internships for school credit in three sessions per year:

  • Spring (January-May)
  • Summer (June-August)
  • Fall (September-December).

 

Applicants are asked to consider the internship descriptions below and send letters of interest in specific positions, along with a current resume or CV, to: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, Director of Education, at maryellen@feelthearteffect.org.

Internship Descriptions:

Artistic Advancement Intern
The Artistic Advancement Intern should have an art-focused background as well as a strong interest in arts administration and art education. This intern will work on a variety of tasks including working closely with the Director of Artistic Advancement on various administrative projects, welcoming students and families, maintaining studio and materials, documenting programs via photography and video, and assisting our Teaching Artists as needed. Ideal candidates will have a strong fundamental understanding of the principals of fine art/design and critique. Strong communication skills and the ability to work with and engage middle and high school age youth are a must. Availability required is 5-10 hours per week, including some nights and weekends in alignment with Art Institute class schedule.

Workforce Program Intern
Workforce Program interns support the development, implementation, and assessment of curricula and programming by helping run workshops and after school classes, assisting in curriculum development, assisting classes with attendance records, student files, and digital media management support, and researching youth film festivals and coordinating submissions of student-produced work. Workforce Program interns work closely with one of the following programs:

  1. Media/Art/Design Lab (MADLab) Program:
    The MADLab intern helps with student application processing, creation of programmatic materials such as rosters and visual arts education tools, on-site production assistance, arts materials maintenance, and digital file management. Prior experience with mural painting, visual arts, and/or working with teenagers preferred but not required. Availability required is 5-10 hours per week, during after-school hours (2:30pm – 5:30pm).
  2.  Spark Studios:
    Spark Studios is The Art Effect’s after-school youth employment program focusing on media and technology. The Spark Studios intern helps with student application processing, creation of programmatic materials such as rosters and visual arts education tools, on-site production assistance, media file management, and file organization/backup. Prior experience with videography, filmmaking, graphic design and/or working with teenagers preferred but not required. Availability required is 5-10 hours per week, during after-school hours (2:30pm – 5:30pm).

Marketing/Development Intern
Marketing and Development Interns assist with communications, fundraising, and public relations. This position is intended for a second-year student who aims to establish a career in nonprofit development or communications. Responsibilities of this internship position include: researching new funding support (grants/sponsors/prospective donors), assisting in our sponsorship program, helping to draft proposals and reports, building content for marketing materials (including eblasts, blog posts, press releases, social media, flyers, etc.), developing and executing fundraising campaigns, and conducting outreach to the community for support. Working knowledge of Microsoft programs (especially Microsoft excel), Chicago Manual of Style, and graphic design experience preferred.

Non-Profit Administration Intern
Non-Profit Admin Interns assist with communications and development, as well as fundraising and public relations. Responsibilities include: keeping our website up-to-date (creating content and uploading it to the web), connecting with local and national media outlets, creating and sending out press releases, writing articles for web release, connecting with local agencies and youth groups, and organizing and rebuilding the The Art Effect press kit, developing and executing fundraising campaigns, and conducting outreach to the community for support.

Production Intern
Production interns support our production house, Forge Media, as well as our media education programs. Interns will gain experience in pre-production, production, post-production at a professional level through camera operation, non-linear editing, graphic design, digital file management, and other media production and post-production-related tasks.

Reel Expressions Intern
The Reel Expressions Intern supports the administrative management and promotion of the annual Reel Expressions International Teen Film festival, including submissions management and correspondence, sponsor solicitation, marketing materials creation, etc.

Interns have used skills honed during their internships to land jobs in the fields of media, the arts, teaching, production and more, with such employers as Nickelodeon Studios, Poughkeepsie Journal Media Group, Stockade Works, and more. Here’s what some former interns have to say about their experiences:

“All of the skills that you gain doing the multitude of tasks you may be given at Spark are applicable to your future career. Embrace this unique opportunity to create, serve, and learn. I am confident that you will have a truly invaluable experience like I did.“ – Lindsay Granat, Health and Human Services Major, SUNY New Paltz Class of 2016

“I wanted to make sure I did not miss the opportunity to thank you for all the ways you helped me throughout the semester. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me about senior project advice, and always giving me encouragement. It provided me with lots of perspective that really helped me formulate new connections and insights. I absolutely loved the opportunity to get to know you all and work closely with all of you. It is such a special place and I was happy to be a part of it for a while!” – Ryan Eykholt, Media Studies major, Vassar College Class of 2017

Volunteer With The Art Effect!
Our community volunteers serve a vital role in keeping our The Art Effect running smoothly. Volunteers are called on an as-needed basis for specific events, programs, and projects. For example, recent volunteers have assisted with spackling and painting the gallery, creating mailing campaigns, and serving as ushers on the night of our film festival, Reel Expressions.

To join our volunteer list, please contact Angela Beltrani at angela@feelthearteffect.org.