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 at firstname.lastname@example.org and Community Relations Manager Sarah Weikel at email@example.com.
Art Institute Intern
The Art Institute Intern should have an arts-focused background with strong drawing and painting skills. This intern will work on a variety of tasks including playing host and greeter to parents and students, studio and materials maintenance, photographic and video documentation of programs, and assisting the classroom teacher as needed with projects and students. Interns with an art education or fine arts background preferred. Strong communication skills and the ability to work with and engage middle and high school age youth are a must.
Community Program Interns
Community Program Interns support the development, implementation, and assessment of Spark/MSL curricula and programming by helping run workshops and after school classes, assisting in curriculum development, and creating new teaching materials, as well as researching youth film festivals and coordinating submissions of Spark’s student-produced work. Community Program Interns gain experience in: designing and leading students through creative projects and activities, assisting classes with attendance records, student files, and digital media management support, and helping finalize and complete student-produced projects for final delivery and exhibition. Community Program Interns work closely with one of the following programs:
- Community Program Intern, The MADLab:
The Habilidad 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.
- Community Program Intern, Spark Studios:
Media Magic is Spark + MSL’s after-school youth employment program focusing on media and technology. The Media Magic 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.
- Community Program Intern, Empire State Programs:
The Empire State Program Interns 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 painting, drawing, sculpture, arts and crafts, filmmaking, and/or working with elementary-age children preferred but not required.
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 Spark + MSL press kit, developing and executing fundraising campaigns, and conducting outreach to the community for support.
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.