The Penumbra Foundation | Center for Alternative Photography’s Internship Program is currently full for Fall 2013.
If you are interested in internships for Spring/Summer 2014 we will begin taking applications this November. Stay tuned for more opportunities coming soon.
Please note that internships are unpaid. Details about our internship program requirements and the process for applying are listed below.
If you are interested in being a volunteer for our organization please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our Volunteer Outreach List. You will be contacted when we’re looking for volunteer help at events & programs!
ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERN
We are currently seeking an Arts Administration Intern(s) for Fall 2013. While this position is mainly administrative, interns may assist on occasion in our weekend workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the programs they are directly supporting. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys customer service, event planning, organizing, and is proactive & creative. The position will be fast paced and hands on. We value all of our interns and want to ensure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.
You are enthusiastic, organized and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. You have a thorough understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, a working knowledge of Photoshop, and are flexible and not afraid to jump in where needed. An interest in photography is a plus.
Job Description & Duties
- Assist the Assistant Director for the Center for Alternative Photography in planning and scheduling the workshops, artist lectures, and special event calendars.
- Design and prepare documents associated with workshops, lectures, and events (i.e. Newsletter sign-up sheets, volunteer sign-up sheets, program schedules, maps, etc.).
- Assist in ordering materials for workshops, maintaining inventory & organization in the darkroom.
- Assist with promotion of the workshops, lecture series, special events & initiatives.
- You will also work closely with the Assistant Director of the Center for Alternative Photography and the Penumbra Foundation Director of Marketing and Development on other projects related to programs and events.
Interns will be exposed to a rich photographic community, and be given access to our programs. This includes lectures, gallery shows, and opportunities to assist and participate in our alternative photographic workshops.
MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERN
We are currently seeking a Marketing and Business Development Intern(s) for Fall 2013. This is an opportunity to develop your business skills while gaining insight and experience in a non-profit photographic arts organization. Ideal candidates are those interested in Arts Administration, Marketing, and Non-Profit Business Administration and Development. We value all of our interns and want to ensure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.
You are enthusiastic, organized and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. You are confident using Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, and Social Media Platforms. You are a self-starter, have strong attention to detail, and are comfortable working independently as well as part of a team.
Job Description & Duties
- Help manage social media activity including Tumblr blog, Facebook and Twitter.
- Assist in writing/editing copy for monthly e-newsletter.
- Assist in development of programs and strategies to build online/offline awareness.
- Assist in creating an editorial calendar and targeting online media for event listings and promotion.
- Help maintain contact mailing list and press lists.
- Assist with direct mailings and distribution of promotional materials.
- Assist with processing new membership applications and maintaining the member database.
- Research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, public sources)
You will work closely with the Penumbra Foundation Director of Marketing and Development and the Assistant Director of the Center for Alternative Photography on above responsibilities and other projects related to programs and events.
Interns will be exposed to a rich photographic community and be given access to our programs. This includes lectures, gallery shows, and opportunities to assist and participate in our alternative photographic workshops.
STUDIO ASSISTANT INTERN
We are currently seeking a Studio Assistant Intern for the Penumbra Tintype Studio.
This main focus of this internship will be on the day-to-day operations of the studio and promotion to increase visibility and business for the studio. Interns will be introduced to the process of wet plate photography, assisting the photographer and will be involved with daily administrative operations of the facilities.
Job Responsibilities will include:
- Assist with administration and operation of the studio. This may include answering emails or telephone calls, session scheduling, customer service and client relations.
- Assisting with promotion of the Tintype Studio. Updating website and social media (Facebook, Tumblr), distributing promotional materials through online posting site and hand delivery.
- General maintenance and upkeep of the studio. This will include keeping the client and front area tidy and helping organization of the darkroom and drying areas.
- Scanning and archiving images for image library.
- Varnishing and preparing plates for client pick-up.
- Assist photographer during client portrait sessions.
- Running errands for supplies and other miscellaneous projects related to the studio.
You are enthusiastic, detail oriented and a team player. You have a working knowledge of Photoshop as well as scanning, printing and camera equipment. A background in the historical photographic arts is a plus but not required.
We are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day per week but would prefer a commitment of 2 days per week. Internships are unpaid but college credit may be arranged. See application details below.
APPLICATION PROCESS & INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Internships require a minimum commitment of two days per week (or 16 hours) for 3 to 6 months.
Our office is located at 36 East 30th Street (between Madison and Park Avenue) in Manhattan and our office hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Interns will be expected to complete specific projects and perform daily assignments. Year-round opportunities are available and internships are on a rolling basis. Internships are unpaid but college credit may be arranged.
Applications should be submitted electronically by emailing email@example.com and attaching PDF versions of the following documents. Indicate which position you are applying for in your application. If applicable, include your institution’s requirements for credit with your application.
- Completed Application Form (download at here)
- Cover Letter
- Two References and Contact Information
Candidates for interviews will be notified by e-mail or phone. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have questions about applying for an internship, please email the Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit member supported organization dedicated to preserving historical and emulsion based photography and maintaining its relevance as an artistic and educational tool in the evolving digital age. The Center for Alternative Photography in New York City is a workshop-based educational program devoted to teaching original 19th century photographic processes and 20th century emulsion-based photography.