ArtsWestchester Internship Opportunities
ArtsWestchester offers internship opportunities in specialized fields. Our interns gain valuable experience that can be used in future careers such as: project management, public relations, professional writing, team collaboration, leadership and responsibility. Our interns enjoy an experience that is both meaningful and educational through creative projects and working closely with the staff members at ArtsWestchester. In addition to contributing to important tasks in specific departments, interns participate in professional development activities and learn the daily operational functions of a successful non-profit organization.
ArtsWestchester provides interns with a travel stipend to cover the costs associated with transportation to ArtsWestchester and complimentary admission to arts/cultural events throughout Westchester, where they can help build awareness of the arts. Internships can be used for college credit.
Please fill out our online application for an internship at ArtsWestchester. Internships are available to college and high school students.
The deadlines are as follows (application is rolling; apply early!) :
- Fall Internship (September-December) submission deadline is September 1st.
- Spring Internship (January-April) submission deadline is January 1st.
- Summer Internship (July-August) submission deadline is June 1st.
Requirements for ArtsWestchester Internships:
- Must be a High School Junior or Senior or currently enrolled in college or be a recent graduate (internships can be used for college credit)
- Minimum of 15 hours between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
- Must attend a mandatory virtual orientation
- Must have a desire to learn about all aspects of arts administration
Skills necessary for ArtsWestchester Internships:
- Demonstrated interest in the arts
- Detail-oriented, self-reliant, and a fast learner
- Works well with others and see tasks to completion in a fast paced environment
- Excellent Communication skills (both written and verbal)
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience with basic office administration
Principal duties may comprise of drafting assigned articles, press releases and event descriptions, fact-checking stories, editing content, conducting front-end research for upcoming events and projects, helping with our digital operations (submitting articles online, posting calendar events to news sites), expanding distribution of publication outreach, assist in archival of photos and media clips, and offering general assistance to the Editor/Communications Department.
Additional skills and experience encouraged: research and fact-checking skills; is web savvy; can tackle several different projects at once; working/understanding of word processing (Photoshop is a plus). This position is part-time.
Web Content and Database Intern
Arts Westchester is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual with knowledge of and experience working with databases to support various departments and web content. This person will primarily work with our IT/Web Manager in maintaining and implementing updates to current web pages, design & develop new web tools.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: be able to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing development environment; helps maintain and troubleshoot existing web applications; creates, maintains, and updates web documents and familiarity with HTML and WordPress block editor (Gutenberg) is a plus.
Grants & Government Relations Intern
The Grants Department intern provides administrative support for the Grants department of ArtsWestchester. They will assist the Director of Grant Programs and department staff on a number of projects for our Affiliate members and grantees.
Duties will include, but are not limited to: Basic administrative support and data entry, tracking grant submissions and progress reports in Submittable (grants platform), preparation of materials for grant review meetings, note taking during virtual grant review meetings, affiliate and associate membership and member relations, professional development program logistics, exposure to Westchester County and New York State advocacy efforts, basic administrative support and data entry; research of and outreach to potential new grant applicants and/or affiliate members; review and track grant submissions and progress reports; exposure to grant review meetings and info sessions; assisting with advocacy efforts with Westchester County and NYS.
The desired candidate must have strong organizational and communications skills. Be familiar with Microsoft Office and Google Docs/Sheets. Position will be hybrid, candidate should have reliable access to transportation as well as reliable, consistent internet access and familiarity with Zoom. Time commitment is flexible, preferred 10 hours per week.
Arts in Education Intern
The Arts in Education intern provides administrative support for the school and community art residency program and works closely with the Arts in Education staff. The intern will assist in all aspects of the teaching artist program, youth program support including Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays, ArtsMobile, Young Adult Leadership Council and the Art Factory, outreach, marketing duties, residency planning, and professional development for artists.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: conducting research; communicating with artists, arts organizations, and cultural sites in Westchester; filing; organizing mass mailings; performing data entry; and assisting with special projects, programs, and events. Position has a flexible schedule with some evening events.
Assist with day-to-day operations of the ArtsWestchester’s Gallery, a dynamic fine arts space in the heart of downtown White Plains.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: experience at front desk reception of exhibition visitors, fielding phone inquiries about exhibitions and performances, grassroots marketing for festivals, exhibition support including basic registrar duties, database management, research, and special event staffing.
Development/Special Events Intern
This internship offers the opportunity to work with development staff in all matters related to membership, special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grant requests, and major gifts. The ideal candidate must be comfortable on the phone.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: providing assistance to the Development Department; executing mail merges and preparing mass mailings; entering data into The Raiser’s Edge fundraising database; creating and modifying Excel spreadsheets; phone solicitation; assisting with the planning and execution of major fundraising events, including the annual Gala and Silent Auction; and working on special projects as needed. Position has flexible hours, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening hours required for special fundraising events.
Human Resources Intern
An internship within the business office offers the opportunity to work with building, operations, finance or administration staff. The ideal candidate is a business administration or related major who is proficient in Excel, detail-oriented, has excellent writing skills, and knowledge of QuickBooks/bookkeeping is a plus! Ability to work independently, once trained.