Monthly Archives: June 2012

“You should also expect typical intern duties such as: filing, taking out the trash, coffee runs…”

…sorry, no, don’t want to deal with “typical intern duties” since I signed up to “learn about the casting process” do the work of your casting director for zero pay. Minimum 3 days per week from 11-5? No thank you.


Joy Dewing Casting

Category: Internship


Joy Dewing Casting is seeking interns to start ASAP for our Summer Internship (June-September 2012). Duties include, but are not limited to: contact with agents and actors, scheduling and monitoring auditions, brainstorming, research, and audition prep. You should also expect typical intern duties such as: filing, taking out the trash, coffee runs, answering phones & general office maintenance.

Must be smart, quick, creative, organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, confident, and have a sense of humor. Must have excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, etc.). Knowledge of Macs a plus. Terrific phone manner a must. This internship is very demanding and is a great opportunity to learn about the casting process through hands-on training and experience. Ideal candidate is someone with a theatrical background or degree who is interested in exploring casting as a career. Commitment is minimum 3 days per week from 11–5 (Although full-time commitment is preferred).

For more information about the company and our current and past projects please visit

Must be able to start ASAP. Must be available to interview in New York. No phone interviews.

To be considered please send a cover letter and resume to All attachments MUST be in either .doc or .pdf format. Please have your subject read: Summer Casting Internship.

No calls please.

Joy Dewing Casting


New York, NY 10001


Unpaid Security internships at an auction house! WTF.

For a company that made $145.5 million just this week, we find it particularly appalling that they offer unpaid internships. Where does the greediness end? And to offer an unpaid position in its SECURITY department nonetheless! Christie’s, don’t you want the individuals you hire to safeguard the works you sell for millions of dollars to feel respected? Paying them would be a good start.

Christie’s Fall 2012 Security Internship


New York, NY

Christie’s is currently accepting applications for an unpaid Fall internship with the Security department that exposes students to the operations of an auction house and the art industry through hands-on experience during their fall semester.

Christie’s Security Department is entrusted with safeguarding highly valuable property and ensuring the safety of our employees, clients and visitors. Security is the business of everyone who works for Christie’s and is not the responsibility of the Security Department alone. Christie’s takes its responsibilities for matters relating to security very seriously.

Wherever we operate around the world, we maintain effective security procedures in all areas of our operations to protect our staff, our clients, our clients’ property, and our reputation for excellence as the world’s leading art business.

Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
-Data Entry
-Assist with maintaining spreadsheets for department statistics
-Update Emergency Management Notification Database
-Shadow Security Personnel to gain understanding of department
-Special Projects, as assigned

General internship length for this program is 14 weeks. All internships require a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week during the fall semester.

Fall Internship Dates: September 4, 2012-December 7, 2012*

Fall Internship Deadline: August 3, 2012**

*Note: These are the minimum dates required. Interns may make special arrangements with their department for any schedule adjustments or extensions.

**Note: Applications may be accepted past the deadline if any positions remain unfilled. However, it is strongly advised to complete and send in your application well in advance of August 3rd to avoid last-minute computer crashes.

In addition to working in assigned departments, interns also attend orientation, auctions, organized intern events, and a presentation given by Human Resources on networking, interviewing techniques, and resume-writing tips. Interns graduating within the next 12 months will receive an exit interview with Human Resources.

International Candidates:
International students may apply for a U.S. internship as long as they are degree-seeking, have a letter of acknowledgement from their school, and have the necessary Visa status. Christie’s does not sponsor Visas for student interns. Eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis.

19th Century Furniture & Decorative Art

• All interns must be degree-seeking candidates currently enrolled in school
• The internship must be relevant to the student’s current course of study
• Interns must provide a letter from the school confirming that they are receiving school credit for this program
• Provide a letter of acknowledgement from the school recognizing the internship if credit is not offered.
• Interns must sign an agreement to complete the full duration of the internship*
• All intern applicants must apply online through at and complete the application titled “Fall 2012 Security Internship”

*Please be mindful of your school schedule and course load before applying for an internship. If you will not be able to balance the internship with your academic commitments, you may want to consider our Summer program or our Winternship 2012-2013 program, which takes place over students’ winter break.

Qualification Requirements:
• Willingness to help out when needed
• Upperclassman (Junior or Senior) majoring in Security Management or Criminal Justice, with a strong interest in the arts
• Independent worker and self-starter
• Excellent computer skills (Excel and Microsoft Word)
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior written and spoken communication
• Superior client service skills
• Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail
• Good research and writing skills

“Proven Editorial background required”

Last we checked, Rachael Ray’s empire was doing pretty well. So why does her company need to recruit unpaid laborers? Sometimes, the employers try to cloak the internship’s real goal with vague requirements. Not so much here! Scroll down to the ‘Experience’ section (but don’t miss the very clear statement that this is an unpaid position). Some highlights for those short on time: the intern must have “Proven Editorial background”, they “must have worked for a publication before”, and also “Experience in current publishing and business software software.”

I think we’ll stop here. This is illegal.

Student Intern/Editorial, EDWRR
Department: EDWRR Editorial & Art
Job Summary: Meredith Corporation has an opportunity for a motivated and creative student pursuing an Editorial career. This position will assist our lifestyle editors at Every Day with Rachael Ray in concepting, developing and creating consumer content for the lifestyle content, including food, parties, crafts, decorating and trends. The intern will work with both print and online, helping to come up with original content, research story ideas, create e-newsletters and assist with our Every Day Faves product pages. An interest in food and knowledge of social media is not required, but beneficial.

This unique opportunity is designed to provide a hands-on experience while expanding your professional experience and enhancing your academic studies.

Placement is based on experience, strong writing skills and communication and organization skills.


Essential Job Functions

100% – Assist in the development and execution of exceptional editorial content across all media.
Job Requirements: Job Requirements : Minimum Qualifications:
All must be met to be considered.


Enrolled college student with major emphasis journalism, magazine journalism, English or related field.

Proven Editorial background required. The student must have solid writing, editing, research, reporting and content development skills.They must have worked for a publication before, which can include on-campus publications.
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience in current publishing and business software software, especially Microsoft Office products.
Must be curious, possess initiative, and be a self starter.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize workload.
Must be able to manage multiple projects and strict deadlines
Interests in Home, Food, Family, Crafts, Gardening, Lifestyle, Decorating.
Familiarity with Internet; HTML beneficial.
Employment Status: Temporary

Intern Happy Hour! Thursday, June 28, 6PM

Current, former, and future interns and sympathizers – JOIN US FOR A DRINK!

$2 beers? 2-for-1 well drinks? Yes please!

On Thursday, June 28, 6-8PM we will meet at Double Down Saloon (14 Avenue A, at Houston) to chat about unpaid internships over appropriately affordable drinks.
Come swap stories about past and present internships, learn about intern rights in the workplace, and what we can each do to make the internship a better (and legal) experience in the long run.

Drop by if any of the following applies to you:
Are you an intern now? Were you ever an intern? Do you work with interns? Would you like to learn more about the rights of interns? Do you want to meet people who have come together to learn about legal internships?
…in other words, you’re all invited!

We’ll see you there!
(Look for us in the back patio, weather permitting)

Intern Labor Rights, OWS Arts & Labor Responds to OWS Letter Responds to OWS Letter
Revises Terms of Service for Postings of Internships
#OWS Arts& Labor Issues New Text for Job Board “Best Practices”

Click for PDF[New York, New York] June 19, 2012 –, the theater industry website, has responded to a call by Occupy Wall Street, Arts & Labor to end’s practice of posting classified ads for unpaid internships at for-profit companies by revising its Terms of Service. On April 19, 2012, declared its plans to “amend its terms of service informing all posters of all jobs of the NYS regulations that apply to internships.” Those changes have now been made and can be read here:

#OWS Arts & Labor welcomes’s decision to amend their Terms of Service. The decision is a step forward in the creation of a new set of “best practices” for the advertising of internship opportunities in the arts on internet job boards like the one hosted by campaign for intern labor rights is international in scope. For example, Arts Council England has adopted an approach on its job board that is clear and prominent. It offers a good model for job boards in the United States to alert users to concerns and best practices regarding unpaid internships.As an example of job board text that would likely be useful to both internship advertisers and seekers, Arts & Labor offers the following:

While an educational internship can provide an extraordinary hands-on learning experience for anyone entering a profession, this experience should not be used to circumvent the Fair Labor Standards Act ( The Department of Labor has published guidelines ( to clarify the legal obligations of organizations or individuals offering an internship program. An unpaid internship at a for-profit institution must be similar to training given in an educational environment; the experience must be for the benefit of the intern; the intern must not displace regular employees; and the employer must derive no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern.

When submitting a post, please ensure that any unpaid position is in compliance with these guidelines. We reserve the right to remove any posting without notice that we feel does not uphold these standards.

#OWS Arts & Labor encourages all internet job boards to post this or similar text in a prominent location adjacent to their postings and to exercise the right to remove any posting that violates a job board’s policies, terms of service or any state or federal laws relating to employment opportunities.

In addition to calling on, #OWS Arts & Labor sent similar email letters about internship advertising to job boards at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Association of American Publishers,, and #OWS Arts & Labor calls on these job boards to inform internship advertisers and seekers of the laws concerning these opportunities and to remove classified advertisements that fail to meet the Department of Labor’s guidelines for unpaid internships.

Intern Labor Rights, a sub-group of #OWS Arts & Labor, aims to raise awareness to the exploitation of unpaid laborers. We are artists and art workers who have experienced firsthand the detrimental effects of the culture of free labor. From our collective experience we know that many internships do not meet the stipulations required by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Business owners and shareholders are thus profiting from the uncompensated labor of others, which is a violation of basic labor rights and contributes to income and wealth disparity. In this era of historic inequality, class divide, skyrocketing student debt and intractable unemployment, we call for an end to this opportunistic and exploitative practice: Pay your interns!

We all know how to answer phones and run errands

This internship requires knowledge of art history, yet in the description of responsibilities there is no mention of art, artists, or exhibitions. What this gallery needs is an administrative assistant, not an intern.  We all know how to answer the phone and run errands. An internship is an educational experience.

LIO MALCA gallery
(New York NY)
LIO MALCA gallery is currently seeking for full time or part-time interns, preferably students in Art History and Arts Administration programs with great writing and research skills.

Responsibilities will include but will not be limited to assisting with:

• General and daily errands
• Keeping the gallery clean and organized
• Ordering supplies
• Administrative tasks such as answering phones, filing, helping organize and maintaining the gallery’s archive and storage systems.
• Updating devices with archives and available works
• Updating the website
• Light art handling
The ideal candidate should be enterprising and articulate, with the ability to handle whatever task is presented to them with efficiency and poise. Organizational skills, attention to detail, are required as well as strong computer skills.

Email resume and cover letter to:

“The candidate should work well with a team yet display independence to complete projects unsupervised.”

Box Services LLC is a leader in digital retouching and production for fashion photographers, magazines, and artists. It just posted a call for two unpaid interns to assist in the printing and production of prints. Their self-proclaimed clients include some of the leading fashion photographers and magazines in the world.

One of the primary criteria the studio requires of its intern candidates is that s/he  “work well with a team yet display independence to complete projects unsupervised.”  This goes against labor law regulations. As per the Department of Labor: “The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.”

For followers of the WTF?! section…noticing a trend?

Employers – internships are not jobs. If you want an employee – you have to pay!

The exchange of labor is not a one-sided deal.

Box Art Department Internships
Box Services LLC
(New York NY)

The Box Art Department is a fast-paced, engaging and collaborative working environment that includes a wide range of daily responsibilities.  This is a great opportunity for photography students or recent grads interested in learning more about fine-art photography print production.  The Art Department consists of the Exhibitions Department and the Laboratory.

We are seeking one intern for each department for a minimum of 2 days per week.

Box Exhibitions Department Internship:

The Box Exhibitions Department is responsible for the production of fine-art photographic exhibitions and books for a diverse clientele.

The Exhibitions Intern is expected to assist with a variety of daily projects including: logging original art materials into and out of the Art Department; research of fine-art materials for specific projects; general office administration; and various special fine-art projects (book-binding, mounting, maquette construction).

The ideal candidate for the Exhibitions internship is responsible, precise and dependable. The candidate should work well with a team yet display independence to complete projects unsupervised.

Experience with and passion for photography is a must. A fine-art background and proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word is a definite plus.

To apply for the Box Exhibitions Department Internship please send cover letter and resume to:
Please include “Exhibitions Internship” in the subject line when applying.

Box Laboratory Internship:

The Box Laboratory is responsible for the production of archival pigment prints and c-prints for the Exhibitions Department.

The Laboratory Intern is expected to assist with a wide-range of projects such as: printing fine-art photographs using Epson 11880 printers; exhibition print handling (cutting, hanging, and packing prints); RA-4 maintenance and care; photographic reproduction of original artist materials; and various special fine-art projects (book-binding, mounting, maquette construction).

The ideal candidate for the Laboratory internship is responsible, reliable, and detail-oriented.  The candidate should work well with a team and display confidence to complete projects unsupervised.

Experience with and passion for photography is a must. A fine-art background and proficiency with Photoshop CS5 is a definite plus.

To apply for the Box Laboratory Internship please send cover letter and resume to:
Please include “Laboratory Internship” in the subject line when applying.


“Available to run gallery when Directors are out-of-town or at art fairs”

Make up your mind, are you looking for an intern or a gallery assistant?

“Available to run gallery when Directors are out-of-town or at art fairs” – the law stipulates that unpaid interns must not displace regular workers. Henrique Faria Fine Art, can you really not afford to pay someone at least minimum wage while you go make money at an art fair abroad?

Pay Your Interns.

Gallery assistant
Internship unpaid
Henrique Faria Fine Art
(New York NY)

Days/hours: Part-time, Tue-Sat 11 AM -6 PM (flexible)
Location: 35 E. 67th Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10065, 212.517.4609
Start Date:  Immediately
How to Apply:  Email CV and letter of motivation at

Henrique Faria Fine Art, a gallery focused in Latin American artists, seeks a dedicated intern for part – time work

This internship is meant to work under the guidance of the Gallery’s Director in the different tasks involved in the Gallery management and the work with important artists. From organizing aspects of the exhibitions to organization of the collection and the relationship with clients, this internship is meant to offer a deep insight of the Art World.

-Basic secretarial skills, knowledge of PC and Windows
-Spanish language
-Ability to pay close attention to detail, hard working and being punctual
-Personal skills on the phone and with visitors a must
-Organized and presentable in the gallery
-Available to run gallery when Directors are out-of-town or at art fairs
-Background in Latin American Art history preferred
-Willingness to learn general information regarding the gallery’s artists and exhibitions


What happened in your internships? Share your stories and help to raise awareness on the potential exploits of unpaid internship. You may withhold company names and we will post anonymously. Email us at intern.labor.rights(at)gmail(dot)com Help us spread the word! Pay your interns.