Monthly Archives: September 2012

Report back from NYU Outreach!

Packed with pamphlets and our  increasingly popular “Pay Your Interns” buttons, on September 6th, 2012, the ILR team set out to hit the grounds of the  NYU Kimmel Center, host of their Fall 2012 Job & Internship Fair.  Stationed strategically outside the building, we found ourselves encountering a diverse array of responses towards our efforts. Our goal wasn’t necessarily to stop folks from taking on an unpaid internship, but to simply raise awareness about rights, regulations, and resources related to the issue. And well, being as this was our first-ever outreach event targeted specifically towards students, we were nervous, too.  So…how did people react to our presence?

 “Thanks, but this is the only way to get a real job! There’s no point in your work!”

Caution and irritation. What they forgot was that, according to one of the only known U.S. studies on this matter, unpaid internships lead to fewer job offers than paid internships .

“Yeah, I agree it’s messed up…but what else can we do?”

Helplessness. A majority agreed it was unfair, but just saw no other alternative or way around it. International students seemed to be the most interested, expressing that, other than an on-campus job, this was the only other option they could explore for job prospects (as instructued by the school).

“Sure it’s unfair, but it offers so much opportunity! I’m excited to learn something new!”

Perhaps it offers opportunity, but what kind, and at what expense? Will you be doing coffee errands, or learning how to write policy briefs? Do you live around the area you’re applying to, or will you have to find housing? How *guaranteed* are you to get connections, and a job?  Some students stated that NYU compensates for unpaid internships, and/or receive credit. Wait a minute…

  • If you are getting credit,  you are paying your college for your unpaid internship.
  • If your college is paying for it, they are simply taking the load off employers who do not want to pay you entry-level salary.

It is also very well possible that those who can afford housing and other expenses in an unpaid internship might just possess a class advantage over those who cannot afford such expenses. 

 “YES! I’ve had [or known someone] with a bad experience. How can I get involved?”

Need we say more? =)

Regardless, many people seemed open to share their stories, be they fair attendees, or strangers on the street. We learned a lot from a ton of people, and we can’t wait for our next adventure! If you or anyone you know is heading out to another internship fair in the NYC metropolitan area, please contact us! Or, if you have a story, resources, or similar efforts you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.

“Time requirement: 5 Days a week”

We can’t state this enough, the law stipulates that unpaid interns should not perform the responsibilities of regular employees! A for-profit entity cannot, therefore, demand they work five days a week and ask of the intern to perform tasks such as “copying job folders, sending out invoices, filing, organizing and filling out paperwork, coding cell phone and other bills, maintaining office supplies, running errands.” How is this educational? How is this specific to learning about photo production? Sounds like a junior office manager position to us. Seliger Studio, if you cannot afford to hire someone to do this (even for minimum wage!), you probably should cut back on your operations. Asking that people do this work for free is illegal and immoral.

Archive Intern
Seliger Studio
(New York NY)
Internships available at a photography studio!
We are looking for creatively driven individuals to help at a studio of one of the most respected celebrity portrait photographers.

Currently available are internship opportunities alongside the Archivist and Studio Manager.
Being such coveted positions, we only offer one internship with each department.  We are looking for driven individuals who are willing and able to handle the pressure of working at one of the top studios in the industry.

For the archive internship:
We are looking for someone who is motivated and dedicated to assisting our archivist and post production manager.  You must be extremely organized and meticulous.  Day to day tasks will include managing the magazine collection, organizing the print storage room, keeping an inventory of prints and magazines, running errands and ordering supplies.  Must have a passion for images and be interested in learning about archival methods.

There is also an internship opportunity working alongside our studio manager. The position will allow for the candidates to learn more about the business aspect of a large and successful studio. You will assist the studio manager in many administrative ways such as copying job folders, sending out invoices, filing, organizing and filling out paperwork, coding cell phone and other bills, maintaining office supplies, running errands as well as having the opportunity to be a part of the production and organization of in-studio shoots and be on set.  Time requirement: 5 Days a week, Start date : ASAP

The positions are unpaid, but we do compensate for half of your monthly Metrocard.  We are looking for driven individuals who are willing and able to handle the pressure and fast pace of working at one of the top studios in the industry.

This exhaustive list of “experiential learning” speaks for itself…

“NYTW interns receive a monthly unlimited MetroCard, plus academic credit if applicable. Interns are required to work a minimum of three full days per week, 10am-6pm, with occasional extra hours for assisting with productions and events.
NYTW is committed to providing interns with structured and substantive experiential learning.”

Internships typically last three to nine months, during which interns are assigned to a specific department and staff supervisor. Our internships are geared toward college students and post-graduates interested in learning from theatre professionals, contributing to a vibrant downtown community of artists, and connecting with other like-minded young professionals.

NYTW interns receive a monthly unlimited MetroCard, plus academic credit if applicable. Interns are required to work a minimum of three full days per week, 10am-6pm, with occasional extra hours for assisting with productions and events.

NYTW is committed to providing interns with structured and substantive experiential learning. Interns meet regularly with their departmental supervisors and are occasionally asked to fulfill duties or projects for other departments. This gives interns a taste of multiple aspects of NYTW and its operations, and we encourage interns with varied interests to explore them.

The entire company of NYTW interns gathers every month for a lunchtime or evening mentoring event with an invited guest from the NYTW staff or theatre community to discuss their work and share ideas. Interns have met with artists such as Elizabeth Marvel, Alex Timbers, Leigh Silverman, Michael Greif, Betty Shamieh, Jessica Blank, Donyale Werle, Rinde Eckert, Young Jean Lee, and many others.INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Artistic Internships

Artistic and Casting Interns are required to work on Mondays in the Fall/Spring, due to our Mondays @ 3 reading series.

All Artistic, Casting, Literary and Education Interns are strongly encouraged to attend Artistic staff meetings on Friday mornings.

Artistic
Artistic Interns work closely with the Artistic staff, providing support for all Artistic, Workshop and Education programming. Responsibilities include helping to facilitate our Mondays @ 3 reading series in the Fall and Spring; helping to coordinate and attend meetings and events for our extended community of artists, the Usual Suspects; helping to run casting sessions; helping prepare dramaturgical support materials for our season productions; and to provide general administrative support to the Artistic and Education departments. Summer Artistic interns assist in the coordination of NYTW’s annual summer residency at Dartmouth College, which includes company management activities such as arranging travel and lodging for artists. A strong work ethic and attention to detail, as well as enthusiasm for our various programs, is highly encouraged. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Artistic internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.

Casting
Casting Interns work directly with our Casting Director to help coordinate and run auditions and maintain our casting databases. The casting intern communicates directly with agents, managers, and actors to arrange general auditions, EPAs, summer residency casting and auditions for workshops and season productions. The casting intern assists with making appointments, preparing audition materials and facilitating auditions. Strong communication and organization skills are required. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings along with the other artistic interns and staff members. Previous casting experience is helpful and preferred, though not required. Casting internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.

Literary
Literary Interns, under the supervision of the Literary Associate, read scripts, write reader reports, and, on occasion, correspond with writers regarding individual works. Interns contribute input to the selection of plays for the Mondays @ 3 reading series, and prepare for Larson Lab projects by maintaining communication with Usual Suspects and other artists, and providing support as needed. Literary interns also help prepare dramaturgical support materials for our season productions and participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Candidates who have or are currently pursuing an advanced degree in dramaturgy, playwriting or a related field are preferred for this internship. The literary internship is available September through May.

Education

Education Interns work closely with the Director of Education, helping to facilitate and document Learning Workshop programs, such as in-school residencies, mentoring workshops, student matinees, Mind the Gap Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, and Public Programs such as AfterWords and panel discussions. Education interns also coordinate the application and interview process for incoming interns and fellows, and provide dramaturgical and historical research for student and teacher guides for NYTW productions. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings and provide general administrative support to the Education department. Education Interns interested in teaching often have the opportunity to observe, lead, and assist in workshops taught at our partner schools, as well as participate in the lesson planning process with teaching artists. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects at once, and a passion for working with young people in the arts. Education internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.

Management Internships

Marketing/Special Events
Marketing/Special Events Interns at NYTW are key members of the Marketing team of a cutting-edge off-Broadway theatre. Interns get hands-on experience with all aspects of the Marketing & Communications department, assisting with press relations, opening nights, research, VIP ticket requests, advertising, and social media. Interns help communicate with NYTW members and the public about productions, special offers and programs through mailings and email blasts. They also gain experience with grassroots marketing techniques, including Facebook, Twitter, and web-based video. Marketing interns help plan and execute special events and parties with NYTW’s young patrons group, the 4th Street Bar Association, and maintain NYTW’s press archive of articles, features and reviews. Applicants should have an interest in NYTW’s work and an enthusiasm for marketing and outreach. Experience with social media and technology a plus.

Fund Development
Fund Development Interns at NYTW have the unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fundraising for one of the country’s leading nonprofit theatres by assisting the Development Department with individual, foundation, corporate and government fundraising initiatives. Working within a busy department at the heart of the organization, Development interns interact with every NYTW department and gain significant insight on some of the most important aspects of nonprofit management. Responsibilities include assisting with the coordination of special events such as opening night parties, benefits and receptions for NYTW’s young patrons group the 4th Street Bar Association; understanding donor research; processing gift acknowledgements; updating our fundraising database Raiser’s Edge (used by many nonprofit development offices); learning grant writing and helping with other general administrative support. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, knowledge of Excel, and an interest in fundraising. Completion of coursework in fundraising or development and experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus. Development internship terms run for three to nine months depending on start date; extensions and flexibility are possible.

G
eneral Management Intern
General Management Interns work directly with the Managing Director and General Manager to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of management of one of the country’s leading non-profit theatres. General Management interns will gain relevant experience and immediately applicable skills for a career in producing or arts management, including budgeting, contract administration, human resources, and Box Office and Front of House management. Interns will also learn the ins and outs of communication with all major theatrical unions, and attend meetings with leaders in the field. Interns will assist with company management for each NYTW production, interacting with the cast and creative team to help arrange travel, housing and other needs. Applicants should have strong attention to detail and a desire to learn about theatreical management.

Production Internships

Production Internship terms run for three to six months, depending on start date and production needs; extensions and flexibility are possible.

Production Management
Production Management Interns work closely with the Production Manager, assisting in the daily operations of the extremely active production team at NYTW. The Production Management intern works in an intimate environment with ample opportunities for hands-on learning and contact with top designers, stage managers, and crew members, including access to all production meetings and tech rehearsals. Production Management interns conduct research into all aspects of production, keep track of production and facilities budgets, prepare payroll forms, coordinate trips to the theatre’s prop and scenic storage units, and take on responsibilities of communication and coordination with the numerous daily rentals in our Fourth Street Theatre. Applicants should be extremely well-organized and interested in learning the day-to-day coordination of all scenic, lighting, costume, and sound needs for NYTW productions. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is a plus, and a positive attitude and sense of humor are also strongly encouraged. Production Management internships are geared towards those who are interested in developing management and administration skills.

Technical Direction
Technical Direction Interns assist the Technical Director with carpentry, coordination of builds and strikes, and maintenance of spaces, equipment, and materials. The Technical Direction intern has the unique opportunity to work at the heart of an intimate production team, with ample possibilities for hands-on learning and projects. The Technical Direction intern also has contact and networking opportunities with top designers and theatre professionals. Interns should have schedule flexibility due to the variable production schedule. Strong applicants are self-motivated, have a sense of humor, and a desire to pursue a career in technical direction. Carpentry experience, the ability to lift 50 lbs., and a valid driver’s license are required. Knowledge of VectorWorks is a plus. Technical Direction internships are appropriate for those considering a career in technical direction and are focused specifically on assisting with construction of scenic elements and developing carpentry and technical skills.

Costume Shop
Costume Shop Interns assist the Shop Manager with coordination of builds and strikes, and maintenance of costumes, shop space, equipment, and materials. Costume Shop interns create and maintain NYTW’s database of costume rentals, completing research, and cataloguing costume pieces by fabric type, color, style and period. Costume Shop interns have the unique opportunity to work at the heart of an intimate production team, in a brand-new facility with ample possibilities for hands-on learning and projects. Costume Shop interns also have contact and networking opportunities with a wide range of theater professionals, including top costume designers. Candidates should have computer knowledge, research skills, strong attention to detail, and an interest in learning about costume styles and periods. Basic sewing a plus, but not required. Interns should have schedule flexibility due to variable production needs. Strong applicants are self-motivated, have a sense of humor, and a desire to pursue a career in costume design and/or wardrobe management.

Want to (maybe) get some free tickets to a show? Just work 20-40 hours per week for free!

DeVos Institute Internships are opportunities for hands-on experience in arts management. Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-30 hours per week) unpaid positions.  Interns participate in seminars with Kennedy Center staff and receive complimentary tickets to Kennedy Center performances (subject to availability).

Spring 2013 Kennedy Center Internships

DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

Category: Internship

Description:

DeVos Institute Internships are opportunities for hands-on experience in arts management. Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-30 hours per week) unpaid positions. Interns participate in seminars with Kennedy Center staff and receive complimentary tickets to Kennedy Center performances (subject to availability). Internships are offered in many departments including: Fundraising; Marketing; Education; Programming; IT; Production Management; Institutional Affairs; DeVos Institute of Arts Management; Washington National Opera; and National Symphony Orchestra. Applications are due October 15, 2012. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/internships/.

Job Start Date:

1/22/2013

Job End Date:

4/26/2013

Salary:

N/A

Hello. Andrea Rosen. Hire a receptionist please.

“Duties include front desk maintenance, interacting with the general public, research, errands, and administrative projects…”

Get beyond the lovely talk flattering potential workers and it sounds like this for-profit gallery needs a receptionist not an unpaid intern. This is a job not a training position. Pay your interns please.

Gallery Intern
Andrea Rosen Gallery

(New York NY)

Andrea Rosen Gallery is looking for a highly motivated, idealistic, detail-oriented intern who is eager to learn and can work well both individually and as part of a team. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of a high level Chelsea gallery that represents a wide range of artists and executes a diverse array of exhibitions.  Although not necessary, ideal candidates will complete this internship in conjunction with undergraduate or graduate coursework in programs such as art history, fine arts, or cultural studies.

Duties include front desk maintenance, interacting with the general public, research, errands, and administrative projects such as organizing archival and artist materials and helping maintain gallery contacts. In addition, interns are responsible for specific projects that are based on individual interest and the needs of the gallery.

Salary: Unpaid. Lunch is provided every day.
Commitment: Two days per week, from 10am-6pm through December 2012, with the possibility of extending this opportunity.

You should be looking for a “sexy temp”

Demi Monde is a “new sexy nightlife establishment” in the Financial District.

Last time we checked, these were the reasons a small business engaged a temp agency:

Telephone marketing and email outreach
Helping with event productions
Organizing talent and timelines for events
Office administration – filing paper work

Except a temp wouldn’t be expected to provide their own laptop.

Demi Monde 

Internship Opportunity for an exceptional candidate with strong work ethic and a passion for PR, event planning, and marketing at a nightlife establishment.

We are looking for an intern to assist with day-to-day tasks in our Special Events Department.

Duties are (but not limited too):

Telephone marketing and email outreach
Helping with event productions
Organizing talent and timelines for events
Office administration – filing paper work

Requirements:
Exceptional Communication Skills
Must have own laptop to bring in with them
Tech Savy
Positive Attitude
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
A fashion forward sense

Hours are flexible and there will be many perks!

Unpaid Internship, possible hire.

School credit maybe earned.

PLEASE email resume and a brief cover letter.

Hello. Marian Goodman. Hire an administrative assistant please.

“Responsibilities will range from general administrative tasks to special projects involving artist- and exhibition-related research.  Duties may also include: cataloguing archival and reference materials, assembling press kits, compiling auction results and organizing the gallery’s library of exhibition catalogues and artists’ visuals. … Applicants must be organized and detail-oriented, and should possess a solid background in art history and a working knowledge of contemporary art.  Strong computer skills and knowledge of foreign languages are also preferred.”

Sounds like this for-profit gallery needs an administrative assistant not an unpaid intern. This is a job not a training position. Pay your interns please.

Gallery Intern
Marian Goodman Gallery
(New York NY)

Marian Goodman Gallery is seeking qualified interns to work 2-3 days per week from September through December 2012.

Responsibilities will range from general administrative tasks to special projects involving artist- and exhibition-related research.  Duties may also include: cataloguing archival and reference materials, assembling press kits, compiling auction results and organizing the gallery’s library of exhibition catalogues and artists’ visuals.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with all staff members and will gain exposure to different aspects of the gallery’s business.

Applicants must be organized and detail-oriented, and should possess a solid background in art history and a working knowledge of contemporary art.  Strong computer skills and knowledge of foreign languages are also preferred.

Internships are unpaid but may be used for school credit.  No phone calls please.

 

Come work for free for a “thrifty” publicity company!

…”a small publicity and marketing group that thinks big, THRIFTY, feisty, and far into the future.” Well, there is truth in advertising. Part of their thrifty business plan is to ask you to do proofreading for them and update their website FOR FREE!

Ellen Jacobs Assoicates
(New York NY)
Ellen Jacobs Associates is currently seeking Publicity, Journalism, and Digital Media Interns for Fall 2012.

EJA is a small publicity and marketing group that thinks big, thrifty, feisty, and far into the future. Gifted with intellectual and graphic wit, the EJA staff is a passionate talented team of writers, publicists and artists known to slip under closed doors in an effort to convince the skeptical. Such acrobatic skills reflect our commitment to the arts, their supporters, and our respect for each client’s singular vision. We believe that the originality and intellectual substance of stories are critical to distinguishing and enhancing the reputation of our clients. This belief continues to be borne out in the hundreds of stories that appear on our clients in the print, electronic and digital media each year.

Interns at Ellen Jacobs Associates will be immersed in a creative and supportive work environment, with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the performing arts and publicity on a national and international level.

This is an unpaid internship, though interns will have compensation in the form of performance tickets.

Interns must be available at least 15 hours per week.

Please specify in e-mail subject which internship you are applying for.

1) PUBLICITY INTERN

Responsibilities Include:
-Assistance with digital archiving
-Assistance with gathering client materials (publicity reports and updates, etc)
-Handling press requests
-Assembling press kits
-Answering phone calls / interacting with managers and artists
-Daily monitoring of news services
-Proofreading materials for external communications

Qualifications:
-Highly organizational
-Well developed editing and proofreading skills
-Heavy attention to detail
-Personable and positive attitude
-Proficiency in: Microsoft Office, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
-Knowledge of Photoshop, a plus
-A love for all things New York arts—especially performing arts and dance

Application:
-Please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to eja@ejassociates.org.

2) JOURNALISM INTERN

Responsibilities Include:
-Assistance in researching materials for writing press releases for clients
-Proofreading press releases
-Handling press requests
-Daily monitoring of news services
-Assistance in tailoring social media strategies to client’s unique needs

Qualifications:
-Highly developed writing and editing skills
-Heavy attention to detail
-Personable and positive attitude
-Proficiency in: Microsoft Office, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
-Enthusiasm about all things New York arts—especially the performing arts and dance

Application:
-Please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to eja@ejassociates.org.

3) DIGITAL MEDIA INTERN

Responsibilities Include:
-Assistance in formatting and archiving articles
-Assistance in graphic design
-Assistance with website updates
-Daily monitoring of news services

Qualifications:
-Highly skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator
-Web design skills are a plus, but not necessary
-Heavy attention to detail
-Knowledge of the arts

Interns will receive hands-on experience with Illustrator and Photoshop, and a chance to enhance a portfolio with work executed during the internship.

Interns: Know Your Rights! Outreach at NYU Kimmel Thursday 9/6 11AM-3PM

NYU students: Your Labor is Valuable!

NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development promotes their Fall Job + Internship Fair as “our largest fair of the year,” which “attracts NYU students of various majors interested in part-time and full-time opportunities as well as internships.”

While universities cultivate relationships with employers, offering inexpensive or free labor in exchange for legitimizing overhead-free credits, they neglect to inform their students of their due from the internship: a significant educational experience, and in certain cases, pay. Many students haven’t been exposed to an alternative view of the internship experience, one that takes account of the broader implications of the internship economy into which their school presses them.

Join us outside the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Sq. South, between LaGuardia Place and Thomspon St.) during the hours of the Internship Fair (11AM–3PM). We’ll be talking to anyone who’s curious about the rights of interns and the effects of internships on the workforce. We’ll also be handing out flyers, and distributing our outrageously popular “Pay Your Interns” pins!