Jobs and Internships

    New York's most adventurous kunsthalle, SculptureCenter is a dynamic platform where staff, board, interns and volunteers work creatively and collaboratively to fulfill our mission of connecting artists and audiences while supporting artistic innovation and independent thought.


    Public Process Education and Program Coordinator:
    SculptureCenter seeks a dynamic and experienced arts educator to lead Public Process, its annual education program for high school students.

    Public Process is a free three-week summer program for 10 to 15 students that explores public art, urban planning, and architecture. In an intensive lineup of field trips, guest lectures, and discussion sessions, students explore the city and engage firsthand with the artists and professionals who shape the cultural and civic life of New York. At the end of the program, students visit artists in their studios to evaluate proposals for a temporary public artwork for Long Island City. Together, they form a panel to select a winning commission to be produced by SculptureCenter the following summer. Past Public Process classes have commissioned public artworks by Alejandro Cesarco, Xaviera Simmons, Mika Tajima, and Matt Keegan (forthcoming).

    The Public Process Educator and Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing an engaging fifteen-day curriculum that provides students with the perspective and tools to meet with artists in their studios and evaluate their proposals in artistic and practical terms. The Educator leads discussion sessions, encourages participation, guides conversations with outside guests, and synthesizes key information presented over the course of the program.

    This position requires full availability during the dates of the summer 2019 program as well as additional hours for coordination, planning, and evaluation in the months before and immediately after.

    This position reports to the Director of Exhibitions and Programs and works collaboratively with SculptureCenter’s staff and interns.

    Dates for the 2019 program are July 8 to 26, 2019. The program meets Monday through Friday, 9am to 2pm at SculptureCenter’s offices in Long Island City and/or at field trip sites around the city. Further information about Public Process is available here.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    - Develop and implement a fifteen-day curriculum for high school students on the history of public art, urban planning, and current cultural issues in New York City
    - Actively engage and lead students through slideshows, talks, discussions, artist studio visits, field trips and site visits
    - Oversee outreach and recruitment of teen applicants throughout the five boroughs and beyond
    - Collaborate with SculptureCenter staff to create promotional and marketing materials
    - Continue building a network of educational partners and speakers
    - Coordinate guest speakers, visitors, tours, and site visits
    - Evaluate applications and correspond with references, parents, and applicants
    - Correspond with participants before, during, and after the program
    - Collaborate with SculptureCenter staff on evaluation materials and future program planning and development

    - Experience working with diverse groups of students from varying cultural backgrounds in multi-age settings
    - Experience working with students with a variety of learning and speaking styles
    - Teaching teenagers and managing out-of-school programs for high schoolers
    - Experience developing and implementing curriculum, particularly in a museum setting
    - Working knowledge and interest in the history of public art; current issues and events in contemporary art and culture; the history of New York City and the United States; city planning, urban design, and architectural history
    - Familiarity with New York City schools and curriculum
    - Experience developing and producing public events and programs
    - Experience speaking and interacting with professionals from a variety of industries and institutions
    - Highly organized
    - Passion for working with teenagers and young adults
    - Ability to multitask, think on your feet, and problem solve in the moment
    - Excellent speaking, writing, technology, and creative skills
    - Bachelor’s Degree in art history, studio art, or a related field

    Physical Demands
    The position requires walking, standing, sitting, and speaking for long periods of time in summer weather.

    This is a freelance position that requires approximately 70 hours between January and June and approximately 110 hours in July when the program is running.

    How to Apply

    Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to


    SculptureCenter is accepting internship applicants for spring 2019. Working with a small staff in an open office environment, SculptureCenter interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. They leave the program with a range of important professional skills for working in the field of contemporary art and hands on experience working in a non-profit art institution. Spring 2019 internships run January through May (start and end dates to be determined in coordination with selected applicants).

    Curatorial Internship:
    The Curatorial Intern works directly with the Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Programs in the organization of SculptureCenter’s exhibitions, programmatic activities, and public events. The Spring 2019 intern will contribute to major group and solo exhibitions opening in January 2019, April 2019, and September 2019. On a day-to-day basis, the Curatorial Intern assists with academic and production research for forthcoming exhibitions, research/coordination of artwork production, planning and outreach for public and educational programs, and daily administrative duties and correspondence.

    Special Events and Development Internship:
    The Special Events and Development intern reports to the Individual Giving and Events Manager, and assists with fundraising initiatives for SculptureCenter's patron program, exhibition opening receptions, annual benefits, and perform administrative duties. Qualified applicants will have professional communication skills, excellent organization and time management abilities, basic familiarity with creative software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and some experience with database systems. Interns should be in their senior year of undergraduate studies, enrolled in or recently completed and MA program, and have an interest in learning arts administration, fundraising, or event production. Previous museum or gallery experience is welcome.

    Operations Internship:
    The Operations intern works directly with the Operations Manager to help coordinate the logistics of Lucky Draw, one of SculptureCenter's annual fundraising events. The Operations Intern will be involved in liaising with donating artists, logging incoming donations, and preparing the web-based preview of donated artwork. Interns will also be asked to assist in artwork collection, documentation, and some art handling. Candidates must have courteous and professional written communication, be highly detail oriented, and able to work independently. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, FileMaker, and photography or documentation experience preferred.

    Marketing and Communications Internship:
    The Marketing and Communications intern works directly with the Communications, Marketing, and Digital Media Manager. Responsibilities include supporting the promotion of the season's exhibitions and events across email, social media, print, and digital campaigns. Interns also have the opportunity to assist with the content management of the SculptureCenter website and work with the limited edition program including preparation for seasonal art fairs.

    Professional Skills and Experience
    Academic background in art history, fine art, or a related field preferred. Ideal candidates will have professional written and oral communication, excellent organization, and online research skills as well as basic familiarity with creative software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Interns should have a strong knowledge of and enthusiasm for contemporary art, enjoy visiting galleries and museums in their free time. Prior museum or gallery experience preferred. Interns provide day-to-day support for museum staff, including administrative duties and correspondence, and assist with event and program staffing. Candidates must be willing to learn new skills quickly, have strong communication and organizational skills.

    Hours and Compensation
    Weeks and hourly scheduling is flexible with an expected commitment of two days per week. Internships are unpaid but school credit may be earned. We regularly host international interns with strong language skills.

    How to Apply

    To apply please send a cover letter specifying your preferred area of interest and any academic requirements for your internship, resume, and two professional references to Applicants for the Curatorial Internship should additionally submit a brief writing sample.

    Public Process High School Internship Program

    For more information about SculptureCenter's free three-week summer intensive program for high school students, visit the Public Process page.