2022-2023 YEAR-LONG INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
2022-2023 YEAR-LONG INTERNSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION
LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. LMCC connects you to a robust network of professional connections and gives you the hands-on experience you need or a curious professional looking to make a career transition, our 20-person staff is ready to share their experience with you.
LMCC’s Internship program offers year-long and summer/winter internship opportunities for interns to gain an in-depth experience at the organization. Interns choose an internship focus to pursue under the guidance of a staff member, while gaining exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office.
During the program, all interns receive a monthly participation honorarium of $250, along with a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up $100 throughout their internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 24 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events. The start/end dates of the program are flexible and should be agreed upon between the intern and their supervisor prior to the start of the internship.
Interviews will be conducted virtually and internships may require a combination of remote and in-person work arrangement depending on evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and safety protocols in place in New York.
Please use the link https://www.tfaforms.com/5004026 to access and apply for the 2022-2023 Year-Long Internship Program Opportunity.
Based on your internship focus, you will be paired with a staff member at LMCC to contribute your knowledge, apply your skills, and deepen your interests and find new ones too.
- Artist Residencies
- Community Initiatives & Grantmaking
- Institutional Giving
- Individual Giving and Special Events
- Marketing & Communications
- Social Media
- Exhibitions and Public Programs
- Non-Profit Administration
Internship Focus Descriptions:
ARTIST RESIDENCIES DEPARTMENT
Artist Residencies Intern: Supports LMCC’s artist residency programs which annually place around 75 individuals and arts groups in our studio residencies throughout Lower Manhattan and in our Arts Center at Governors Island. LMCC’s artist residencies provide work space for professional and creative development to artists working in any discipline.
Primary Responsibilities: Interns will be primarily involved in providing day-to-day administrative support of residency programs and on-site management of studio facilities. Interns additionally support the launching of open-calls for residencies and processing applications for jury review and selection. Interns will have opportunities to interface with resident artists on an ongoing basis while residency programs are in session. Interns are asked to assist in staffing events, which include evening salons, open studios, info sessions and related public presentations.
Ideal candidates are flexible and creative problem-solvers, highly organized, and interested and knowledgeable of contemporary art, literary arts and/or performing arts. We welcome applicants who are practicing artists or interested in working directly with artists. Experience with Excel, Adobe Design Creative Suite, audio/visual equipment and other hands-on technical skills are a plus.
The Artist Residencies internship will be supported by Rethinking Residencies. Preference will be given to high school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores
GRANTS & SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Community Initiatives & Grantmaking Intern: Supports LMCC’s grant programs and professional development workshops for artists and arts organizations, as well as its community arts initiatives. LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants support artistic projects across disciplines with public funding to bring rich artistic experiences to Manhattan audiences. These grants are often one of the first grants an artist or organization receives introducing them to grant funding and helping them leverage additional resources for their projects.
Primary Responsibilities: Interns support LMCC’s Grants & Services team through each step of the grantmaking process with a focus on providing assistance to applicants and grantees including the production of information sessions, grant clinics, a series of fundraising workshops for artists as well as through ongoing phone calls and email assistance. Interns will have opportunities to take part in virtual and in-person multilingual program outreach efforts, the grant application review and juried selection process, our annual grantee celebration and networking event, and reporting and program evaluation.
Ideal candidates have an interest in arts administration and the process by which artists build resources for their projects, are highly organized, with advanced Microsoft Office skills and excellent writing and communication skills. Mandarin Chinese or Spanish language skills preferred. Prior experience with data management is a plus.
Institutional Giving Intern: Ideal for those interested in grant writing, institutional fundraising, and government relations.
Primary Responsibilities: Institutional Giving Interns provide support for LMCC’s Institutional Advancement and Development Assistant. These interns support our staff primarily through conducting research on foundations, corporations, government agencies, and affiliated individuals, for resource development efforts. Interns also assist in preparing narratives and supporting materials for grant applications and reports, and in maintaining institutional prospect and funder records in our database system.
Interns help to maintain our office records; they collect and organize program and event outcome data from internal departments as well as external data collection efforts solicited from members of the public. Ideal candidates are highly organized, able to work independently, and have excellent writing and communication skills.
Individual Giving and Special Events Intern: Ideal for those interested in event management and donor stewardship.
Primary Responsibilities: Events interns provide support for LMCC’s Institutional Advancement department, working closely with the Development Assistant. This intern primarily supports events at the Arts Center on Governors Island through the end of the public season and helps with preparation for our annual gala, The Downtown Dinner.
Interns assist with all aspects of event preparation including staffing schedules, volunteer outreach and coordination, vendor research, invitations, mailings, and tracking RSVPs. Interns will also provide support for the day of the events by helping with set-up, way-finding, check-in, greeting guests, and break-down. Additionally, interns provide support in maintaining event and donor related data in Salesforce and the department’s other administrative systems and other post-event responsibilities such as thank you mailings and acknowledgement letters.
Ideal candidates are highly organized, attentive to detail, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, have an interest in learning Salesforce CRM software, and have an interest in fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. Experience with Excel, Word, a plus.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Marketing & Communications Intern: The ideal candidate is a highly organized, creative self-starter with a background and/or education in arts administration who will be comfortable working on a variety of different projects as needed.
Primary Responsibilities: Working with Marketing & Communications staff on tasks including the creation of e-communications and website management. Assisting in some basic graphic and web design projects, such as flyers, postcards, posters, signage, and presentations. Conducting outreach via e-communications for programs. Other general administrative tasks, such as conducting research on new outreach opportunities and marketing platforms, as directed by the Marketing & Communications staff. Available to work evening and weekend events as needed.
Social Media Intern: Primary responsibilities include, drafting, scheduling, and posting all social media messaging and ads. Drafting and producing analytic reports on social media. Uploading and captioning photos and videos, and filing them appropriately on our server and Media Archive. Liaising with content and promotional partners to feed in their digital and social media programs. General administrative tasks as directed by the Marketing & Communications staff. Available to work evening and weekend events as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The ideal candidate must have strong creative writing, proofing, and editing skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to liaise with external organizations on their digital and social media programs, as well as the capacity to handle multiple tasks and deadlines. Knowledge of Mac computer platforms is essential, and experience using Iconosquare is preferred. Applicants should also have excellent organizational skills, a strong background and interest in performing arts, event planning and implementation, and marketing. Event photography and video editing skills a plus, but not required.
EXHIBITIONS & PUBLIC PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT
The Exhibitions and Public Programs intern: Ideal for those interested in learning how the Arts Center at Governors Island (ACGI) comes to life, covering the areas of exhibition production, curatorial planning, and visitor and community engagement.
Primary Responsibilities: The Exhibitions and Public Programs internship position offers important support for three seasonal art projects which open at ACGI in May 2023. The intern directly assists and learns from the Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager and the Public Programs team, learning how to produce different types of arts projects and prepare the space for the public.
Secondary Responsibilities: This role also directly assists and learn from the Public Engagement Manager in preparing ACGI for the public season. The intern assists in the hiring and on-boarding of front-line staff, preparing related materials and participating in training sessions. The intern will also gain knowledge in theory and practice for engaging audiences in a cultural setting; this includes greeting visitors and speaking with them about ACGI, exhibitions, and programs. The intern will have the opportunity to lead guided tours of the space, gain insight into educational programming, and provide support for special events or public programming such as the annual Take Care series.
Qualifications: This is a hands-on and engaged internship. The ideal candidate is someone eager to learn who has a demonstrated interest in the technical aspects of arts production. They should be highly organized, able to juggle a variety of tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and be comfortable engaging with the public.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT
Non-Profit Administration Intern: Ideal for those interested in office management, human resources, Board relations, non-profit finance, vendor management and IT. Interns have a bird’s-eye view of the organization and contribute to supporting day-to-day office administration as part of the Finance & Operations departments.
Primary responsibilities: Interns will assist Finance & HR Manager with day-to-day administrative tasks, such as scanning documents and uploading in the server, monthly credit card reconciliations, in addition to regular filing and upkeep of contact and Board records. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn more about LMCC’s financial internal controls, budgeting process, gift processing, and support in data entry and manipulation as part of financial document preparation, in advance of our Board meetings. Interns will assist in preparation of administrative and financial materials for these Board meetings. Interns will learn our accounting software, QuickBooks and our institutional database, Salesforce.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates are knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and interested in non-profit finance and administration. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possess excellent time management and organizational skills, and are comfortable representing LMCC to the public and on the phone.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however we strongly recommend applying as early as possible.
Year-long Session (October 2022 – May 2023)*
Priority Application Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022
*Internship start and end dates are flexible
This internship program requires a time commitment of minimum 16 hours per week. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Work arrangements may include in person and remote hours to be determined in consultation with the intern and depending on evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and safety protocols in place in New York.