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INTERN AT GALLERY AFERRO

Gallery Aferro offers internships with the unique opportunity to work closely with staff, as well as engage with the larger Newark arts community and learn about the many aspects of working in a nonprofit organization. Because Gallery Aferro is both a presenting and a workspace organization with strong connections to cultural professionals, the internship position can build excellent professional skills/contacts and a breadth of knowledge that extends beyond the work involved.

Interns who are motivated and enthusiastic will particularly benefit from their time at Gallery Aferro, as will those who are interested in gaining marketing, operations, and arts administration experience and pursuing careers in the art world. The fact that Gallery Aferro is an arts institution does not mean we are only going to accept interns from arts majors and who have solely art-aligned interests. We welcome applicants from any major, we hope, however, that applicants make well-informed choices about the kinds of internship and volunteer experiences they believe will benefit them most. This being said, internships at Gallery Aferro may be primarily beneficial to students in Visual Arts majors like Photography, Design, Art History, as well as those pursuing Library Studies or other data management-focused fields.

Applicants are advised that the nature of work at Gallery Aferro is not fixed or solely dependent on the exhibitions we present on a seasonal schedule. Interns should expect a baseline of experience and tasks in their intended area of interest, but also a variety of tasks that come up on a day-to-day basis depending on what projects Gallery Aferro is currently focusing on. In the past project-based tasks included interns preparing physical spaces for large parties, helping frame artwork, editing photos and creating slideshows.

Gallery Aferro is an alternative arts nonprofit organization founded in 2003 and based in Newark, NJ. The gallery currently operates out of a 20,000 sq ft building in downtown Newark, and we offer exhibitions and events featuring local, national and international artists. Gallery Aferro also houses a year-round workspace residency program; a publication line of more than 27 books, magazines, catalogues, and CDs; the Community Book Room, which houses over 2000 books, magazines and journals for visitors to read and engage with; as well as two permanent sound art installations.

Below you’ll find information in all the internships Gallery Aferro is offering for the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2019.

• Dual Studio Practice / Administration Internship

Gallery Aferro is currently offering Dual Studio Practice / Administration Internship positions for the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2019.

Eligibility and Application:

Undergraduate students, Graduate students, recent graduates. To apply, email resumé and cover letter to info@aferro.org with the subject line: Dual Studio Practice / Admin. Intern

Gallery Aferro’s Dual Studio Practice / Administration Internship is an innovative internship program that offers interns the opportunity to work directly with Gallery Aferro staff and partner with an Aferro studio resident for the duration of the internship. During the internship period, participants will spend 1 to 2 days a week working directly with Gallery Aferro staff in assisting with operational tasks and an additional day of the week working to assist one of the gallery’s artist residents in their studio. Participants in this internship program will get hands on experience with artist assisting as well as nonprofit gallery management. Interns will gain valuable career experience across a wide range of media specific skills and processes. The artists in the residency are matched with the interns based on expressed interest in a particular medium or process that the artist is actively engaged in. In the past, interns have assisted with the organizational process leading up to a major exhibition, learned how to create molds and plaster casts, and assisted with organizing and producing a large paper-making workshop.

The Dual Studio Practice / Administration Intern will work alongside gallery staff like the Gallery Manager and Directors to fulfill the internship tasks they are interested in at least 12 hours a week, as well the artist they are assisting once a week.

The responsibilities, requirements and optionals for the Dual Studio Practice / Admin. Internship would be those of whichever internship the intern is interested in pursuing alongside the studio practice work.

Curatorial / Administration Internship

Gallery Aferro is currently looking to fill 2 Curatorial / Administration Internship positions for the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2019.

Eligibility and Application:

Undergraduate students, Graduate students, recent graduates. To apply, email resumé and cover letter to info@aferro.org with the subject line: Curatorial / Admin. Intern

The Curatorial / Admin. Intern will work closely with event organizers, curators, and gallery staff during exhibition installations, as well as help with regular day-to-day proceedings at the gallery. This position has the potential to yield an incredible range of experience to interns who are flexible and able to take advantage of the time in between exhibitions to ask questions and propose working projects.

Because curatorial and exhibition design projects only take place throughout certain scheduled times of the year we advise that interns who apply to the Curatorial / Administration Internship be patient and upfront about what they are interested in getting out of their time at Gallery Aferro so that we may adapt. That being said, the summer and fall are great times of the year to apply for this internship because at least one large multi-week spanning curatorial project will take place, whether it be a fundraiser or exhibition opening.

While working directly with the Gallery Manager and Directors, Curatorial / Administration Interns must be available at least 12 hours a week (two 6 hour days) between Wednesday and Saturday.

Responsibilities:

  • Working alongside curators, gallery staff, and artists to prepare gallery for exhibition or other events.
  • Learning about and creating exhibition material such as wall labels and informational handouts.
  • Sometimes working directly with art and art objects.

Requirements:

  • Learning about and practicing proper art handling
  • Basic working knowledge of Mac computers (or willing to learn)
  • Professional phone and email manners
  • An interest in contemporary art
  • Enthusiasm for working with the public
  • Punctuality and follow-through on projects

Optional:

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Experience with digital photography
  • Flexible schedule in case a learning opportunity surfaces on a day the intern is not usually present

Social Media / Administration Internship

Gallery Aferro is currently looking to fill 2 Social Media / Admin. Internship position for the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2019.

Eligibility and Application:

Undergraduate students, Graduate students, recent graduates. To apply, email resumé and cover letter to info@aferro.org with the subject line: Social Media / Admin. Intern

Social Media Interns will work closely with the Gallery Manager and Gallery Director to develop and promote Gallery Aferro events, resources, and mission through our website, program blogs, newsletter, and social media outlets. The person in this role will also schedule updates and posts before, during, and after events. This internship position is designed to help with the gallery’s promotion and marketing needs during the event-heavy summer and fall seasons.

While working directly with the Gallery Manager, Social Media Interns must be available at least 12 hours a week (two 6 hour days) between Wednesday and Saturday.

Responsibilities:

  • Use post-scheduling tools to promote Gallery Aferro events, exhibitions and announcements on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Use DSLR cameras and photo-editing software or willing to learn about DSLR cameras and photo-editing for optimal online and mobile posting.
  • Create, manage and edit content for our numerous social media outlets, including our website, blogs, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Research into current and topical trends in social media relevant to our programs and mission, such as what are good hashtags to use to increase viewership, etc.

Requirements:

  • Professional phone and email manners
  • Basic working knowledge of Mac computers (or willing to learn)
  • Experience with many forms of social media
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • An interest in contemporary art
  • Enthusiasm for working with the public
  • Punctuality and follow-through on projects

Optional:

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Experience with digital photography

Digital Archiving / Administration Internship

Gallery Aferro is currently looking to fill 1 Digital Archiving / Administration Internship position for the some time in 2019.

Eligibility and Application:

Undergraduate students, Graduate students, recent graduates. To apply, email resumé and cover letter to info@aferro.org with the subject line: Digital Archiving / Admin. Intern.

Internships at Gallery Aferro often present interns with opportunities to learn about and carry out tasks related to the field of application as well as day-to-day tasks regarding arts nonprofit administration. The Digital Archiving / Administration Internship is slightly different. Gallery Aferro is looking to welcome an intern who is specifically interested in or has experience scanning film slides and creating digital files of these images. We have two separate groups of slides and film strips we would like to scan in 2019, the first and most important of which is a selection of slides of artwork from Newark, NJ artist Gladys Barker Grauer, both for digitizing and for potential use in a book cataloguing her life and art. Data management, and metadata entry are important to this project but also huge components of Gallery Aferro’s day-to-day proceedings. Students who have interest in Library Science and other archive-related studies are especially welcome to apply.

The Digital Archiving / Administration Intern must be available at least 12 hours a week (two 6 hour days) between Wednesday and Saturday.

Responsibilities:

  • Working alongside Gallery Director and Registrar to scanning, labeling, and organizing photo slide digital files.
  • Editing photo slide scans to desired effect.
  • Handling and scanning picture slides, and eventually negative film strips.

Requirements:

  • Basic working knowledge of Mac computers (or willing to learn)
  • Basic working knowledge of spreadsheets (or willing to learn)
  • Good file management and labeling practices (or willing to learn)
  • Good writing and communications skills
  • An interest in contemporary art
  • Punctuality and follow-through on projects

Optional (but helpful):

  • Familiarity with digital photography and photo-editing software (like Adobe Photoshop)
  • Professional phone and email manners
  • An interest in e-commerce

Research / Registrar / Administration Internship

Gallery Aferro is currently looking to fill 1 Research / Registrar / Administration Internship position for the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2019.

Eligibility and Application:

Undergraduate students, Graduate students, recent graduates. To apply, email resumé and cover letter to info@aferro.org with the subject line: Research / Registrar / Admin. Intern

The Research/Registrar Intern is a new, slightly experimental position at Gallery Aferro, and this intern will work closely with the Gallery Registrar and Gallery Directors to research and implement solutions to the different challenges of working with and managing an artwork inventory and database. An intern in this position would take on projects like investigating and creating an online store for use in selling artwork, or learning about and implementing cloud-based data storage.

While working directly with the Registrar, Research/Registrar Interns must be available at least 12 hours a week (two 6 hour days) between Wednesday and Saturday.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn about and incorporate knowledge of databases and data entry.
  • Compare and weigh pros and cons of online tools and products when determining best ones to use for the initiative at hand.
  • Some times work directly with artists and art objects.

Requirements:

  • Basic working knowledge of Mac computers (or willing to learn)
  • Basic working knowledge of spreadsheets (or willing to learn)
  • Good writing and communications skills
  • An interest in contemporary art
  • Punctuality and follow-through on projects

Optional (but helpful):

  • Familiarity with digital photography and photo-editing software (like Adobe Photoshop)
  • Familiarity with digital database programs (like FileMaker Pro)
  • Professional phone and email manners
  • An interest in e-commerce

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