High Line Art Intern
Interning at the Park in the Sky!
Friends of the High Line’s internship program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 13-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
What is High Line Art?
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
What will you be doing?
The implementation and promotion of High Line Art relies on a small, dedicated team interested in redefining the notions of public art. As the High Line Art Intern, you will work as part of a team but will also be asked to work independently to complete curatorial and administrative tasks. You will also interface with the High Line Art Communications Manager and Production Manager on possible related projects, based on interest.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have an opportunity to take paid certification courses, joining professional associations, creating your own long-term projects, and developing your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will report to the Internship Program Manager and the High Line Art Assistant Curator.
- Assist with daily administrative tasks in the Curatorial department
- Conduct curatorial research projects
- Prepare materials for curatorial presentations, both internal and external
- Join Chief Curator and Assistant Curator on studio and gallery visits
- Post and maintain High Line Art’s social media platforms
- Draft and create blog posts
- Update and maintain photo and press archives
- Gather materials, like images and CVs, from artists and their galleries
- Assist with performances
- Assist with occasional special events
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the Arts Administration field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate for FHL’s mission, as well as the people who visit the High Line
- Possess a growth mindset with an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- A passionate and creative individual with an interest in contemporary art, public engagement, and public programming.
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 20 hours a week (opportunity to work up to 37.5)
- Can commit for the entire 13 weeks: September 18th - December 15th
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and FHL’s Green Council, TACC, Teen Event Staff, and Participatory Budgeting Council Alumni
What are you good at?
- Strong spoken communications and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- A sense of humor is always nice!
- Capable of lifting up to 20-25 pounds
- Knowledge and interest in contemporary art and curatorial practices
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