INTERNSHIPS AT THE LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL
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 $100, 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 $150 throughout their internship. All internships are structured at 20 – 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.
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.
Community Initiatives & Grantmaking
Marketing & Communication
Finance & Administrations
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however we strongly recommend applying as early as possible.
Summer Session (May 2020 – August 2020): Priority Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Year-Long Session (September 2020 – May 2021): Priority Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
Internship Focus Descriptions:
COMMUNITY INITIATIVES & GRANTMAKING: Ideal for those interested in arts administration, artist services, community arts programming and community-focused grantmaking in the emerging and grassroots sectors.
Primary responsibilities: Interns support 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. 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 call and email assistance. Interns will have opportunities to take part in 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 or Spanish language skills preferred. Prior experience with data management a plus.
ARTIST RESIDENCIES PROGRAM – Support LMCC’s residency programs, which annually place around 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs.
Primary responsibilities: At any given internship cycle, interns will primarily be involved in providing day-to-day administrative support of residency programs and on-site management of studio facilities. Interns would additionally be involved in the launching of open-calls for residencies and processing applications for panel review. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to interface with resident artists on an ongoing basis while residency programs are in session. All interns will be asked to assist in staffing events, which include weekly evening salons, open studios, info sessions and related public presentations.
Qualifications: 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.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS – Ideal for those interested in exhibition and public programming, curation and project management.
Visual Arts Internship: interns participate in the planning and execution of LMCC’s exhibition and public programming initiatives at the Arts Center at Governors Island.
Responsibilities: In advance of the public season at the Arts Center at Governors Islands, Interns will work mostly in the LMCC offices in Lower Manhattan supporting the research and planning of the upcoming public season, including curatorial research, collation of information, updating planning documents including budgets and schedules, preparing and tracking finance requests, managing the digital filing of documents and assisting with the preparation of contracts. They will also assist in production logistics, and be on hand to help where needed during the installation period. As LMCC’s public season begins, the intern will play an integral role in the day-to-day administrative operations of the Arts Center exhibitions and public programming and will also provide on-site support at special events.
Performance Arts Internship: interns participate in the planning and execution of LMCC’s Public Engagement Initiatives including its Annual Gala, the River To River Festival and production of other performance based work at the Arts Center at Governors Island and elsewhere.
Responsibilities: Interns will work mostly in the office supporting the research and planning of the upcoming public season, including research, updating planning documents including budgets and schedules, preparing and tracking finance requests, and assisting with the preparation of permits and contracts. As LMCC’s public season begins, the intern will play an integral role in the day-to-day administrative operations of the Festival and will also provide on-site support at events – both at indoor and outdoor locations. The internship consists of administrative desk work, on the ground logistical support, as well as attendance at evening or weekend events. The internship provides opportunities to attend internal planning meetings, site visits and interaction with artists.
Qualification: Candidates should have exceptional organizational skills, written and verbal skills, administrative skills, a keen attention to detail, a collaborative spirit, and a friendly, yet professional attitude when representing LMCC through interactions with both audiences and artists.
Arts Center Internship: Ideal for those interested in learning how the Arts Center at Governors Island comes to life covering areas of production, curation, education, visitor and community engagement.
Primary Responsibilities: The Arts Center internship will start with the installation of two exhibitions and a film series. For this portion of the internship, the intern will directly assist and learn from the Curator, the Exhibition Coordinator and the Artists, learning how to produce different exhibitions with diverse needs on site and finalize the space for the public.
They will then move on to learn from and directly assist the Public Engagement and Special Events Manager. Here the intern will assist in the creation staff schedules, on-boarding, training procedures, and day-to-day operations at the Arts Center. 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 the Arts Center, exhibitions, and programs. The intern may also have the opportunity to lead a guided tour of the space, gain insight into educational family programming and provide support for special events or public programming.
Qualifications: This is a hands-on and engaged internship. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in arts production, administration, arts education, hospitality, and/or art history. They should be organized and outgoing, with excellent written and oral communication skills. They should be able to demonstrate strong collaborative and interpersonal skills and be able to juggle a variety of tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Customer service experience and experience working with diverse audiences is a plus.
NOTE: In advance of June, this intern’s schedule can be flexible, From June, a Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm schedule is required.
MARKETING & 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: Preparation and staffing of LMCC cultural and political events including distributing materials, networking and set-up. Conducting research on new marketing products, such as advertising, signage collateral materials and giveaways. Assisting in some basic graphic and web design projects. Communicating with vendors and partners such as designers, printers and venue managers. General administrative tasks as directed by the Marketing & Communications staff.
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. Assisting with production of e-newsletters. Liaising with River To River Festival content and promotional partners to feed in their digital and social media programs. General administrative tasks as directed by the Marketing & Communications staff. Assist with River To River phone line. Available to work evening and weekend events as needed.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, as well as experience of putting together e- newsletters. 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 of using HootSuite scheduling platform is preferred. Applicants should also have excellent organizational skills, a strong background and interest in performing arts, event planning and implementation, and marketing.
Development Intern: Ideal for those interested in grant writing, institutional fundraising, and government relations. Development Interns provide support for LMCC’s Institutional Advancement department, working closely with our Institutional Giving Manager and Development Assistant.
Primary responsibilities: 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. Events interns provide support for LMCC’s Institutional Advancement department, working closely with our Public Engagement & Special Events Manager and Development Assistant. Interns support our staff primarily by working on preparation for our annual gala, The Downtown Dinner and art auction which takes place in the spring.
Primary responsibilities: Interns assist with all aspects of Downtown Dinner event preparation including staffing schedules, volunteer outreach and coordination, vendor research, invitations, mailings, and tracking RSVPs. Interns will also provide support the day of the event 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. In addition to Downtown Dinner related tasks, interns assist with any stakeholder events that may take place, as well as help with the management and implementation of our growing individual giving program.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates are highly organized, attentive to detail, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have an interest in fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. Experience with Excel, Word, and Salesforce (or other CRM databases) is a plus.
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 Executive and Finance & Operations departments.
Primary responsibilities: Interns will assist in regular site check-ups, equipment and resource inventory, 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.