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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 professionals and gives you the hands-on experience you need to advance your career in a variety of non-profit arts settings. Whether you are in college, a recent graduate, or a curious professional looking to make a career transition, our 25-person staff is ready to share their experience with you. LMCC’s Internship program offers a four-month internship in the Fall, a six-month internship in the Winter/Spring, and a special Summer cycle. 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 and have access to $100 for professional development purposes. Interns also receive a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. All internships are for an average of 20 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.

Internship Focuses: Based on your internship focus, you will be paired one-on-one with a staff member at LMCC to contribute your knowledge, apply your skills, and deepen your interests and find new ones too.

  • Artist Residencies
  • Grantmaking Programs
  • Capacity Building & Community Initiatives
  • Public Programs 
  • Festival Administration (Summer cycle-only)
  • Nonprofit Finance / Operations
  • Institutional Giving & Government Relations
  • Events
  • Communications
  • Impact Measurement
  • Design & Media


Application Details

You will be asked to select the cycle you would like to apply to and rank your top three choices of internship focuses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however we strongly recommend applying as early as possible. Candidates who submit before the priority application deadline have a higher chance of securing a spot.


Internship Cycles:

Fall 2017

September 5 – December 22, 2017 (dates flexible)

Priority Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

Winter/Spring 2018

January 2 – June 29, 2018 (dates flexible)

Priority Application Deadline: November 4, 2017

Summer 2018

May 1 – July 31, 2018 (dates flexible)

Priority Application Deadline: March 31, 2018


Internship Focus Descriptions:


ARTIST RESIDENCIES: Ideal for those interested in artist engagement, open call processes, programmatic administration

ARTIST RESIDENCIES Interns support LMCC's residency programs, which annually places around 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs. During the Fall cycle, interns may assist with processing residency applications including data entry, pre-screening and organization of work samples for panel review. Interns also support the implementation of ongoing residency programs by providing day-to-day administrative support, maintaining our various artist spaces with artists’ access, supplies and visitors. Additionally, interns will be asked to assist in staffing at events, which include weekly evening salons, open studios and public presentations. Ideal candidates are flexible and creative problem-solvers, highly organized, and interested and knowledgeable of contemporary art, literary arts and/or the performing arts. Experience with Excel, Adobe Design Creative Suite, audio/visual equipment and other hands-on technical skills are a plus. 



GRANTMAKING PROGRAMS: Ideal for those interested in arts grantmaking in the emerging and grassroots sectors, with a data-driven focus

GRANTMAKING PROGRAMS interns support LMCC’s regrant programs, which provide over $500,000 in public funding to artists and arts groups to bring rich artistic experiences to Manhattan audiences. Interns support LMCC's Grants & Services department in the Fall cycle by assisting with the grant application receipt, review and juried selection process, as well as our annual grantee networking event. In the Spring cycle, interns assist with grantee notification, management, reporting and program evaluation. In the Summer cycle, interns support the program outreach process, including the release of new grant guidelines and a series of information sessions and grant clinics for prospective applicants hosted by local partners in Manhattan. Ideal candidates have an interest in each step of the grantmaking process and are highly organized, with advanced Microsoft Office skills and excellent writing and communication skills. Prior experience with data management, Mandarin or Spanish language skills a plus.



CAPACITY BUILDING & COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: Ideal for those interested in arts administration, artist services, and community arts programming.

CAPACITY BUILDING & COMMUNITY INITIATIVES interns support LMCC’s professional development programs for artists and arts organizations, as well as its community arts initiatives focused on the Lower East Side. Interns assist LMCC's Grants & Services department with the production of workshops and intensives for artists in the areas of business, artistic practice and community engagement –including planning, artist registration and learning materials. Interns also support artist relations, public programming and community-focused planning for LMCC’s work to activate outdoor sites on the East River Waterfront with arts programming as part of a robust community partnership. Ideal candidates are highly-organized, creative self-starters with prior experience in arts administration and are knowledgeable of artist needs and resources. Community organizing or community-focused program experience a plus. 



PUBLIC PROGRAMS: Ideal for those interested in programming, project management and producing live events

PUBLIC PROGRAMS interns participate in the planning and execution of LMCC's Public Engagement Initiatives including its Open Studios series, gallery exhibition, and the annual River To River Festival. LMCC’s public season typically spans from April – September. For the Fall cycle, interns will work in the office supporting the research and planning of the upcoming public season, including artist and project research, submitting and tracking finance requests, assistance with organizing and filing information, and assisting with the preparation of permits and contracts. Interns should be willing to work on-site at events and comfortable with setting up and striking equipment and other materials needed for events. The internship also provides the opportunities to attend internal planning meetings and site visits. Ideal candidates have exceptional organizational skills, prior project management experience, and an interest in producing arts events of varying disciplines and in various non-traditional locations. Ideal candidates should have an outgoing personality and friendly attitude when representing LMCC through interactions with both audiences and artists and the flexibility to adapt to the needs of many different kinds of projects and creative practices.



FESTIVAL ADMINISTRATION (Summer cycle only): Ideal for those interested in creative producing, general management, and festival/event production

FESTIVAL ADMINISTRATION interns play an integral role in the day-to-day administrative operations of the River To River Festival and provide direct support to the Public Programs staff, including the seasonal River To River Production staff. Interns may also provide onsite support at events when necessary. Ideal candidates should be familiar with the different aspects of the production of dance, theater, and music events and be interested in the administrative aspects of producing these live events. Ideal candidates have exceptional organizational skills, strong administrative skills, including Microsoft Excel, interest or experience in project management, and some experience in or familiarity with technical production or stage management. Ideal candidates should also be willing to work outdoors and onsite at select LMCC events. Ideal candidates should have an outgoing personality and friendly attitude when representing LMCC through interactions with both audiences and artists and the flexibility to adapt to the needs of many different kinds of tasks, performances and sites.



NON-PROFIT FINANCE & OPERATIONS: Ideal for those interested in office management, human resources, non-profit finance, vendor management, contracts and IT

NON-PROFIT FINANCE & OPERATIONS interns have a bird's-eye view of the organization and contribute to supporting day-to-day office management, which includes record-keeping, managing office space, tracking payment requests and maintaining physical and digital finance files. Interns gain knowledge in our hiring, on-boarding and off-boarding processes for staff and assist in preparation and setup. Interns learn our accounting software, Quickbooks, and assist in billing, invoicing, monthly petty cash, postage and credit card reconciliations. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn more about LMCC's budgeting process and support in data entry and manipulation as part of financial document preparation. Ideal candidates are knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and interested in nonprofit finance and administration. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possesses good time management and organizational skills, and are comfortable representing LMCC to the public and on the phone.  


INSTITUTIONAL GIVING & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Ideal for those interested in grant writing, institutional fundraising, and government relations.

INSTITUTIONAL GIVING & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS interns conduct research for resource development efforts in foundations, corporations, government agencies, and affiliated individuals as assigned. Interns assist in identifying recommendations for program outcome tracking and evaluation, collecting and organizing program outcome data from internal departments, and assessing donor recognition strategies in the arts and social service sectors. Interns support the Institutional Giving & Government Relations Manager in preparing narratives for grant reports and supporting materials for proposals as well as in creating and updating institutional prospect and funder records in our Salesforce database. Interns provide support in maintaining database records and department’s administrative systems. Ideal candidates are curious and eager to learn, highly organized, a self-starter, possess critical-thinking skills, and have excellent writing and communication skills.

EVENTS: Ideal for those interested in event management.

EVENTS interns provide support for the organization’s public events, including Open Studios and the River To River Festival, as well as invitation-only events, such as the Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast. Interns assist with event preparation including staffing schedules, volunteer outreach, venue and vendor research, invitations mailings, and tracking RSVPs. Interns will also prepare front-of-house materials and provide support events by helping with set-up, way-finding, check-in, greeting guests, and break-down. Additionally, interns provide support in maintaining event-related data in Salesforce and the department’s other administrative systems. Ideal candidates are highly organized, attentive to detail, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and enjoy interfacing with people.


COMMUNICATIONS: Ideal for those interested in public relations, branding, marketing, or social media. COMMUNICATIONS interns assist with writing copy for LMCC's website and social media channels, researching cross-promotion strategies with potential stakeholders, and keeping an easily accessible record of all articles and impressions data including the maintaining of an institutional media log and tracking social media analytics. Interns will also contribute to brainstorming of creative communication solutions per the LMCC brand guidelines. Additionally, interns may assist with basic graphic and web design projects, including the distribution of printed materials, and other outreach campaigns. Ideal candidates are highly organized, creative self-starters with excellent written and verbal skills, and familiar with social media tools. In addition, ideal candidates have an interest in branding, public relations, social media and marketing. Knowledge of the New York City arts sector a plus, but is not required.  


IMPACT MEASUREMENT: Ideal for those interested in data collection and analysis and reporting

IMPACT MEASUREMENT interns assist with collecting data from across the institution and maintain cumulative data about LMCC's activities year to year. Interns help draft summary reports on programs and activities for use in telling LMCC's story to artists, the public resource partners, and content partners we work with. Additionally, interns assist in the implementation of the organization-wide Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Framework that assesses LMCC’s environmental, economic, and social impact. Primary responsibilities include capturing external baseline data for comparison with the established KPIs, and collecting internal data at LMCC events, including conducting onsite surveys, logging and aggregating data, performing analysis, and developing reports. Interns also provide support leading up to and during special events. Ideal candidates are highly organized and self-starters with excellent research and data gathering knowledge. Attention to detail is a must. Writing experience a plus.



DESIGN & MEDIA: Ideal for those interested in web & graphic design, photography, editing, and archiving.

DESIGN & MEDIA interns assist with website content management, which includes adding new pages and posts, uploading digital media, and performing search engine optimization. Interns provide graphic design assistance, helping layout and produce a range of assets from printed floorplans to digital advertisements. They also perform basic image editing and help maintain our institutional media library by archiving photos, audio recordings, and videos. Ideal candidates are highly organized, creative self-starters who will be comfortable pitching in on a variety of different projects as needed.

Ideal candidates for this position will have:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom)
  • Strong attention to detail and elements of design
  • Interest in designing print materials
  • Experience with a CMS, preferably WordPress and understanding of SEO
  • Basic knowledge of HTML
  • Strong knowledge of Mac OS X and Microsoft Office



Please select up to three of the following internship focuses below based on preference. See above for descriptions of the focuses and what types of activities you will be part of.

Contact Information

Cover Letter and Resume


We apologize that we are unable to respond to applications unless a candidate is being considered for an interview. For more information, please visit us on our website. Any questions may be sent to internships@lmcc.net. No phone calls please.

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