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LMCC is an ideal setting to learn in an ‘out-of-the-classroom’ setting. LMCC connects you to a robust network of professional connections 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 young adult looking to make a career transition, our 25-person staff is ready to share their experience with you. LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. Interns learn about and participate in the planning, execution, and reporting processes related to LMCC’s artist empowerment programs and public engagement initiatives, as well as the communication, fundraising, branding and non-profit finance, administrative and operations activities. Interns are paired with a staff member to concentrate on their internship focus, and will gain exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office over a 4-month period. Internships are for approximately 4 months for an average of 20 hours per week, including supporting evening and weekend events. A travel stipend of $125 per month will be provided for the duration of the internship. 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. Our open office plan and frequent collaboration across departments, also makes the perfect environment to gain an understanding of the entire organization.


  • Artist Residencies (not available Summer 2017)
  • Grantmaking Programs
  • Capacity Building & Community Initiatives
  • Public Programs  (not available Summer 2017)
  • Festival Administration (not available Summer 2017)
  • Nonprofit Finance / Operations
  • Institutional Giving & Government Relations
  • Events
  • Communications
  • Impact Measurement
  • Design & Media


Application Details

Please read closely as there are 3 internship cycles and many different internship focuses within LMCC. 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:

Summer 2017

May 1 – August 31, 2017 (dates flexible)

Priority Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

Fall 2017

September 5 – December 22, 2017 (dates flexible)

Priority Application Deadline: July 31, 2017


Internship Focus Descriptions:


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

ARTIST RESIDENCIES Interns assist with processing residency applications including data entry, pre-screening and organization of work samples for panel review. Interns also help maintain our various artist spaces with artists’ access, supplies and visitors. Additionally, interns will be asked to assist in staffing at events, which include weekly salons, open studios and public presentations. Ideal candidates are adept with internet research and knowledgeable of contemporary art and/or the performing arts. Experience with Excel, Adobe CS, 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. All interns attend and observe current grantee projects. 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, 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 – October. Interns should be willing to work on-site at events and comfortable with setting up and striking equipment and other materials needed for events. When not working onsite, interns perform administrative tasks related to the planning and implementation of events, including research, submitting and tracking finance requests, and assisting with the preparation of permits and contracts. 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 are exposed to our accounting software, Quickbooks, and learn about 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 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, 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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