August 15, 2012

The Two Coats of Paint Internship Program

With so many terrific projects underway and so little time, I recently decided to offer several internships for the 2012-13 academic year. Ideal candidates must be serious about art and know their way around some of the most popular online media platforms (Blogger, Wordpress, Twitter, Vimeo, Facebook, Tumblr, and/or Pinterest, etc.). Communications, journalism, art history, graphic design, and studio art majors are all welcome to apply. And rest assured that no filing, data entry, or knowledge of Excel are required.

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Interns may oversee and/or participate in a wide range of creative projects and activities depending on skill and interest. These include:
Books: Research, image preparation, and layout for several artist book projects and zines.
Blog: Image preparation, editing, layout, proofreading, and writing for Two Coats of Paint and An Inverted Curve, a new Connecticut-based art blog that launches sometime this fall.
Video: Develop content for Two Coats TV, a Vimeo channel for painters.
Administrative activities: Handle shipping, edit the newsletter, make Blingee images and GIF animations, help with arrangement for panels and other presentations, fundraising, develop promotional activities and items, grant research, and more. Some studio activities may also make sense if the candidate is an artist.

Skills:
-Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign
-Web 2.0 and social media experience (Blogger or Wordpress, Tumblr, Twitter)

Schedule: Interns will work 1-2 days a week either remotely or in the Bushwick HQ at 117 Grattan Street. We will meet each week (either in person or via Skype) to discuss ongoing projects and future posts. Interns may pitch ideas for their own features, videos, and weekly columns.

Compensation: These are UNPAID positions, but if the candidate is enrolled in a university, college credit may be arranged. Interns will network, build community, and learn an enormous amount about how the art world works.

The future: Our previous intern, Vassar grad Willa Koerner, moved to San Francisco where she currently maintains an art practice and is a PAID member of the social networking team for a major contemporary art museum. Recently she guest blogged for the deYoung/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco during the #MuseumOlympics. For grads with social media skills, the future is bright.

Application Guidelines: To apply, send an email with a letter of interest and a couple of short writing samples to Sharon Butler at twocoatsofpaint@gmail.com. Please indicate which areas of those outlined above are of interest. Links to websites, blogs or other online projects would be great, as well as email contact info for three references.

Timeline: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until positions are filled.

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