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Summer 2019 Admin Paid Internship The New School

Summer 2019 Admin Paid Internship - The New School

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to accept applications for its paid programming and admin Intern position for summer 2019. A scholarly research center and public forum on the intersection of art and politics, the center is part of The New School, a university in New York City.

About the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics was established at The New School in 1992—a time of rousing debates about freedom of speech, identity politics, and society's investment in the arts. A pioneer in the field, the center is a nonprofit organization serving a critical mission: to foster and sustain vibrant and diverse communities of artists, scholars, and policy makers who take creative, intellectual, and political risks to bring about positive change. We champion the arts as expressions of the political moments from which they emerge, and consider the intersection between art and politics the space where new forms of civic engagement must be developed. Through public programs and classes, prizes and fellowships, publications and exhibitions that probe some of the pressing issues of our time, we curate and support new roles for the arts and artists in advancing social justice.

About this position

The Programming and Administrative Intern will be involved in all aspects of planning and organizing public programs and development events that support the work of the Vera List Center. The intern will also work with maintaining the Vera List Center archive and database.

Working with the Manager of Programs and Administration, the intern gains relevant practical work experience and professional development opportunities. The intern will learn the ins and outs of running a university-based research center. Due to the Vera List Center’s small staff, interns play a critical role in the administration of Vera List Center’s overall program. This intern will work alongside the Vera List Center Curatorial Intern, who works directly with the Vera List Center’s Curator.


The Programming and Administrative Intern will work alongside VLC staff by providing day-to-day support at the office. This position is multifaceted including both programming and administrative responsibilities, the latter of which includes database development and archival work. Some responsibilities include:

- Creating materials that showcase and review the Vera List Center’s work over the past year, for development and planning purposes.

- Assistance coordinating logistical and technical support for the Fall Freedom of Speech symposium, a 2-day conference which will include artist performances, video installation and panel discussions.

- Assistance in creating long term Vera List Center planning materials such as budgets.

Required skills, knowledge, and abilities

Candidates must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, with a primary focus on contemporary art practices or arts administration. Strong office, administrative, and organizational skills are critical as is the ability to work independently and collaboratively. We are looking for someone who possesses excellent writing and communication skills, and who is comfortable communicating with colleagues at all levels of the team and the larger organization. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with administrative or programming experience.

The Vera List Center strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


The internship requires a commitment of three days per week for 10 weeks, starting in late May/early June 2019. The Vera List Center offers $15/hour.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample no longer than 10 pages, by April 8, 2019, to with the subject Programming and Administrative Internship. No phone calls, please.