Internships

Lawndale welcomes current students and recent graduates (within 1 year of graduation) to apply for our 6-month internship program. The internship program is designed to allow students an immersive, hands-on experience in the field of arts administration. Interns will work on projects ranging from development to exhibition prep to general office and administration duties.

The internship call is sent out twice a year. To apply, a cover letter and current resume should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Internship Application”.

Undergraduate/Recent Graduates Internship

Lawndale seeks interns to assist the staff with tasks such as assistance with exhibition installation, research and archiving, special events, and daily activities associated with gallery administration. Preference is given to individuals currently enrolled in junior or senior level undergraduate studio art degree programs, and recent graduates – within one year of graduation.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Commit to a 6-month internship and adhere to a set schedule
(4-hour blocks of time, 2-3 times a week)
– Be responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, and comfortable working independently
– Enjoy attending and being present as a representative of Lawndale for events and workshops
(may include night events)
– Possess strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel
– Perform routine office administration tasks
– Perform miscellaneous gallery duties as needed – painting, equipment organization, etc.
– Have reliable access to your own transportation

Physical Requirements
Due to the varied tasks associated with operating an art gallery, the following physical activities may be required: climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing/pulling, and lifting (approx 20lbs).

For more information, and to apply, contact us at [email protected].

Graduate/Curatorial Internship

Lawndale is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

Lawndale seeks a motivated curatorial intern to assist the staff with research and archiving, exhibition planning and implementation, special events, and other daily tasks associated with gallery administration. This internship focuses on the development of Lawndale’s curatorial program to generate exhibitions aligned with the institution’s mission. The internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of arts administration—with a specific emphasis on curatorial training—by gaining first-hand experience working with contemporary artists and our Artist Studio Program participants.

Time commitment: 6-month internship, 4-hour blocks of time, 2-3 times a week (potential for renewal)

Compensation: Paid (course credit optional)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, and comfortable working independently.
  • Possess strong critical writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Be able to take on research tasks and present findings in a professional manner.
  • Enjoy attending and being present as a representative of the institution at Lawndale public programs such as They, Who Sound, our SPEAKEASY series, artist talks, guest lectures, and workshops (may include evenings).
  • Support Assistant Director with research, correspondence, and documentation related to projects
  • Have reliable access to your own transportation.

Physical Requirements:

  • Due to the varied tasks associated with operating an art gallery, the following physical activities may be required: climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing/pulling and lifting (up to 20 lbs).

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in contemporary art, previous research experience, and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office are required. 
  • Consideration will be given to students currently enrolled in MA or PhD programs. While a background in art history is preferred, students in all majors and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references (phone and email) in one PDF to [email protected] with subject line “Curatorial Internship”

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Hear what past interns have to say!

I had a really great experience working at Lawndale. I really enjoyed being a part of an incredibly friendly and talented group of people. Everyone was so eager to help me learn and grow! I can’t even begin to list everything I have learned in these six months but I’m confident the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired will benefit me throughout my career and personal life. It’s been such a unique and memorable experience that I know I could have only had here at Lawndale! – Katherine