Jobs & Internships
Printed Matter is temporarily suspending our internship applications as we develop our reopening plan. Internships are an important part of our organization and we want to make sure we can provide a safe environment for all students participating before continuing the program. We will update this post as soon as we are accepting applications again.
Printed Matter is seeking a NYC-based part-time web designer to assist in the production and execution of Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair website. The position will begin remotely, and depending on Printed Matter’s re-entry plan, may include onsite work at our 231 Eleventh Ave location. This is a temporary & project-based position beginning with a 1-2 days/week schedule in early-mid July 2020. This will increase in the lead-up to the event, up to 4-5 days/week, through the public launch of the site in February 2021. The position is best suited for those already working in various capacities within the field of web design, art, and publishing. We encourage those from marginalized backgrounds to apply.
The candidate will be working closely with Printed Matter’s Fair Team to maintain and troubleshoot the Cargo-hosted website. The candidate will be responsible for creating templates for pages, working with Cargo’s newly launched commerce features, as well as integrating and embedding additional functionalities that may be outside of the Cargo system such as live program feeds, widgets, and possible social/interactive elements. Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair site will exhibit hundreds of exhibitors, including international participants across all time zones. The ideal candidate should be able to think creatively and collaboratively with regards to activating the digital platform for our exhibitors, as well as for public programs, workshops, publication launches, and more.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
-Update current website per the Fair’s specifications
-Update, troubleshoot, and extend the functionality of existing website, applications, plug-ins, and content management systems
-Contribute to the ongoing development of the site by offering recommendations in the areas of design, process improvement, and new technologies
-Correspond with exhibitors, alongside Fair team, for the duration of the Fair to ensure smooth operations
-Test website across browsers, operating systems, and devices
-Debug pages and fix broken links or images
-Monitor and evaluate site performance/analytics
-Experience and knowledge of Cargo platform is a must
-Interest in arts, independent publishing, and design
-Strong troubleshooting and analytical abilities
-Naturally organized and methodical with strong attention to detail
-Excellent communication and teamwork skills
Commensurate with experience
Applications including a cover letter with URL to a portfolio of web design, along with a detailed resume, should be sent to Saredt Franco at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Web Designer” as the subject.
Deadline for applications: July 10, 2020
The Printed Matter internship program offers the opportunity to work in a small but vital arts organization. Interns will gain a familiarity with the field of artists’ publications, as well as get strong hands-on experience in the context of a non-profit arts environment. Interns typically work with the organization 2-4 days a week, depending on availability, and we ask that you commit a minimum of two months. Internships are unpaid, however, a daily stipend will be provided to cover lunch and travel expenses. We are happy to write letters of support, or work with schools to arrange for academic credit.
Printed Matter currently offers four internships: General; Fairs & Editions; Bibliographic; and Development. If you would like to apply for one of the internships described below, please email your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest to email@example.com.
Applications are now open for the Summer Semester!
Summer Internships take place roughly between May and August.
Fall Internships take place between roughly September and December.
Spring / Winter Internships take place roughly between January and April.
Please note: this timeline is flexible and we are able to accommodate schedules as needed.
General interns assist with the daily and ongoing operations of Printed Matter, including non-profit programming activities, in store events, and all aspects of maintaining a busy bookshop. This will include assistance with shelving books and organizing stock, processing review submissions, social media, exhibition preparation and installation, and other tasks. There are also opportunities for writing, administrative assistance, and other projects as they come up. While not all of it is glamorous, the experience offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic non-profit office, retail, and programming/exhibition space, while gaining exposure to a vibrant community of contemporary artists publishing.
General Internship - Overseas
Printed Matter is happy to take on international interns who have an interest in working with the organization. While we are pleased to assist with necessary documents as a host organization, unfortunately we cannot aid with travel or accommodation, and candidates must obtain their own visas.
Fairs & Editions Interns will assist with a wide range of tasks having to do with the planning and production of Printed Matter’s annual NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair, as well as participate in the coordination of artist editions, and help prepare for Printed Matter’s participation in various international art fairs.
The Fairs & Editions intern should be multi-faceted; someone who pays attention to detail and has the ability to accomplish various ongoing tasks simultaneously, even when they involve spreadsheets.
Familiarity with the art world is a plus, as are Indesign/Photoshop/Illustrator-skills. The Fairs & Editions intern should be personable and outgoing, and must be excited about being a part of this growing area within Printed Matter’s operations. This Internship offers an opportunity for experience in event production and non-profit management.
Each year Printed Matter organizes the NY Art Book Fair in the Fall and the LA Art Book Fair in the Winter. We’re looking for passionate people knowledgeable about contemporary artists’ books to assist with preparation in the immediate lead-up to the fair, on-site installation, as well as help throughout the fair itself. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a very brief cover letter expressing your interest.
Bibliographic interns assist in maintaining and developing Printed Matter’s online catalog and inventory system, one of the world’s most comprehensive, publicly accessible databases for those interested in contemporary artists’ publications. Available free to the public through our online Catalog, the site acts as both a record of for-sale material as well as an extensive research tool overviewing the history of publishing activity by artists since the early 1960s.
The core of the Bibliographic Internship is focused on composing accurate, attentively-written synopses of books available at Printed Matter, and candidates must possess exceptional writing abilities, attention to detail, and an understanding of contemporary art and publishing practice.
In support of their application, Bibliographic Interns are asked to please include three short (one to two paragraph) descriptions about a contemporary artists’ book, a publication by an artist, contemporary exhibition, or artwork.