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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.