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We are currently recruiting for two spring internship positions. Please see the descriptions below along with instructions on how to apply. Internships are open to candidates 18 years or older.

Development Intern

Free Arts NYC strives to level the playing field by providing high-quality arts and mentorship programs to youth who do not have access to them. It is one of the only NYC youth-serving organizations that combines 1:1 mentoring and intensive art programming. We partner with public schools, community centers and homeless shelters in underserved communities Our goal is to empower youth and build their self-esteem, confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills through art and mentoring programs. Through workshops with contemporary artists and exposure to cultural institutions throughout NYC, our youth learn the skills necessary to succeed in academic, professional, and daily-life situations. 

We partner with over 50 companies including Calvin Klein, Getty Images, and HBO to provide 100+ unique employee engagement opportunities throughout the year. Additionally, we work with many contemporary artists such as KAWS, Sam Moyer, and Lawrence Weiner to host studio visits, workshops, and special events. This spring, we will host our 21st Annual Art Auction honoring an esteemed artist and longstanding sponsor. The Development Intern will have the opportunity to work closely on the planning and execution of this event.

Development Internship

The Development Intern will work closely with the Corporate Development Manager and Development & Communications Manager to research and liaise with potential and existing corporate sponsors, assist with social media content creation and marketing communications, and contribute to ongoing Salesforce database improvements. This is a terrific opportunity for a student interested in corporate social responsibility, nonprofit fundraising, and marketing and will provide an understanding of how a nonprofit identifies, cultivates, and partners with corporate and individual donors. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Corporate Sponsor Research (leads; outreach to sponsors about volunteer paid time off and matching contributions policies;  dropped sponsors, cold leads from past events; organizations that connect NYC corporations to nonprofits and make sure they have up to date information of Free Arts).
  • Salesforce Data Support (including: clean up corporate sponsor data, ensure that all Salesforce Accounts have main contacts listed, addresses, and follow up tasks/next steps; link all FAD Sponsors to their appropriate Accounts; assist with volunteer and children’s surveys data entry and analysis).
  • Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn content creation, scheduling, and execution 
  • Assist in writing press releases, email marketing and other copy
  • Archiving and tracking press coverage and outreach
  • Assist in special event planning and production
  • Responsible for donor acknowledgement letters 

Preferred skills:

  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Willing to do thorough research and dig deep
  • Effective and thoughtful writer 
  • Comfortable talking to corporate and individual donors on the phone and in person
  • Proactive and takes initiative
  • Experience with Salesforce and Mailchimp or the willingness and ability to learn 
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment and shift seamlessly between projects


  • Hours:  M-F, 15-20 hrs/week
  • Dates: Immediate start through May, opportunity to continue

To Apply:

Free Arts Day Intern

Free Arts Days are one time events sponsored by a corporation, group or individual. At the events, we pair elementary-aged youth 1:1 with adult volunteers. Together they engage in a day of art-making and “mini-mentoring.” Free Arts Days give youth the opportunity to explore a variety of art materials with the individual support of a caring adult. We run approximately 80 Free Arts Days each year, serving about 2,000 youth annually.

Free Arts Day Internship

The Free Arts Day intern will join a team of 3 full-time staff on the Free Arts Day team. The intern will assist the staff with aspects of program coordination, including supporting at events, materials prep, and data management.

Responsibilities will include supporting:

  • Curriculum Research and project development 
  • Data entry and reporting.
  • Art supply prep and and packing 
  • Free Arts Day event support as Table Leader and other responsibilities.  Liaison with Free Arts stakeholders, including corporate sponsors, youth, community partners, and volunteers. 

Preferred skills:

  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Youth development experience
  • Comfortable talking to corporate sponsors and community partners.
  • Proactive and takes initiative


Free Arts accepts college, graduate, and non-student applicants over the age of 18. Ability to: be on your feet for 4-6 hours, bend down to pick up objects, and move swiftly around gyms and classrooms throughout events. 


M-F, 15-20 hrs/week


Flexible Dates, January – May

To Apply:

Complete the Internship Application. Email a cover letter and resume to Elisabeth at internships@freeartsnyc.org with the subject line “Application – Free Arts Day Internship.” 



Job Summary 

The Teen Arts Program provides teens with the chance to explore the arts academically and professionally through three interdependent tracks:  Portfolio Development, Creative Lab, and Internship. TAP pairs teens with individual mentors who provide guidance and support in portfolio development,  trips to cultural institutions and artist’s studios, and career readiness training. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a strategic and inspiring leader to build on TAP’s strong foundation and move the Creative Lab and Internship program to the next level.   In 2019/20, the program will be comprised of 60 teens and 60 mentors. Over the course of the school year, teens will learn about the creative industry through company visits and develop 21st-century skills through skill-building workshops to prepare for their internship placement.   The position manages all aspects of the Creative Lab and Internship Program, including training volunteers to be quality mentors , leading the day to day operations of the programs. A key role will be cultivating relationships with multiple stakeholders like company supervisors, community partners, mentors, and teens.   The Teen Arts Program team consists of a Sr. Teen Arts Program Manager, Public Allies Coordinator, P/T Facilitator, and Director of Programs. This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Director of Programs. 



Program Development & Management & Training 

  • Manage Creative Lab & Internship Program through regular check-ins and attendance of 30 teens and 30 volunteers.
  • Work with the Director of Programs and facilitator to design and execute a youth-centered career readiness curriculum with learner outcomes: 
    • Plan and execute all group visits with youth-centered curriculum
    • Facilitate monthly workshops in partnership with host artists/facilitators.
    • Lead and manage two-week company visit intensive for Creative Career Exploration teens (February & April) 
  • Facilitate Youth Development training  
  • Screen and match volunteer mentors 

Community Engagement & Outreach:

  • Co-develop with the TAP team and implement recruitment plans for annual program cycles for both Creative Lab and Internship Program with clear target goals and timelines.  
  • Lead outreach activities designed to recruit teens and volunteers for the Creative Lab Program & Internship.  
  • Regularly engage:
    • Parents to support their teens’ participation 
    • Community Partner high schools to support recruitment
    • Company liaison to support  internship placements and company visits
    • Other Art organizations and resources for TAP youth

Program Administration

  • Manage program budget and Salesforce data.
  • Oversee evaluation surveys, analyze resultant data, and write annual program reports 
  • Document TAP programs via social media, photography, video, etc.
  • Collaborate with Development team on grants, events, newsletters, etc.


  • Fluent/native proficiency in Spanish and English
  • Masters – or equivalent experience – in Art Education, Youth Development, or Job readiness
  • 5+ years of work history that includes two of the following three types of experience:
    • Designing, teaching, and facilitating workforce readiness for youth 
    • Training adults in positive youth development to engage and support teens as mentors
    • Developing  programs that directly engage youth in job coaching, job training, and career counseling
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Teamwork-oriented, flexible ethos, with a track record of successful collaboration
  • Skilled at positive/strengths-based youth development 
  • Strong cultural competency skills
  • Public speaking 
  • Social media fluency (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Reports To: Director of Programs

Hours: Full-time; hours include regular weekends and nights (flex time offered accordingly)

Benefits: Vacation, Personal/Sick Days, Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Professional


Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: ASAP

To apply:  Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter (in word or pdf) including salary requirements and where you learned about the position to: Seema Sabnani, Director of Programs at jobs@freeartsnyc.org, subject line: Last name, first name- “TAP Manager”. Please apply as soon as possible for priority consideration.  No phone calls.

 Free Arts NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome.


Chief of Staff

About Free Arts NYC:

Free Arts NYC empowers underserved youth through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed. Since 1998, Free Arts NYC has strived to level the playing field by providing high-quality arts and mentorship programs to youth who do not have access to them. It is one of the only youth organizations in NYC that combines 1:1 mentoring and intensive art programming. Free Arts NYC partners with public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters throughout the city. Through employee engagement events and intensive mentorship programs, our youth learn the skills necessary to succeed in academic, professional, and daily-life situations.

A staff of 14 (FT and PT) runs programming for over 3,000 youth with a 2 million dollar budget. Funds are raised through corporate engagement opportunities, foundation grants, individual giving campaigns, unique partnerships and an Annual Art Auction honoring major figures in the contemporary art world including: Eddie Martinez, Lawrence Weiner, Rashid Johnson among others. Poised for transformational growth and change Free Arts is looking to streamline operations and diversify funding streams.

About the Position:

The Chief of Staff (COS) will report to and work side by side with the Founder/Executive Director providing a unique learning opportunity to be involved with all aspects of a mid size non-profit arts organization. This position will enable a self-starter and passionate individual to build skills and connections to launch a career in the non-profit or art world in New York City. This newly formed critical position will support the Director in working with and engaging internal and external stakeholders, including staff, businesses, board members, artists and donors. The COS is a strategic, facilitative and administrative role and requires a combination of focus and flexibility from an individual that is highly-resourceful, with strong emotional intelligence, and self-motivation.


  • Works with the ED and Director of Programs to understand, plan for, and successfully implement Free Arts NYC’s strategy and mission
  • Leads and oversees cross-departmental projects, and works to create and strengthen all management communication, systems and processes
  • Develops and executes quick-turnaround projects with minimal outside assistance
  • Manages day-to-day operations of the organization; this would include supporting staff,working with vendors, and managing the office and the calendar

  • Supports the ED in internal and external engagements, and serves as a representative of the ED as needed

  • Prepares materials for meetings with the Board, funders, staff, and other key stakeholders

  • Supports the Finance Manager with annual review and renewal of contracts, manuals, and policies

  • Leads staff and intern onboarding

Skills and Core Competencies

● 4 + years of work

● Excellent oral and written communication skills

● Superior management and supervisory experience

● Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills

● Ability to build consensus, influence, work collaboratively with colleagues and sustain rapport across internal departments

● Excellent problem solving skills with the ability to deliver real life solutions

● Entrepreneurial spirit

● Knowledge of contemporary art world a plus

● Strong presentation and project reporting skills

● Flexible with the ability to shift gears and respond to critical needs with a positive attitude and solution

Reports To: Executive Director

Hours: Full-time, occasional weekend and nights (flex time offered accordingly)

Benefits: Vacation, Personal/Sick Days, Health Insurance, Professional Development

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: As soon as possible

Please address resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Liz Hopfan and send to: liz@freeartsnyc.org Subject Line: Chief of Staff

Free Arts NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome.