Goals: The goal of the program is to provide artists with the assistance they need to get their art careers on track and provide students or recent graduates with the experience of working one on one with a working artist in order to build upon their experience and knowledge in the field. Interns provide assistance with websites, social media outlets, emails, research for opportunities, gallery and residency applications, organization of files and the studio, prepping work, installs, and working openings or open studios.
What is it?: We started this program based on the inquiries we got from both artists and students over the last few years. Our Artist Assistance Program allowed us to work closely with a select number of artists, but we lacked the capability to take on an infinite number of artists while continuing quality work. As a result, the Intern Placement Program was born. The Intern Placement Program is intended to place interns with artists for up to one semester. Artists are in need of quality interns and students and recent grads are in need of quality experience, but we’ve found that both parties don’t always know how to find one another or are unsure of how to facilitate a rewarding experience for both. We work to find quality interns, interview them, and place them with an artist based on their requirements. As a part of the program, the interns participate in consultation sessions in order to ensure that they complete a successful internship and the artists participate in consultation sessions in order to prepare them for this new chapter of their career. Artists pay a monthly fee to participate and must cover transportation for the intern at $5 per studio day. Interns can receive school credit depending on the college they attend.
How it works: The Intern Placement Program runs on semesters which are typically 3 months long and the hours per week can range anywhere from 8 to 20 hours per week, not exceeding 2 studio days per week. The program begins with a consultation and studio visit with the artist to learn more about what they need in the coming semester. Within 3-4 weeks of that initial meeting, the artist will be presented with a candidate. Interns participate in a consultation session with Elephant Room to better prepare them for working with the artist. Once the internship begins, an Elephant Room representative is available for consults with both the artist and intern via email or phone, two in person consultations, and a focus group with all of the participating interns is held around the 6th week. At the end of the semester, ER will conduct a final evaluation of both the artist and the intern to help prepare them for next steps. The artist may choose to hire on that intern into a paid position, provide a reference for that intern, or choose to participate in the program again in order to work with a new candidate.
Upon completing the program, the intern will have gained valuable work experience and networking connections and the artist will have a more solidified professional foundation for future success in the market.
If you are an artist looking for an intern or a student/recent graduate looking for more experience in the field, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with the program. Space for the artists accepted into the program is limited and very competitive so signing up 3-6 months in advance is recommended.
Elephant Room Gallery, Inc. - 704 S Wabash Ave. - 312-361-0281 - email@example.com