Arts Administration Internships



Please review Internship descriptions and application guidelines listed below carefully PRIOR to contacting us.

CPW offers individuals of special talent this unique training opportunity. By participating in CPW’s wide-range of activities including working on exhibitions, coordinating events, and collaborating with CPW’s full time staff, interns leave the experience with a broader, deeper understanding of contemporary photography and how they can pursue a career in the arts – whether as a working photographer or as a curator or arts professional. Interns learn business practices and fundraising strategies associated with an artists’ space dedicated to serving contemporary photographers. Final projects include curating a temporary exhibition from CPW’s Permanent Print Collection among other exciting projects!

Arts Administration Interns have contact with working artists in the field, learn to handle and display various types of photographic works, and observe the process of curating exhibitions. Interns learn about not-for-profit grant writing and fundraising practices, and the organizational and administrative skills necessary for the operation of a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

In addition, interns will expand their knowledge of the history of photography through experience with exhibitions of contemporary photographic works. A fully equipped professional digital imaging lab and a black-and-white darkroom, equipment and accessories, and use of our library is available free of charge to interns.


Responsibilities on Site

Arts Administration Interns will assist CPW staff with: organization and production of education programs; organization and production of gallery exhibitions; organization and production of other CPW publications; general administrative operation of the CPW including: membership, artist services, fundraising, public relations, special events, and community outreach.

Interns will work at CPW, three-four days per week, for a three – four month schedule. Outside reading and/or projects may be assigned. Work will be supervised by CPW Director and staff.


Method of Evaluation

CPW staff will be available to assist you in taking the next professional step to advance your career goals, including writing a professional resume, artists statement, and building and presenting a portfolio. A final letter of evaluation may be provided summarizing areas of experience and performance by CPW’s Executive Director.



Candidates are selected on the basis of their interest and experience in photography and the visual arts, their ability to contribute significantly to CPW projects, and their openness to gaining meaningful experience from the program. College credit may be arranged. Opportunities are available year-round.

*Interns must live in or relocate to Woodstock / within the Hudson Valley / Catskill Region for the duration of the internship. Working, reliable transportation is required.

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