Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and 57 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 63. Penland conducts its business with an annual operating budget of $5.7 million. We offer several internships throughout the year. Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.
A Penland internship is unpaid, but offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period. The week before and after summer sessions, Penland’s dining hall is closed. Interns working during this time will receive a $75/week food stipend. Class and studio access is not provided. Housing will be assigned when interns are selected. Typically, interns are housed together with 2-3 other summer interns in a residence hall on Penland's campus.
Penland will work with applicants seeking educational credit for the internship. Details can be discussed in the interview process. All applications are due February 1, 2017. Please see the individual internship descriptions at www.penland.org for full application instructions.
Summer 2017 – Applications due February 1, 2017
The Arts Management/Special Events Intern is an important member of the development team who provides administrative support while learning about the preparation and management of Penland’s Benefit Auction, which is a weekend fundraiser that grosses over $600,000 for the school and is the 3rd largest craft school auction in the U.S. This position allows the intern a high level of responsibility through which he or she will gain valuable knowledge and experience in auction fundraising, planning and executing a multi-day event, event registration, data management, and follow-up procedures. The internship is a 40-hour per week position from mid-May through the end of August. (Start and end dates are negotiable.) The intern reports to the Development Associate for Special Events throughout the internship and assists the Development Operations Manager with registration and check-out closer to and during the event.
The Arts Management/Donor Stewardship Intern is an important member of Penland’s development team and works closely with professional staff to gain practical work experience in fundraising and stewardship strategies that support the school’s mission and programs. He or she will learn about each staff role and gain valuable knowledge and experience in donor cultivation and stewardship, events, prospect research, data management and use of the Raiser’s Edge donor database, a widely used software in non-profits. The development intern reports to the Development Associate for Individual Giving. The internship period is mid-May through mid-September, 40 hours/week. (Start and end dates are negotiable.)
The Community Collaborations/Kids Camp intern will provide intensive support for Kids Camp activities, and plan and implement a hands-on workshop for community youth. The Community Collaboration Kids Camp internship position begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August. The position is full time (approximately 40 hours/week). The intern will work intensively with up to 12 teaching artists over the course of the summer session, experiencing a variety of teaching styles, techniques and approaches to instruction. Kids Camp serves youth ages 3 to 18 in weeklong half and full-day formats. The intern will also have the opportunity to design and implement a class for youth in August in collaboration with a community organization.
The Penland Gallery & Visitors Center Digital Media Intern works with Penland Gallery staff to create content, update, and maintain a wide variety of digital media platforms for the gallery & visitors center. The intern will provide extensive support for our e-commerce site and informational web pages, creating text and photo content, and assisting with generating e-newsletters and social media. The intern will have the opportunity to work with Penland School staff to develop and expand our digital media presence during the launch year of the renovation and expansion of the gallery and its exhibition programming. The digital media intern reports to the Director of the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center. The internship is a full time (40 hour per week) position from mid-May to mid-August.
The Print, Letterpress, Books, and Papermaking Studio Intern provides studio support for classes in these four areas while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school. This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking supplies, and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The internship is a full time (40 hour per week) position from mid-May to mid-September. The Intern reports to the Print, Letterpress, Books, and Papermaking Studio Coordinator.
The Textiles and Drawing/Painting Studio Intern provides studio support while learning about studio management and arts administration at a non-profit craft school. This un-paid position allows the intern to gain valuable knowledge and experience in studio support which includes safety procedures, equipment maintenance, ordering and tracking class supplies and working closely with studio assistants and instructors. The Intern reports to the Textile & Drawing/Painting Studio Coordinator. The internship is a full time (40 hour per week) position from mid-May to mid-September.