Summer Internships

At this time, we are not accepting applications for internships. Check back for updated information.

Our Dream: To find energetic and dynamic summer interns to join us for an exciting summer of studio time. They will be driven, like us, by a belief that the power of artmaking can change individuals and the world. This hands on learning experience is designed for career-minded undergraduate and graduate students ready to fully immerse themselves in the day-to-day operations of a world-class teaching, learning and art making program. Participants will have a passion for developing practical knowledge of traditional and modern techniques and gain a deeper understanding of the teaching process and practice.

Studio and Teaching Internship: An intense and fast-paced program exposes career-focused artists to a summer of intensive workshop programs, hosted within an active world-renowned art community with a full calendar of lectures, auctions, exhibitions and artist talks. Deepening the experience are informal discussions in the studios and over group meals with professional artists, nationally recognized teaching faculty, students, art collectors, curators, gallerists and art dealers. Interns work hand-in-hand with full-time professional staff, learning about studio facilities, equipment and supply management. Participants will both deepen and broaden their own artistic practice as they observe a rotation of highly experienced and focused faculty leading a rapid succession of intensive one or two-week workshops. Interns actively assist faculty in workshops, understanding diverse approaches to curriculum structure, group teaching, individual mentoring and student development. Successful participants complete the program having learned and analyzed more than a dozen top art faculty in their focus area. Successful interns complete the program with career experience ready to pursue professional teaching or studio manager positions. Interns receive a stipend, room and board.

Dates of Internship: Mid-May to early September (some internships may last through September). Specific arrival and departure dates arranged by department.

Weekly Schedule: Timeframe determined by department. A schedule will be developed between each intern and supervisor. Interns spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in studios and are expected to support Ranch public programs and events that take place outside of normal business hours. Some programs require evening responsibilities, such as studio monitoring, while others have weekend responsibilities. All interns help with studio maintenance, set-up and faculty transportation. Interns are expected to assist other departments and during Ranch events as needed, like Lunchtime Auctionettes and ground maintenance. Interns support our National Council Celebration, the Annual Recognition Dinner and the Annual Art Auction.

Housing, Meals and Local TransportationInterns stay in assigned residences, which include a shared bedroom with an attached bath, a shared common space and a fully equipped kitchen. Parking is available at the housing complex but not at the Ranch campus. Housing is located within walking distance to the Ranch. There is a valley-wide free transportation system that operates a few times per hour. A car is not necessary. It is helpful to have a bicycle.

Art Making: Interns are not necessarily provided personal studio space and/or artmaking time during the internship, as these are secondary to the learning experience. Interns that extend their stay into September have a greater opportunity to apply their learning to their own art making practice.

Selection Process: Each department leads the hiring process for their area of responsibility and considers a variety of factors including specific studio and equipment experience, interpersonal skills, work and academic experience. The Ranch offers employment to interns that are best qualified and will be most effective in each given area. Below are specifics for each studio area.

Ceramic Interns

Contact: Louise Deroualle, lderoualle@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5050

The Ceramic internship is intensive. In order to maintain a high level of quality, workshops are given top priority. Interns are responsible for organizing the class schedule, loading and firing all kilns, mixing glazes, assisting the faculty, working with the students, and cleaning the shop, among other duties. Interns take turns being the studio monitor from 7PM – 9PM each weekday. Kiln loading is frequent, including evenings and weekends. All ceramic interns must stay until August 29, 2020 and at least two will stay until September 30, 2020.

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Photography & New Media Interns

Contact: Esther Nooner, enooner@andersonranch.org, 970/924/5046

Photography & New Media interns actively assist in summer workshops, providing support for faculty and students. Responsibilities include assisting instructors, aiding students, troubleshooting computer and printer problems, organizing and participating in field trips, weekly evening lab monitoring, performing general lab/building maintenance (including weekends) and gathering materials for demonstrations. Interns take turns being the studio monitor from 7PM – 9PM each weekday. Interns should have significant experience and a strong technical understanding of camera gear, digital and film capture, digital workflow using Photoshop, Lightroom and Epson printers. Attention to detail and desire to learn is a must. Experience teaching or assisting in photography or a digital media course is highly desirable. Additional knowledge of Processing or other coding languages, general computer maintenance, the Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, Final Cut Pro and slide and flatbed scanners is also helpful.

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Painting & Printmaking Interns

Contact: Elizabeth Ferrill, lferrill@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5076

Painting and Printmaking Interns assist faculty and students and are expected to be self-motivated and anticipatory of the needs of the studio. During a typical Painting or Printmaking workshop, interns help set up studio equipment, meet with faculty and students for studio orientation and safety rules, show students and faculty where supplies and tools are located and assist faculty in demos and students with new techniques particular to that workshop. Interns take turns being the studio monitor from 7PM – 9PM each weekday. Candidates should have knowledge of painting techniques as well as a significant background in printmaking and workflow of an active community print shop and be detail-oriented. Painting and Printmaking Interns should feel comfortable floating between the painting studios and the print shop.

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Sculpture Interns

Contact: Zakriya Rabani, zrabani@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5077

The Sculpture Interns are an integral part of workshops and contribute to the functionality of the sculpture space. Interns are responsible for organizing the class schedule, assisting faculty, shop maintenance and upkeep, as well as working one-on-one with students to help them realize their artistic dreams.  Interns will be expected to monitor the studios after hours, schedules for this are to be determined. This internship requires a background in or true willingness to learn a variety of sculpture techniques and a readiness to use equipment for welding, wood fabrication, bronze casting, plaster and mixed media construction. Experience with computer technology, software, video projection, sensors and kinetics is suggested. Interns should be prepared to handle safety incidents, be able to prevent hazardous or problematic scenarios and above all help the students and faculty flow safely through the sculpture space and workshops.

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Woodworking & Furniture Interns

Contact: Leah Aegerter, laegerter@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5086

The Woodworking and Furniture interns set up the studios for workshops, prepare materials, clean and maintain the shop and assist faculty and students, among other duties. Interns are expected to be self-motivated and anticipatory of the needs of the students and the faculty, with strong people skills. A high regard for safety is essential. Interns take turns being the studio monitor from 7PM – 9PM each weekday, as well as some weekends. The interns should have significant background in woodworking, including knowledge of basic joinery and the safe operation of woodworking machines. Familiarity with other materials (metal, paint, mixed media construction) and computer technology is also helpful.

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Children’s Program Interns

Contact: Andrea Wallace, awallace@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5073

The Children’s Program interns must be flexible, patient, energetic and able to accommodate the changing needs of students ages 4-15. Intern responsibilities include assisting faculty, aiding students, organizing and preparing materials and maintaining studio space and supplies during summer workshops. The supervision and safety of young children is a primary expectation that includes the use of materials, snack breaks, lunch times and time before and after workshops. Having a broad knowledge of art materials and techniques is valuable. Having experience or a strong interest in working with children is essential.

NEW this year, the children’s program needs an intern to assist with the TechShops who is familiar with a variety of digital media. This intern should have basic knowledge of digital photography, video, animation, 3-D printing, and robotics. Basic proficiency with coding, Arduino, Tinkercad and Rhino is valuable but not necessary. In addition, children’s interns will provide support in turn-over of adult studios.

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Digital Fabrication Intern

Contact: Leah Aegerter, laegerter@andersonranch.org, 970/924-5086

The Digital Fabrication intern provides technical support for students from all disciplines during summer workshops. Their responsibilities include assisting students, faculty, and Visiting Artists with output and troubleshooting of their projects. Interns take turns being the studio monitor from 7PM – 9PM each weekday. Additionally, they are responsible for helping to maintain, service and run all equipment in Anderson Ranch’s Digital Fabrication Lab. Proficiency with CAD software such as Rhinoceros or Fusion 360, as well as Adobe Suite is highly desirable. The Digital Fabrication Lab includes FDM and SLA 3D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and 4-axis CNC routers. Experience with these types of machines is preferable but not required.

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