Summer Internships at Anderson Ranch

For many years, the Ranch has nurtured talented young artists and allowed them to work among practicing studio artists of renown. More than 150 workshops are offered for artists of all levels and ages, who come here for the opportunity to uncover, develop and stretch their creative spirits in the visual arts. It takes the effort and teamwork of talented interns in artistic, administrative and other departments to provide the high quality learning experience for which the Ranch is known.

General Guidelines

Dates of Internship: Mid-May to beginning of September (some internships may last until mid or late September). Specific arrival and departure dates will be arranged by department.

Work schedule: The timeframe fluctuates by department. A work schedule will be developed between each intern and supervisor. Interns work a minimum of 40 hours per week and will be expected to work more during Ranch summer events. Each intern will receive a period of 24 hours off per week. Some programs require evening responsibilities, such as being a monitor, while others have weekend tasks. All interns help with studio maintenance, set-up and faculty transportation.

Compensation: Housing and meals at the Ranch cafe (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided.

Selection Process: Each department is responsible for hiring their intern(s). The Ranch offers employment to interns that are best qualified and will be most effective in a given area.


With the amount of workshops and participants at the Ranch in the summer, internships are intense and demanding and time is spent in a variety of capacities. The majority of artistic internships focus on assisting faculty and students in the studio with projects, tools and supplies. Additionally, interns are responsible for knowing the weekly schedule, helping with set-up before and after workshops, and cleaning and maintaining the studio space. This includes taking out trash, cleaning bathrooms and other physically demanding tasks. Administrative internships focus on Ranch operations and accommodating participant needs. Versatility is important as workshops change on a weekly basis.

Interns are expected to assist with other responsibilities and Ranch events, as needed, like Lunchtime Auctionettes and ground maintenance. Interns are required to work the day of our National Council Celebration (date TBD), the annual Recognition Dinner and the Annual Art Auction.


Interns are usually practicing artists and are often undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated students from an art program looking to work in an artistic environment of like-minded peers. Friendliness, politeness and interpersonal communication skills are vital to working with Ranch staff, students and workshop instructors. Strong working knowledge of the art materials, tools and techniques in the intern’s assigned department is essential.

Practical Knowledge

Interns stay in shared intern residences, which include a shared bedroom with an attached bath, a shared common space and a fully equipped kitchen. The condos are located within easy walking distance to the Ranch. There is a valley wide transportation system known as RFTA, as well as a free Snowmass Village shuttle that operates a few times per hour. It is helpful to have a bicycle. Having a car may aid with transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley, but parking at the Ranch is designated for students. Interns are not necessarily provided with dedicated studio space and may have limited time to make personal artwork over the summer.