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 Transportation: Interns 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.