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Employment & Internships 

Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño, 2018.

To apply for a job or internship opportunity at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please follow the instructions for your desired open position listed below. For all general inquiries, email [email protected].

For information regarding applying for an apprenticeship, please visit the pages for High School Apprentice Training and College and Postgraduate Apprentice Training.


Employment

There are no open positions at this time.


Internships

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks students with an interest in Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community. Our interns are college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate/post-graduate students who volunteer their time to gain first-hand experience in the programming and administration of a contemporary art museum and collaborative workshop.

Under the supervision of a staff member, interns assist with regular departmental activities and specific programmatic activities as assigned. Internships typically commence with the start of each semester and run through the end of the semester, however, there is no set deadline for applications. Interns are required to commit 10 hours minimum per week. No stipend is available.

  • Collections Intern: The Registrar works directly with art objects and maintains all artworks at the museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about a central museum management position outside the familiar sphere of art careers. The intern will assist in organizing the museum collection, specifically computer cataloguing and shaping the photo archive. Art history or studio art background is required; basic computer literacy is essential.
  • Development Intern:  Will work with the Development department, which oversees fundraising initiatives for FWM. The Development Intern will supply administrative support on activities including: grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship; cultivating museum membership; and helping to organize and staff events. Excellent writing skills are required. Some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • Education Intern:  Will work with the Education department to assist with school group planning for the academic year; tours for adults, school groups, and family workshops; education program evaluation; and developing, assembling, and distributing educational packets.
  • Exhibitions Intern: Will work most closely with the Exhibitions Manager, who coordinates and oversees all in-house and traveling exhibitions and other special museum projects. Exhibitions Interns will assist in researching and writing text for artist residencies and upcoming exhibitions, compiling in-depth artist histories and biographies for FWM departments and catalogue publication, and various administrative tasks. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience and interest in the field of contemporary art and/or exhibitions is preferred. The position requires the submission of one writing sample (1-2 pages) in addition to FWM’s standard intern application materials.
  • Finance Intern: Will work most closely with the Controller and senior administrative staff who are responsible for overseeing such activities as executing accounts payable & payroll; performing reconciliations; preparing grant reports for Development staff; managing the annual audit; and performing cash projections. Finance Intern duties will include processing weekly bills, copying and filing, compiling data into reports in Excel or Word, and other duties as assigned. Excellent organizational skills are required. An interest in accounting, business, and nonprofit management a plus.
  • Museum Store Intern:  The Museum Store Manager markets a wide selection of unique, artist-designed, functional objects created on-site at the Museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work in a non-profit arts organization, while simultaneously learning about general sales and marketing skills. The intern will work closely with the Manager, with an emphasis on developing an aggressive marketing plan, increasing annual sales, and establishing inventory control procedures. Marketing knowledge or business management knowledge is preferred; computer literacy is essential.
  • Photo/Video Intern:  The Photo/Video Coordinators handle all documentation at FWM, including on-site video and photo documentation of artists’ projects and activities at the Museum. The Coordinators also create and organize a photo and slide archives of projects and handle multi-media equipment for events, lectures, and exhibitions. The Intern will assist with video/photo shoots of artists’ projects in process and finished artworks, organization of photo/slide archives, and also help set up multi-media equipment. Practical knowledge of photography, videography, and computer skills–including Photoshop, Illustrator, and some database programs–is required.
  • Studio Intern:  The FWM Studio staff works with artists-in-residence on research, planning, and execution of artist projects. The Studio intern will have an opportunity to work in a creative and unique environment with experienced art professionals. Candidates should have a strong interest in art, be detail-oriented, work well with their hands, and be self-motivated. Studio internships are offered on an as needed basis.

Internship applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter stating the reason for applying and what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship experience
  • Resume
  • List of relevant coursework

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. EOE. No phone calls, please.