Summer Internships

David Zwirner seeks highly motivated interns to join our Summer Internship Program at our New York galleries.

Qualified candidates should be highly organized, motivated, and responsible, with strong communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in gaining experience in the daily operations of a contemporary art gallery.  

The Summer Internship is offered May-September. To ensure that our interns have a well-rounded and educational experience, we ask for a commitment of 3 months, with a minimum of 3 full days per week, depending on department needs. The positions are offered Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-6pm, depending on department schedules, with additional hours for occasional events and openings. Interns should be currently enrolled at the junior or senior undergraduate level or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program.

Please read the specific department descriptions and requirements carefully before applying.

Qualified candidates should have a strong interest in contemporary art and library science.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Oversee organization and proper storage of catalogues in the gallery’s main library, and keep track of all incoming and outgoing catalogues
  • Assist Archivist and Archive & Library Coordinator with organizing all viewing room libraries
  • Assist Archivist to file and maintain gallery's archive materials, and keep inventory and distribute third-party exhibition materials and special objects
  • Assist in digitizing out of print catalogues and ephemera
  • Assist Archive & Library Coordinator with distribution and transport of incoming catalogues

Qualified candidates should have a strong interest in retail and gallery/bookstore relations

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Manage and run the bookstore on Saturdays
  • Maintain the bookshelves at the three gallery front desks, ensuring they are fully stocked and organized
  • Assist in fulfilling web orders and preparing packages for shipment/messenger
  • Maintain organization and inventory of three book storage locations
  • Assist in receiving and accounting for deliveries from the warehouse and vendors, and distributing to galleries and storage locations
  • Assist with and work at any events DZB participates in, including setting up and selling books
  • Assist with occasional editorial projects that arise, including printing and scanning materials, organizing and labeling digital files, creating book dummies, transcribing texts, cutting printed layouts, and image research

Client Development
Qualified candidates should be diligent, extremely organized, and have a strong sense of time management, especially when tasked with several time sensitive projects. Previous experience with data entry, updating records and research, preferably in an arts institution, is strongly recommended. This role involves significant exposure to client information, therefore discretion is essential.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Entering information into the database as well as extracting from the database
  • Updating records and keeping the most accurate up-to date information
  • Must be comfortable and capable of working with large amounts of data
  • Conduct research through print and digital publications and social media outlets

Qualified candidates are required to effectively communicate in person, phone, and email. High attention to detail, excellent writing skills, and superior time management is essential. Knowledge of Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, and Google documents is a plus.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Press monitoring: Assist in monitoring daily media alerts on incoming press for all gallery artists and estates. Format incoming press into a weekly press coverage digest email that is distributed within the gallery globally
  • Press clipping: Scan and format physical and digital press to clip and file in our digital archive. A working knowledge of using a large-scale scanner and image editing software is preferred
  • Press Packages: Create packages of press materials to accompany sales offers and to send to artist's studios
  • Press Archive: Assist in organizing and improving the digital press archive
  • Media Contact Research: Research new and upcoming arts publications for contacts in addition to maintaining our current roster of media contacts
  • Special events: Assist at press previews and press conferences. Responsibilities include assisting on-site at the event itself with check-in for members of the media.

Qualified candidates should be highly personable, focused, and hardworking, with strong research skills, excellent attention to detail, and knowledge of contemporary art or art history. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain experience in all facets of the bookmaking process, with a particular focus on editorial development. 

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Create and organize detailed checklists for catalogues
  • Fact-check texts, captions, and other materials
  • Conduct photo research and photo requests
  • Track image/artwork collection credit lines and photo credits
  • Organize photo materials for release to printer
  • Update editorial/production schedules in project management software
  • Occasionally print and trim materials for book presentations
  • Occasionally assist with day-to-day DZB departmental activities and in pop-up bookstore
  • Occasionally transcribe interview audio files

Exhibitions & Operations 
Qualified candidates should be proficient in Photoshop, Sketchup, and Microsoft Excel. Previous experience building scale models and digital Sketchups is required. Previous experience at a gallery or museum a plus.

 Primary responsibilities include:
  • Build physical scale models from Foamcore, modeling clay, and various miscellaneous materials for gallery and artist exhibitions and projects
  • Create digital architectural models in Sketchup, and other 3D renderings as needed
  • Exhibition-related projects for gallery locations and outside venues, as needed, including digitizing checklists and exhibition plans, and creating post-exhibition packets
  • Organize, edit and upload Condition Reports files in our database and update files with appropriate changes
  • Maintain ongoing department project of digitizing shipping documents
  • Assist with project-base inventory spreadsheets

Qualifications include ability to multitask, high attention to detail, strong communication skills, and a desire to work in a fast paced environment. Knowledge of HootSuite, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel and Google documents is a plus, as is enthusiasm for engaging in a range of media and interdisciplinary projects, from private events to digital marketing.

Primary responsibilities include:
Social Media Support
  • Engage with social media followers on behalf of the gallery, sourcing compelling images for social media use, and drafting social copy as needed
  • If interested in design and/or photography: Help produce content for dynamic Instagram stories including photographing David Zwirner Books for social media use and capturing photo content at on-site events
Operational Support
  • Provide administrative and organizational support for the Marketing department as needed
  • Track and create a filing system for magazines containing David Zwirner and David Zwirner Books advertisements
Event Support
  • Assist on-site with press previews, openings, and special events
  • Research restaurant venues in NYC; keeping up with top new restaurants and determining locations for potential site visits
  • Prepare materials for dinners and special events such as seating tabs, face charts, and seating maps - an opportunity to grow a nuanced understanding of the gallery’s relationships with key art world figures including artists, collectors, curators, critics and institutional contacts

Qualified candidates should be proficient with DSLR cameras and the Adobe Creative Suite. A strong knowledge of Photoshop is required.
Primary responsibilities include:
  • Assist the in-house photographer on photo shoots, including helping to carry equipment and taking light and Pantone readings.
  • Work with the imaging team to organize and maintain digital, and film image filing systems.
  • Print with an Epson 4900 to make specialized sales presentations.

Registration & Production 
Qualified candidates should be diligent, motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and possess a strong interest in gaining experience in gallery operations. A working knowledge of artist materials and media is necessary.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Assist with inventory and updating records
  • Internal exhibition, outside venue and art fair-related preparations including organizing lists and spreadsheets, obtaining estimates for display needs, assisting with budget reconciling 
  • Download and file condition reports and condition images 
  • File and process loan forms and shipping paperwork
  • General departmental meeting planning and administrative support, as needed

Research & Exhibitions 
Qualified candidates for this position should be working toward a graduate degree in art history, or be a recent MA graduate, with strong archival research, writing, and editing skills, as well as curatorial interests. Knowledge of twentieth-century and contemporary art is required.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Assist with maintaining information about gallery artists and estates
  • Library and archival research and provenance documentation
  • Assist with exhibition-related research projects

Qualified candidates should be highly personable, organized, motivated, and responsible, with an interest in gaining experience in the daily operations of a contemporary art gallery.

Primary responsibilities include:
Provide general administrative support to the Sales team, Gallery Assistants, and other departments
  • Assist with upcoming openings, as well as general support during exhibitions
  • Prepare materials for client viewings
  • Maintain pristine appearances at the front desk area and the book display, while keeping exhibition materials stocked and orderly
  • Set up for internal and external meetings and events, as needed
  • Maintain and stock office and pantry supplies

All interns are paid New York State minimum wage. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Absolutely no calls or walk-ins please.

David Zwirner is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 The Gallery is firmly committed to equal employment opportunities in all facets of its operations. The Gallery makes decisions concerning hiring and terms and conditions of employment without regard to any characteristic protected by applicable law.

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