Spring Internships 2020

David Zwirner seeks highly motivated interns to join our Spring 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 Spring Internship is offered January-June. 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.

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 such as below projects:
  • Regularly clean and update the marketing drive to keep consistent file names and folders across all departmental teams
  • Assemble end of show binders post-Exhibition closing
  • 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 duties 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 (LLC)
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 documenting and 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

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 should be interested in all aspects of the publishing process, with demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art and 20th-century art history, and strong archival research, writing, and editing skills. Candidates should also be highly personable, focused, and hardworking, with excellent attention to detail. This role offers the opportunity to gain experience in all facets of the book-making 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
  • Research writers and gather writing samples for upcoming catalogues
  • 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
  • Transcribe texts and  interview audio files

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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