Art Internships with BtB


BtB is currently offering internship opportunities to support our dedicated teaching artists. If you’re looking for experience to set you on a rewarding career path in arts, education or the non-profit sector and you share our passion for art education, read application details for Art Interns here. The 2015 Fall position has been filled but we are still taking applications for the Winter and Spring semesters.

For other internships opportunities see our related posts for Development, Social Media and Literacy Programming  interns.


Art Education Internship Application

Location: New York, New York, 10030, United States
Organization: Behind the Book
Area of Focus: Children and Youth, Art, Education and Academia
Last day to apply: Ongoing
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Description: Behind the Book is a literacy non-profit that serves students in low-income NYC public schools. Working with classrooms from K-12, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to urban youth and partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units by bringing the authors of those books into the classroom.

Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their book and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original writing. Art workshops augment our program. Learn more about Behind the Book on our website and our blog and Facebook page.

Behind the Book seeks an Art Education Intern to assist with lesson planning, preparation, and implementation of our art workshops. The Art Education Intern will work closely with the Teaching Artists to support the art portions of our school programs as well as work with the Student Book Coordinator to prepare student art for publication. This is ideal for a student who is interested in art education and/or in teaching art as a career path. This is an unpaid position based in our Harlem office. Candidates can receive academic credit. Commitment is for one semester, 1-2 days per week, hours are flexible.

Art Education Intern responsibilities will include: helping to plan workshops, prepare materials, and assist in classroom art projects ordering and maintaining art supplies logging and scanning student art work for publication in our student books

Qualifications: The intern will be essential in supporting a growing organization, and will gain valuable skills and experience in project management, art education and nonprofit work. We are looking for an outgoing energetic student with a sense of humor. The successful candidate will be someone who is detail-oriented, eager to learn and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as are strong computer skills in Microsoft Office.

A knowledge of art education and a passion for fostering literacy in urban school settings are required. A background in art education, and /or previous teaching experience is a plus.

Opportunity: This internship will afford the right candidate a chance to student teach, under the supervision of our teaching artists.

Application instructions: If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Sara Reynolds at Please indicate “Art Department Intern” in the subject heading of your email. Behind the Book is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Behind the Book,
216 West 135th Street New York, NY 10030
(212) 222-3627