Elaine Goldman and John Benis Internship


The Elaine Goldman and John Benis Paid Internship at Aperture Foundation is intended to provide experience in working for a not-for-profit arts organization for college students from diverse backgrounds who live in or attend school in New York City.

For the Spring term (January–June), the Elaine Goldman and John Benis Diversity intern will work in the Development Department, focusing on special event production. Applicants for this position should be prepared to work an average of three days per week. The selected person will receive an additional cash stipend for a six-month term beginning in January. Applicants might be asked to work evening and weekend hours for occasional special events for additional compensation at an hourly rate. 

In addition to working closely with the Aperture staff, interns attend lunchtime seminars with our department heads; visit major museum collections, auction houses, and archives; and make contacts within the photography community at Aperture events and through meetings with professionals in the field. Aperture Foundation’s Chelsea location offers the unique opportunity to work and gain experience within the worlds of art, publishing, and photography.

This internship has been generously funded by Elaine Goldman and John Benis.

What You Can Expect to Learn

Techniques and strategies used to attain development goals, both on fiscal and mission-driven levels; skills for creating successful development materials, sponsor decks, and acknowledgment letters; knowledge of the art world and philanthropy; special event planning and preparation skills; database and gift processing; and attend weekly Aperture’s departmental meetings.

The Development Department’s goal is to raise funds for the full range of Aperture Foundation’s activities, including but not limited to publications, exhibitions, public programs, collection-related projects, the magazine, and general operating support. The Elaine Goldman and John Benis Intern will help to coordinate and organize all aspects of special events. They will also assist Aperture staff by updating and maintaining the donation database, writing agendas for and attending weekly benefit meetings, taking meeting minutes and following up on action items, preparing correspondence and solicitation packages as well as other fundraising materials, and helping to track and maintain all incoming financial data and information related to the Aperture Gala and Auction.

How to Apply

To be eligible, candidates must be a permanent resident of New York, or a current student of a college or university located in New York. If you have questions, please email us at [email protected].

To apply for the Elaine Goldman and John Benis Internship for New York City Students, students must submit the following materials:

  • Documentation from your college or university confirming that you receive or have received financial aid.
  • A properly formatted cover letter that describes your background, skills, and motivations for applying. Please state why you believe you are qualified to be considered for an Elaine Goldman and John Benis Internship for New York City Students. Last, please let us know how you heard about this internship position. Generic letters/applications will not be accepted.
  • A current resume that lists experience relevant to the position.
  • A three-to-five-page writing sample. The writing sample should be submitted as a separate PDF from your application. The file name should be “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”.
  • Please submit your application (the cover letter, resume, and financial aid documentation) as a single PDF file. The file name should be “application_Goldman_Benis_Internship_LASTNAME.pdf”.

Please submit your application and writing sample via e-mail to [email protected].

The application deadline is October 15.