Internships - Stevan A. Baron Work Scholar Program

 

Stevan A. Baron, for whom Aperture’s internship program is named, studied with Minor White in 1963, and remained professionally involved with Aperture until he retired from his position as Vice-President of Production in 2003. Over his forty-year tenure, Baron was responsible for the exacting separation and printing standards that define Aperture’s publications. He believed deeply in the importance of education both within and beyond the classroom environment. Working with printers and photographers, he expanded the printing process to achieve on the page the emotional effect the photographer intended. He was an adjunct professor for over ten years, in addition to fostering a passion for photography and publishing for countless Aperture work scholars and colleagues.

Aperture’s Work Scholar Program welcomes individuals to engage in Aperture’s programs and contribute to the editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing of photography’s most significant publications; the development of major traveling exhibitions; educational programs for children and adults; the creation of web content; and all other business operations essential to a non-profit organization.

Interns serve on a part-time volunteer basis for which they receive a stipend of $300 per month, as well as complimentary copies of Aperture magazine. This internship requires a commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Wednesday. The schedule for the three days is 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. We do not offer summer or semester-long internships. Applicants must make their own living arrangements. Current college students as well as recent graduates are encouraged to apply. College credit is available for this program. A part-time (three days per week), six-month time commitment is necessary, with the potential to extend the internship for an additional six months.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are selected based on their interest and motivation in working for Aperture, an ability to contribute significantly to the program, and openness to gaining a meaningful work experience. Experience and interest in photography, publishing, the visual arts, and in fields related to the specific department to which you apply is strongly encouraged. Please see below for instructions on how to apply for the program.

We receive a high volume of applications each term. For that reason, we ask you to follow the guidelines closely to insure that your application will be considered.

    • Please submit your application as a single PDF file (cover letter first, then resume). The file name should be “application_LASTNAME.pdf”

 

    • In the first sentence of your cover letter, please indicate three departments, in order of preference, for which you would like to be considered. A list of departments and position descriptions can be found below. In your letter, please describe your background, skills, and motivations for applying. Lastly, please let us know how you heard about the Work Scholar Program.

 

    • Some departments require additional materials. Please review the below department descriptions for additional materials. Additional materials should be a separate PDF from your application. The file name should be “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”

 

Application Deadlines
Spring term (January-June): October 15
Fall term (July-December): April 1
If you have questions, please view our FAQs or contact us at [email protected].

 

WORK SCHOLAR DEPARTMENTS

Book Publishing & Communications
Design
Editorial (books or magazine)
Magazine Publishing
Production
Special Events & Membership

Book Publishing & Communications

Commitment is part-time (three days per week), one work scholar accepted per term.

This position services two departments at Aperture Foundation: the Book Publishing Department, and the Communications Department. The Editorial Department is split between Aperture magazine and the book program. In this position, you will work directly with the Associate Publisher and Managing Editor to support the editorial department as a whole. You will also be working with the Communications Director to support the marketing aspects of the publishing program. You can expect to learn about the business, management, and marketing side of publishing and what it means to be an art publisher today. This position exists at the intersection of many facets of the publishing process—editorial, production, sales, marketing, and finance. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

A working grasp of the photographic field, excellent grammar and strong communication skills, the ability to multitask and take initiative, a high level of attention to detail and organization, and prior editorial experience will enhance a candidate’s application. Experience using Adobe Photoshop, handling physical artwork and digital files, and some knowledge of HTML preferred. Because of the nature of this position, applicants should have a strong command of the English language. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; some experience with database programs, and e-mail marketing software; excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills; and a genuine passion for the arts

Additional Application Materials

Please submit a one- to two-page sample of written work. The sample should be submitted as a PDF, separate from your application. The file name should be saved as “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”

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Design

Commitment is part-time (three days per week), one work scholar accepted per term.

The Design Work Scholar assists Aperture’s in-house design department with both printed and digital ephemera. Design projects include books, catalogs, ads, exhibitions, signage, posters, website graphics, e-vites, and invitations. Responsibilities include working on layouts, setting and correcting type, communicating with various departments to follow through on projects, and conceptual design on selected projects. Work Scholars attend design meetings with artists and department heads and acquire hands-on experience. They will learn to present ideas and work with clients, and will bring away strong portfolio pieces. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

Expertise with InDesign and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator required (all on Mac). Knowledge of HTML and CSS encouraged but not required. Strong layout and typography skills, creativity, attention to detail, and self-motivation will enhance a candidate’s application.

Additional Application Materials

Please submit a PDF portfolio of eight to ten design projects, no more than 8mb in size. The sample should be submitted as a PDF, separate from your application. The file name should be saved as “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”

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Editorial (books or magazine)

Commitment is part-time (three days per week), three work scholars accepted per term.

The Editorial Work Scholars assist the editors in both the book and the magazine departments. Responsibilities include: picture and text research; contacting museums, galleries, and individuals to request artwork for reproduction; proofreading; compiling copy for catalogs and book jackets; development and publicity support; and registering copyrights. Editorial Work Scholars also have the opportunity to collaborate in managing the first stages of Aperture’s online photography competition, gaining valuable skills in assessing the potential of contemporary photography for publication. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

A working grasp of the photographic field, excellent grammar and communication skills, the ability to multitask and take initiative, a high level of attention to detail and organization, strong communication skills, as well as prior editorial experience will enhance a candidate’s application. Experience using Adobe Photoshop, handling physical artwork and digital files, and some knowledge of HTML preferred. Because of the nature of this position, applicants should have a strong command of the English lanugage.

Additional Application Materials

Please submit a one- to two-page sample of written work. The sample should be submitted as a PDF, separate from your application. The file name should be saved as “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”

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Magazine Publishing

Commitment is part-time (three days per week), one work scholar accepted per term.

The Magazine Publishing Work Scholar will assist with brainstorming, researching, and outreach for various promotional projects; managing Aperture’s digital ad-serving platform; will attend trade shows and art fairs; update monthly sales reports; and gather digital assets for each new issue prior to launch. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

Requirements include proficiency in Microsoft Office, strong phone and people skills, an ability to multitask and take initiative, and an interest in the business side of publishing.

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Production

Commitment is part-time (three days per week), one work scholar accepted per term.

The Production Work Scholar assists the Production Manager in producing Aperture’s books and quarterly magazine. Responsibilities include handling artwork; reviewing project specifications with editorial staff and designers; communicating with suppliers; maintaining department schedules; preparing artwork for print and web use; archiving physical and digital files; trafficking packages; reviewing status of overseas shipments; and preparing manufacturing orders. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and In-Design required. Experience in studio photography and digital printing a plus.

Additional Application Materials

Please submit a PDF portfolio of eight to ten images or a selection of two to three projects (books, zines, or other design related projects). The PDF portfolio should not be more than 8mb in size. The sample should be submitted as a PDF, separate from your application. The file name should be saved as “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”.

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Special Events & Membership

This position is only for the Fall term. Commitment is part-time (three days per week), one work scholar accepted per Fall term. If interested in working in the Development department in the Spring, check out the Elaine Goldman & John Benis Internship position. 

The Special Events and Membership Work Scholar assists the development staff in all aspects of fundraising, including research, data management, preparation of grant proposals, donor cultivation, and direct-mail appeals. Responsibilities include updating and maintaining the donation database, assisting in special events, researching prospective foundations and individuals, and preparing solicitation packages and other fundraising materials. To read more about what you can learn from this position as well as a full description of responsibilities, click here.

Requirements

Advanced experience with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; strong working grasp of database programs such as DonorPerfect or Raiser’s Edge; excellent communication, grammar skills, attention to detail and deadline oriented.

Additional Application Materials

Please submit a one- to two-page sample of written work. The sample should be submitted as a PDF, separate from your application. The file name should be saved as “sample_LASTNAME.pdf”

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