Editorial Intern (Winter/Spring 2017)
Author Philip Pullman once wrote, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” At Artsy, we wholeheartedly agree.
Within our mission to make art accessible to anyone with an internet connection, we tell the stories around art and artmaking, with the end goal of creating exciting, engaging, and educational content and dialogue around the art world. With that in mind, we are looking for self-motivated individuals to help us achieve this goal. The successful intern will play an integral part in Artsy Editorial’s growth and our goal to produce content that pushes the conversation around art forward.
As Editorial Intern, the majority of your time will be spent fact-checking and conducting research (both image and otherwise) around a variety of article types from longform artist profiles to stories covering the crossover of art and economics, to art historical pieces and news explainers.
Additionally, you will spend a large percentage of time working with our editors to provide all means of support surrounding coverage of upcoming gallery shows, art fairs, institutional exhibitions, and breaking art-world news. You will also play a substantial role in research and outreach around large-scale artist features and other packages, assist the team in formatting and publishing articles, and will attend and contribute at regular editorial meetings and brainstorm sessions. Depending on your experience and writing skill, you may be given the opportunity to contribute, pitch, and write content around fairs, galleries, and evergreen content.
The ideal candidate demonstrates strong time management skills, is meticulously organized, and obsessed with meeting deadlines. Our desired candidate will have a background in journalism, experience working at an arts or culture publication, and/or a background in art history. You are enthusiastic about online publishing, spend most of your time thinking about the possibilities of the written word online, and feel very comfortable undertaking extensive independent research and fact-checking tasks. Additionally, you should have an expressed interest in contemporary art and art history with a strong desire to learn more.
Lastly, you are a strategic thinker, a proactive problem-solver, a confident and thoughtful writer, and a strong collaborator who is excited be part of a dynamic, close-knit editorial team, and you get a thrill out of working in a fast-paced environment.
The Editorial Internship is based at our HQ in downtown Manhattan and is a full-time, paid position. The internship starts immediately and is approximately 6 months in length.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, your CV, and three short art-related writing samples under 500 words each and journalistic in style (please no academic papers!) here.
Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.
Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 400,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.
At Artsy there are no specific work hours or policies, no pointless bureaucracy. We only care that you achieve inspiring results and are a joy to work with. This means you must be highly energetic, enthusiastic, and resourceful—no problem is too big or too small for you to tackle. You will enjoy both responsibility and autonomy in your work.
WORKING AT ARTSY
In addition to our vision of a world where art is as popular as music, Artsy has five core values that will inform your experience at Artsy.
Art x Science: We believe in uniting empathy with logic, emotion with data, and intuition with research in everything we do. Whether in business strategy or design, culture or code, we seek the magic that happens when the often separate worlds of art and science come together.
People are Paramount: We spend extraordinary energy finding the best person for a job—and once found, we give them the trust and autonomy to be CEO of their role. We avoid pointless bureaucracy and prefer to empower people with information rather than limit them with process.
Quality Worthy of Art: We aim to create an experience worthy of all the world’s art and so hold ourselves to the highest standards in all our work. We believe that the best long term quality comes from rapid shipping, iterating, and learning as we go.
Positive Energy: We know positivity and optimism benefit our work, and we harness positive energy as a vehicle towards greater awareness, growth, and collaboration. We believe in cultivating a positive relationship to art as opposed to one based on exclusivity or scarcity.
Openness: We believe in being open with each other and the world—whether in open-sourcing our code, sharing feedback, or building a diverse and inclusive work culture. We believe in bringing our full selves to work and manifesting an open world where everyone has access to art.
Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.