Internships at The Kitchen are loosely structured to coordinate applicants' interests, backgrounds and schedules with the needs of our organization. These paid positions offer interns invaluable hands-on work experience within a major international arts organization, freedom to pursue research goals, and free access to all Kitchen performances during the internship period.

Requirements for All Positions

Excellent communication, organizational and office skills are a must. Computer knowledge essential (Microsoft Office). Theater, Dance, Music, Arts Administration, Journalism, Art History, or Production majors preferred but not required. Must be detail-oriented, and capable of working under pressure and on multiple jobs simultaneously. Must have initiative and enthusiasm.

To Apply

To apply for a Curatorial internship or Curatorial fellowship, e-mail resume and letter of interest to:

A letter of interest must include the following: which position you would like to apply for, what you would like to learn from your position, the dates you will be available, and, for approximately how many hours per week you are willing to devote. All application materials should include file names that at the very least begin with the applicant’s last name, for example: “ApplicantLastName_Resume.pdf”
The Kitchen is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Curatorial Fellowship

Eight-month annual fellowship running September through May

This eight-month fellowship at one of New York’s foremost non-profit interdisciplinary arts spaces provides the opportunity to work closely with The Kitchen’s curatorial staff as well as with a wide range of performing and visual artists. Founded in the early 1970s, The Kitchen supports and presents artists at all stages of their career working in the areas of video, dance, music, performance art, visual arts, and literature. This fellowship includes a $7,500 stipend and requires a time commitment of 16 hours per week, beginning in September and ending in May. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

The Kitchen encourages applications from early career arts professionals who have a broad interest in experimental approaches to contemporary art practice across the disciplines. Our upcoming season will be focused on projects that result in performances and exhibitions at both The Kitchen’s Chelsea space and at off-site locations. The Curatorial Fellow works with Kitchen curators on all phases of the exhibition and performance process, including liaising with artists, conducting archival research for projects, and assisting with texts for grant applications and communications. They will also manage and contribute to online programming such as Video Viewing Room and Kitchen Magazine, and assist with public programs. The Curatorial Fellow develops crucial experience interacting with key staff in the production, development, and communications departments at the institution.

While much of the work can be done remotely, we recommend that the Fellow be based in NYC to be able to experience the production of exhibitions and performances in-person as the safety protocols for COVID-19 allow.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

Curatorial & Archive Internship

Eight-month annual internship running September through May

The Curatorial & Archive Intern is a newly formed, year-long position with a 14-24 hour per week commitment. The role will last 8 months at The Kitchen working to support the Curatorial team to assist with the development of current and future programmatic seasons and long-term archive-related efforts. As one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit alternative art centers, The Kitchen remains dedicated to offering emerging and established artists opportunities to create and present new work within, and across, various disciplines. The organization’s avant-garde mission continues to shape experimental creativity and invest in an interwoven community of artists and audiences.

This is a paid, $15/hour position with a hybrid (in-person/remote) working structure. The internship program runs from September through May, with the option to reassess their weekly schedule in January to best align with semester-based schedules or other commitments. Candidates would ideally commit to 2-3 seven-hour days per week, or some equivalent. We recommend that interns be based in the New York City area to be able to experience the full production scope of exhibitions and performances in-person (as COVID-19 safety protocols allow).

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Photo: Robert Ashley, That Morning Thing, 2011. © Paula Court

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