Community Programs Intern (Dia Beacon)

Application deadline: June 13, 2021

Summer 2021 internship in Beacon, New York

Dia Beacon seeks a summer Community Programs Intern (Dia Beacon) whose creative, academic, professional, and/or community-based experiences set them up to support wide-ranging Hudson Valley audiences in exploring and claiming their own creative agency. This part-time paid internship provides an undergraduate or graduate student, recent graduate, or emerging professional with the opportunity to engage with a wide range of program audiences, while developing a deep relationship with the collection and Learning and Engagement department.

Over the course of the summer, the Community Programs Intern (Dia Beacon) will engage with programs such as Saturday Studio, artist-led workshops for Hudson Valley families; an English As a New Language partnership program with the Beacon City School District; and additional off-site programming offered in partnership with local community-based organizations. The intern provides vital hands-on and administrative support for several simultaneous programs as a critical member of the Learning and Engagement team. Additional opportunities include engaging with the Dia Teens summer intensive as well as participating in staff trainings, attending Dia lectures or events, and having exchanges with colleagues in the larger field of arts and museum education.

This paid internship is also available for college credit.

Internship Details

  • Department: Learning and Engagement
  • Duration: July 6–August 20, 2021
  • Schedule: 3 days per week, including select Saturdays; approximately 15 hours per week
  • Stipend: $1,575 plus financial assistance for public transportation to and from Dia Beacon

Responsibilities include:

  • Work on-site at Dia Beacon or at community partner sites in the Hudson Valley 3 days per week (approximately 15 hours), including select Saturdays
  • Articulate and work toward self-identified goals related to academic, community-based, and/or professional interests in collaboration with the Learning and Engagement team
  • Support and contribute intelligence to the production and facilitation of a variety of community-centered programs; responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing sign-in sheets and tracking attendance, organizing and preparing workshop materials, maintaining program calendars and timelines, assisting the artist educators and students during sessions, collecting and organizing program documentation, and participating in planning sessions with administrative staff and artist educators
  • Attend Learning and Engagement staff meetings and conduct research related to current programs and community engagement
  • Additional responsibilities and research opportunities as agreed upon in support of intern’s self-identified goals
  • Participate in ongoing reflection with the Manager of Learning and Engagement throughout the duration of the internship


  • Current undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and emerging creatives and professionals interested in pursuing a career in contemporary art and/or education are encouraged to apply
  • Available to travel to and from Dia Beacon and partnership sites throughout the Hudson Valley three times per week, including select Saturdays, over the course of the summer; financial assistance for public transportation is available
  • Interest in contemporary art, working directly with community-based partners and Hudson Valley students and families, and/or the creation of experiential, learner-centered, and process-driven arts education
  • Desire to learn about experimental teaching and learning approaches in school and community-based environments
  • Eager to be a part of a creative and collaborative team as well as the wider learning community of educators and administrative staff at Dia
  • Creative with strong critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Detail-oriented and thorough with administrative tasks

Applicants may apply for this position by emailing the following materials to with “Community Programs Intern (Dia Beacon)” as the subject heading:

  1. Letter addressing your particular interest in community engagement and working with Hudson Valley students and families, as well as what you hope to gain from and contribute to this experience
  2. Resume, CV, or overview of academic, community-based, or professional experience
  3. Optional: Applicants may also submit up to three supplemental materials relevant to their interest in this internship. Examples include, but are not limited to, artworks or projects that engage with learning, community building, or youth; writings on your interest in teaching, curriculum samples, or creative writing; documentation of meaningful past experiences with peer learning communities; etc.

No phone calls or emails to addresses other than the one specified.

Suggested deadline: June 13, 2021, or until filled

Dia is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with nontraditional learning or career paths and/or applicants whose qualifications differ from those listed above are encouraged to apply.


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