Teen Program Intern (Dia Beacon)

Application deadline: June 13, 2021

Summer 2021 internship in Beacon, New York

Dia Beacon seeks a summer Teen Program Intern (Dia Beacon) whose creative, academic, professional, and/or community-based experiences set them up to support young people in Dia Teens in claiming their individual and collective voices. This part-time paid internship provides an undergraduate or graduate student, recent graduate, or emerging professional with the opportunity to engage with youth and young adult programming at Dia Beacon, while developing a deep relationship with the collection and Learning and Engagement department.

Dia Teens is an intensive program that elevates the voices, ideas, and contributions of youth at Dia, while emphasizing collective agency, critical thinking, and choice. With cohorts of high-school-aged youth based in New York City and the Hudson Valley, Dia Teens invites participants to partner with an artist ally to explore contemporary art through the creation of a reciprocal and learner-centered peer community.

The Teen Program Intern (Dia Beacon) provides vital hands-on and administrative support for Dia Teens as a critical member of the program team. Additional opportunities include engaging with family and community-based programs, 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: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm; 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 up to 3 days (approximately 15 hours) per week
  • 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 the Dia Teens summer intensive; responsibilities include, but are not limited to, tracking attendance, organizing and preparing workshop materials, maintaining an organized program space, providing peer mentorship to students, coordinating public transportation for students, 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 youth and young adult programs
  • 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 three times per week over the course of the summer; financial assistance for public transportation is available
  • Interest in contemporary art, working directly with high-school-aged youth, and/or the creation of reciprocal and learner-centered peer communities in nonschool environments
  • Eager to learn and be a part of a creative and collaborative program 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 beaconprogram@diaart.org with “Teen Program Intern (Dia Beacon)” as the subject heading:

  1. Letter addressing your particular interest in working with teens at Dia Beacon in an experimental, collaborative, and experiential program setting, 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 pedagogy, 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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