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FCA Spring 2024 Internships

About FCA

Founded by artists Jasper Johns and John Cage in 1963, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) mission is to encourage, sponsor, and promote contemporary visual and performance arts. Through a nomination process, individual artists and collectives working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts are awarded unrestricted grants in recognition of their artistic contributions. A fund is also maintained to help artists with unexpected emergencies. Since FCA’s inception, over 7,000 grants to artists and arts organizations—totaling more than $25 million—have provided opportunities for creative exploration and development. FCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and raises funds through contributions from individuals and foundations and the sale of artwork donated by visual artists for periodic benefit exhibitions.


Job Description

FCA is currently seeking three interns: an Arts Administration, Grant Programs, and Development and Communications Intern for Spring 2024. These are two day per week, in-person positions. FCA is pleased to offer a $2,500 stipend to Spring semester interns. This is a special opportunity to get hands-on experience at a grant-making arts organization.


Arts Administration Intern:

The Arts Administration Intern works closely with the FCA’s Collections and Operations Manager and Administrative Assistant with tasks related to FCA's collection of donated fine artwork and rare and signed artists posters. There is an emphasis on supporting sales and archival projects. The intern will also gain skills pertaining to database management, as well as other aspects of an arts non-profit. Day-to-day activities include both project-driven and administrative work, ranging from light art handling to telephone and online research.


Grant Programs Intern:

The Grant Programs Intern works closely with FCA’s programs team to administer FCA’s grant-making, including the Grants to Artists awards and Emergency Grants program. The intern will assist with monthly Emergency Grants program cycles and gain exposure to the Grants to Artists program by supporting grantee web and print announcements. Day-to-day activities include research, application review, grantee database management, and other project-oriented work relating to the Foundation’s grant programs. 


Development and Communications Intern:

The Development and Communications Intern works closely with the FCA’s Development and Communications Associate and Deputy Director to complete tasks related to FCA’s fund-raising efforts and external communications. Activities include fund-raising research, event planning and support, drafting correspondence and grant proposal materials, drafting social media content, database and other record management, and assisting with mailings and email marketing. This internship is a good fit for those interested in learning more about non-profit fund-raising and donor events.



Applicants should be detail-oriented, proactive, and be comfortable using Mac OS. Basic Excel skills and experience with Photoshop and InDesign is a plus. Knowledge of contemporary visual art, dance, theater, poetry, and/or music is useful, although not essential.


Health and Safety

FCA requires that all staff and interns be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for medical (including medical reasons relating to pregnancy) and/or for religious/sincerely held beliefs.


Equal Opportunity Employment

FCA is committed to providing access, accessibility, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for disabled people and individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to access or participate in the intern application or interview process, and/or to perform essential job functions please contact Ana Bloch, 212-807-7077,


If you believe that you could excel in this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds.