“As a History student, I haven't often had the opportunity to be surrounded by artists, and getting to live and learn alongside them was a thrilling experience. Being treated as an artist and equal staff member on the farm was very important to me, and I think changed the way that I view the arts and my relationship to them as a whole. Beyond that, the experience of being on a farm, learning to care for the space, and being surrounded by nature was invigorating beyond words. I learned so much from my fellow interns, the residents, and, above all, from the staff who make the place as magical as it is!”
- Meerabelle Jesuthasan, 2017 Intern
Applications are currently closed for the 2018 Internship. Please check back later this year for the 2019 Internship Application.
ABOUT SPACE INTERNSHIPS
The internship at SPACE offers emerging professionals an immersive and impactful experience, equipping participants with useful skills to aid them in their transition into the professional arena. SPACE selects nine to twelve interns (college students, recent college graduates and young adults) each year to live and work on Ryder Farm, an idyllic 222 year old working farm in Brewster, New York. Internships take place over six to eight weeks during SPACE’s residency season, which runs June through October. The SPACE intern corps shares living quarters and communal meals with approximately 200 residents each season at Ryder Farm.
The SPACE Internship engages participants in the artistic, programmatic, culinary and administrative functions of the organization. Additionally, interns contribute to the ongoing care and maintenance of Ryder Farm and its facilities. Interns gain skills and training including office management, hospitality, event execution and meal prep, and also take part in sharings of work-in-development from resident artists, and support research that informs SPACE's marketing and development efforts. Beyond their practical training, interns benefit from the dozens of connections made during their internship, with independent artists, industry leaders and representatives from leading arts and theatre organizations organizations in New York and beyond.
The SPACE Internship is a natural extension of the organization's commitment to personal and professional growth. SPACE interns can expect the benefits of one-on-one mentoring with a SPACE team member and meaningful connections with a variety of professional artists and activists. Additionally, interns will be supported in exploring their own artistic interests while interning at SPACE.
All interns receive housing and three farm-fresh meals daily. SPACE will also assist interns in obtaining college credit when possible. Internships typically last 6 consecutive weeks between June and October (with Sundays off).
Internships at SPACE on Ryder Farm are supported in part by the The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the The Westchester Community Foundation's Emily and Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund.