Fostering Tomorrow’s Arts Leaders

Internships, part of Elsewhere’s CoLab Education, support emerging leaders through professional, creative, hands-on non-profit management experience. Each year fifteen interns are selected to live and work within the museum for 3 months during Spring, Summer, and Fall Sessions. Interns work with a small but impactful team, participating in a collective work environment with fellow creatives at the director, staff, resident and participant level. Each intern is paired with a supervisor of a core department (Communications, Operations, House, Programs) to assist with museum events, design, marketing, community outreach, administration, services, and facilities. 

Our internship is great for recent-post-undergraduate-age applicants dedicated to creative culture, social engagement and arts administration. Ideal candidates are solution oriented helpful visionaries and challenge seekers dedicated to seeing Elsewhere succeed and grow. Afterward, interns leave with an understanding of the inner-workings of an experimental arts organization and skills required to leverage a life in the arts.

Each session strives to create a dynamic ensemble who helps run the museum, deliver programs, connect with audiences, and participate in the experience of living at Elsewhere. There is a long history of exceptional interns who have left their mark going on to work at other impressive institutions, design agencies, nonprofit and community organizations. Elsewhere is an unparalleled site for creative inquiry, join in the experiment of building new futures from old things!


Internships are available during 13-16 week long sessions. All interns, Off-site & On-site, must begin at the start date indicated with On-site interns required to attend until the end.  

SUMMER | 5.30 – 9.17 (with a Summer vacation July 16 & 17)

FALL |  9.19 – 12.24 (with a Thanksgiving vacation Nov 26-28)


  • Access to museum tools, equipment, and workshops (carpentry, textiles, printing, paper, food, digital media). See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here.
  • Access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CnC routers, ceramics and welding facilities through Elsewheres membership with The Forge, a neighboring makerspace.
  • Public engagement and programming opportunities (a talk, final exhibition, lead classes) and the presentation of work archived online and on-site. See an example of intern event here.
  • Documentation, promotion, press and social media blasts. See examples here.
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
  • Participation in E.T.C. (Elsewhere Tenured Collaborators), our international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.
  • Elsewhere Membership. See benefits here.
  • On-site Interns receive subsidized room & board (see “Off-Site vs. On-Site” tab).

***Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere shares a radically expansive understanding of creative practice and identity. To decolonize systemic cultures of intersectional, institutional oppression, we encourage queer creatives of color to apply. We strive for a diverse representation of voices, life experiences, views, and interests to reflect the collaborative community we have and wish to serve.

For more opportunities please visit: goelsewhere.org/apply


Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social – a space of incredible material density and continuous public activity. Composed of layers of artwork and objects, there are no white walls or private studios. Residents respond to present orders to make visible possible futures. The century-old inventory of objects forms a natural resource, archive, and seemingly infinite set of incredible things, available for thoughtful transformation.

The Museum is a public space and home. Residents live on the 2nd floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house and other installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured in the museum’s most public 1st floor, and exhibits Elsewhere’s organized, cooperative, living practices to visitors. Studios include a wood and textile workshop, new media lab, storefront theater, garden, and public kitchen inside the 150-year-old building. 

Elsewhere is situated in Greensboro, NC, a mid-sized rapidly changing southern city with progressive roots. With 5 universities and a tremendous historical and social legacy of textiles and civil rights, there is creative, critical work happening here. Elsewhere is an anchor within the south end of the downtown, among other non-profits, shops, eateries, an activist church, and entrepreneurial co-working makerspace.

We partner with social and justice organizations, neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities, and city departments. Elsewhere shares space with the local chapter of #BlackLivesMatter (Gate City), IgnightNCNCCJ and is a site for community building, social organizing, and direct action. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial equity through burgeoning arts-led economic development. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.

For more on Elsewhere’s history, please visit our Story page.


Each session an intern is paired with Operations, House, Programs or Communications to build more active and robust Departments, providing a constant addition to Elsewhere’s environment. The Manager of that department serves as their guide and mentor for the duration.  Internship projects are based on needs of the week, upcoming events, programs, and the individual’s goals. As an artist-run organization, we take a creative approach in all we do.

All team members, including Off-site and On-site interns, work during Elsewhere’s office hours (Tues- Sat, 10 am-5 pm) and share weekly responsibilities such as collective cooking (1 hr/wk), cleaning after shared meals (15-min/day), house meeting (30-min/wk) and Power Hour, a collective clean of common areas (1 hr/wk) as well as a regular weekly Museum front desk shift.

Interns can list up to 3 positions by order of preference in the online application. Descriptions below encompass whole Departmental responsibilities, these are not individual intern descriptions! Roles will be defined once the internship begins based on skills, interests and goals.


On-site interns must contribute 30 hrs/wk in exchange for subsidized Room & Board. Off-site interns commute and must commit a minimum of 20 hrs/wk at a minimum of 2 moths to participate in the program.

There are no fees for Off-site interns, but they must contribute $7/per day to participate in Food Co-op (optional, see “Room + Board” tab for more info).


Department Responsibilities

  • Finances | Accounting, payments, fund management, budgets, donations.
  • Grants | Scheduling, preparation, reporting, filing.
  • Development | Membership, contacts, outreach.
  • Admin | Non-profit correspondence, tool management, contracts, policy, meeting support.  

Suggested Skills

  • Interest in non-profit management, clerical administrative work, and organizational functioning.
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, organized worker able to multitask and effectively manage time.
  • Basic understanding of Google docs, sheets, and calendars. Knowledge of other operational management tools a +.
  • Comfortable interacting with public and working with people of all backgrounds.
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +).


Department Responsibilities

  • Facilities | Code compliance, utilities, maintenance, grounds, contractors and outside vendors.
  • Housekeeping | Museum, residency, events, collection materials, communal cleans/general chores, back of house cavities + goods.
  • Studio | Tools, equipment, material access, safety, and training.
  • Hospitality | Comfort inventory (food, bar, supplies), food + drink production, design and curation for live/work environment.

Suggested Skills

  • Interest in services(cooking/cleaning) for collective live/work environments.
  • Experience with building, maintenance, grounds, homesteading and organizing a +.
  • Personable, creative problem solver who is team oriented and comfortable motivating and providing instructions.
  • Can lift 50 lbs and work on their feet for long hours.
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +).
  • Knowledge of administrative tools such as google docs, sheets, and calendars recommended.


Department Responsibilities

  • Promotion | Visual content, marketing, distribution, contacts, grant/donor acknowledgment
  • Website & Social Media | Curate, maintain, report analytics, strategize and respond.
  • Design | Print & online materials with consistent branding across all platforms.
  • Audio Visual Documentation | Document, edit, archive and retrieve media files as well as manage tech equipment.

Suggested Skills

  • Self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented worker able to multi-task and effectively manage time.
  • Great visual eye and copy editor.
  • Knowledge of AV technologies and post-production (Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, and FCPX) as well as graphic design skills (InDesign, Illustrator) a +.
  • Interest in advertising, PR, and marketing for print and online.  
  • Comfortable interacting with publics and working with people of all backgrounds.
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +).


Department Responsibilities

  • Production |  Planning, preparation, coordination, facilitation, install and set-up/break-down for events and projects.
  • Engagement | Museum curation, info, signage, and legibility(opener/closer). Docent, tour guide and front desk greeter. Participant point person and orientation.
  • Outreach | Connector and local liaison. Network and representative at offsite events.
  • Admin |  Content, applications, schedules, participant communication, archiving and maintenance.

Suggested Skills

  • Self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented worker, able to multi-task and effectively manage time.
  • Comfortable communicating, motivating, instructing, hosting, working with, and leading groups, people, and audiences of all backgrounds and ages effectively through a variety of educational experiences.
  • Customer service; personable, patient and helpful, especially with artists.
  • Building skills, material knowledge.
  • Interest in curation, interior architecture, or museum displays with a design sensibility for infographics a +.
  • Not afraid of technology (projectors, mics, sound systems).
  • Comfortable with running errands related to the public program and resident needs.
  • Can lift 50 lbs. and work and think on their feet.
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +).



The On-site internship is partially subsidized but does have a nominal cost. On-site interns pay $50/wk (valued at $140/wk for Room & Board) which goes towards Board. 

Room is provided to On-site interns, which includes a cozy private nook in a shared dormitory. See housing info here.

Board provides access to the Kitchen Commons, fully equipped with all necessary tools and locally sourced, vegetarian ingredients purchased by the House Department through the Food Co-op. The House hosts organized communal lunches 5 days/wk and do-it-yourself provisions 24 hrs/7 days/wk. See kitchen info here.

A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your total On-site fee, with the remaining balance due in full the first day of arrival. 

***We cannot accommodate significant others, collaborators and/or non-service pets. There is no on-site access to laundry machines.

Resident RoomCreature ComfortsAngela Zammerilli (Easthampton, MA), Mary Rothlisberger (Palouse, WA), Jay Gamble (Greensboro, NC)
2012. Installation view. Museum collection textiles, assorted wood, found beds.

Kitchen Commons, J. Morgan Puett (Beach Lake, PA)
2011. Installation view. Museum collection kitchen supplies, equipment, dishware.


2019 DEADLINE: February 22nd, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. 

Elsewhere opens applications once a year in the Spring (2020 applications open Spring 2019). Please review all tabs on this webpage to ensure our program is the best fit for your needs. 


SELECTIONS: Elsewhere staff review applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are then reviewed by individual Elsewhere Department heads to ensure applicants receive proper placement. Top candidates receive an interview that informs selections for the final 5 interns per session. We take great care in this process to ensure committed, talented, diverse and engaged residents are chosen, and that all applications get adequate attention.

NOTIFICATION: All applicants will be informed of their status by March 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date, please contact internship@goelsewhere.org.

PAYMENT: Finalists sign a contract and if applying for the On-site Internship put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 (paid online) within a month of notification. This contract (and deposit) act as confirmation and are required to secure your spot. The deposit will go towards your On-site Internship fee with the remainder due the first day of arrival via cash, card or check.