Fostering Tomorrow’s Arts Leaders

Internships, one of Elsewhere’s CoLab Education Programs, 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 (five interns at a time). 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.

Ideal candidates are solution oriented helpful visionaries and challenge seekers dedicated to seeing Elsewhere succeed and grow. Interns work with a small but impactful team, participating in a collective work environment with fellow creatives at the staff, resident and participant level.

Our internship is great for recent-post-undergraduate-age applicants dedicated to creative culture, social engagement and arts administration. After the internship, participants 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.

For more opportunities please visit: goelsewhere.org/apply

 ***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.


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, blank spaces, or separate studios. Residents respond to present orders to arrange and make visible possible futures. The century-old inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and finite 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, tech lab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and public kitchen inside the 150-year-old building. Additionally Elsewhere has access to 3D printing, laser cutting, CnC routers, welding and ceramic tools through membership with a neighboring makerspace.

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 gathering spaces.

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) 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 needs. Interns can list up to 3 positions by order of preference in the online application. As an artist-run organization with all staff actively pursuing outside practices, we take a creative approach in all we do.

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.


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 +).



All interns must begin at the start date indicated with each session. Onsite interns must attend until the end.  





Offsite interns must commit a minimum of 20 hrs/wk to participate in the program. Limited free housing in the museum is available to Onsite interns who contribute 30 hrs/wk (Tues- Sat, 10 am-5 pm). All participants, including Offsite and Onsite interns, 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.

The onsite internship is partially subsidized but does have a nominal cost. Onsite interns pay $50/wk into the House for room & board (valued at $140/wk for residents). Onsite interns are provided a cozy private nook in a shared boarding dormitory. Elsewhere has HVAC, safety egress and evacuation systems in place (fire alarms, exits, sprinklers, monitoring). See residential rooms 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 to hold your space in the Onsite internship program. This deposit will be applied towards your total Food Co-Op payment with the remaining balance due in full the first day of arrival. 

***Non-Service pets are not allowed.

***We cannot accept significant others and/or collaborators, etc. who were not included in the original application.


  • A curatorial team stewards the education process and provides critical feedback.
  • 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.

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.


Applications are 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. Applications are accepted for all sessions. Positions will remain open until filled. 

Due to the competitive nature of our internship program we strongly discourage cancellations but understand that opportunities will arise; please give as much adequate notice possible to place other interested applicants in internship spot. Deposits are non-refundable.


Applications must be submitted online. This free application linked below requires a GMail account. In lieu of an application fee, we ask that you please make or sign in to a pre-existing account.

Online applications require written responses and a portfolio. Portfolios must be submitted in the online application through a website URL link or a PDF.

APPLICATION DUE: July 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

NOTIFICATION: September 5th, 2018. If you have not heard from us by this date, contact museum@goelsewhere.org.

DEPOSIT DUE: If accepted, you will be asked to put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 and sign a contact by October 12th, 2018. This deposit and contract act as confirmation of your acceptance, secure your spot, and will go towards your residency fee with the remainder due upon arriving.


SIZE: 10 MB maximum

TITLE: ‘Full Name | Internship 2019’

WORK SAMPLES: should include CV/Resume and one of the following submissions:

IMAGES: 5 still images per PDF. Each JPEG (max. 1200 pixels on long edge) should include a caption of 400 characters or less.

TIME-BASED:  5 minutes per PDF. Each URL to specific work (Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.) should include a caption of 400 characters or less, providing context and time parameters.

TEXT: 1 page per PDF. Each text piece should include a contextual summary of 400 characters or less.

COMBINATION: Applicants with images, text, audio, and/or video should use best judgment (ie. 2 images, 2.5 minutes of video). Each work should include a caption of 400 characters or less.