Internships are one of Elsewhere’s education programs in support of emerging leadership. They offer a professional, creative, hands-on opportunity to work and live within an alternative, non-profit organization run by a small, but an impactful team of staff, artists, and community partners. Each year interns are selected to live on-site 3 months for the Spring, Summer and Fall session; each intern is paired with a supervisor of a core department (Communications, Operations, House, Programs). Interns assist with artistic production, museum programs, design, marketing, community outreach, and non-profit administration.

Ideal candidates are dedicated, helpful visionaries interested in supporting Elsewhere in building a more creative and collaborative future. Interns participate in a teamwork environment, learn from fellow creatives, and acquire access to an international network of alumni.

This internship is great for post-undergraduate age applicants with a dedication to creative culture and arts administration. After the internship, participants leave with an understanding of the workings of an experimental arts organization and skills that will provide leverage for a life in the arts.


  • There are 3 internship sessions during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • Sessions are approximately 3½ months.
  • Onsite interns commit to and must contribute 30 hours a week (Tues- Sat, 10-4 pm) in order to receive free housing.
  • Onsite interns buy into the Kitchen Commons Food Co-Op, which provides an equipped kitchen with locally sourced, fully stocked vegetarian ingredients and prepared lunches 5 days a week, required for Onsite interns at $50/ week.
  • Elsewhere requires a non-refundable deposit of $250 to hold your internship spot. The deposit will be applied towards yourFood Co-Op payment, which is due in full at the start of the internship.

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 at Elsewhere; past interns have gone on to work at other impressive institutions, design agencies, and non-profit, community organizations.



“Elsewhere is a museum and artist residency set in a 3-floor, former, thrift store. With people and things, we build collaborative futures.”

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. Everything is interpreted contextually and in situ, explored in creative real space and time. Residents respond to present orders to arrange possible futures and make visible the conceptual, material, and social influences of Elsewhere. Projects engage Elsewhere’s Museum as a platform for creative, performative, research-based, and curatorial experimentation. The inventory of objects form a natural resource, archive, and finite set of incredible things, available for transformation when used thoughtfully.

The museum is a public space and also a public home. Artists live on the second floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house as well as installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured within the museum, and exhibits Elsewhere’s highly organized, cooperative, living practices to public visitors. Public studios include a wood shop, fabric workshop, techlab, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, garden, and a communal kitchen. Elsewhere also provides artists with access to neighboring makerspaces.

Elsewhere is situated in downtown Greensboro, a rapidly changing small southern city. With five universities and a tremendous historical and social legacy of textiles and civil rights, there is a lot of creative and critical work happening. Elsewhere is a creative anchor within the historic downtown, among shops, eateries, and activist churches, but also within food deserts, gentrifying neighborhoods, and empty buildings.

We share our block with a co-working space, a makerspace, a piano restorer, a sneaker shop, a pizza church, and several antique stores. We partner with social and justice organizations, downtown neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities and city departments. Elsewhere shares its space with #BlackLivesMatter: Greensboro (#BLMGateCity) 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. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.



All interns must be available to begin on the session start date. Interns who choose to live on-site must attend throughout the duration of the internship. Interns who choose to live off-site have flexibility with end dates.


        SUMMER | 6.5 -9.4

FALL | 9.11 – 12.18


Application process opens late March 2018 for residency session dates set in 2019. 


Limited housing in the museum is available to interns who participate 30 hours a week. Onsite interns are provided with free housing, which includes a cozy private nook in a shared room.  See residential spaces here.

The onsite interns fee ($50/ week) offers access to the fully equipped Kitchen Commons and locally sourced Food Co-Op. The Food Co-Op hosts family lunches 5 days/week and do-it-yourself provisions 24 hrs./7 days a week. All participants in theFood Co-Op, including artists-in-residence, are asked to cook one day per week and clean collectively after shared meals. See kitchen info here.

The $250 internship deposit, due upon acceptance, will be applied to your total Food Co-op fee and is due upon acceptance. 

Other Benefits Include:

  • Support from Elsewhere’s curatorial team.
  • Access to museum workshops equipped for construction, textiles, screen printing, book arts, and membership to neighboring maker-spaces The Forge and C.V.A. See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here.
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
  • Participation in an international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.


Resident Room

Resident room created by artists Mary Rothlisberger, Jay Gamble and Angela Zammarelli, 2012.

Kitchen Commons studio created by artist J. Morgan Puett, 2011.



Interns assist under an Elsewhere department (Programs, Communications, Operations, House). The curator of that department serves as a guide and mentor for the duration of their participation. Internship projects are based on needs of the week, upcoming events, artist’s projects and programs. Interns will be invited to list up to three positions by order of preference in the online application. Positions include:

See detailed descriptions for positions below.



  • Supports museum and non-profit operations
  • Assists in admin of front desk systems, contact lists, mailings, and non-profit needs
  • Assists membership program–contacts, calls, surveys, connection with members
  • Supports museum front desk operations and orientations
  • Supports fundraising via grants, sponsorships

Suggested Skills

  • Interest in museum administration, non-profit management and interest in grant work.
  • Organized, independent worker with basic understanding of google docs, spreadsheets and calendars
  • Comfortable interacting with publics and working with people of all backgrounds
  • Interested in administration and organizational functioning as an art form
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +)



  • Maintains kitchen systems
  • Oversees dinner meals and most cooking shifts
  • Supports garden systems
  • Keeps common areas functional spaces
  • Assists residents, staff, and museum visitors in use of house
  • Supports hospitality set-up and production of food & drink for museum events, meetings and space rentals
  • Supports issues related to the house, kitchen, building, or living systems

Suggested Skills

  • experience working in a kitchen and cooking for large groups
  • interest in cleaning, organizing, homesteading, facilities and building
  • Comfortable motivating, instructing, and leading groups
  • Patient and personable, a creative problem solver
  • organized, detail-oriented, efficient and able to multi-task
  • Can lift 50lbs and work on their feet for long hours
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +)
  • Coordinates resident travel and general duties of the artist residency program and museum
  • Interest in administrative duties google docs and google calendars recommended
  • Artistic and creative in ways of the everyday life



  • Helps design communication materials for print and web
  • Assists in the creation of press and public materials
  • Distributes communications materials (fliers, social media)
  • Supports operation, administration and organization of tech and media equipment
  • Social Media
  • Documents Elsewhere programs and projects through photo, video and audio
  • Creates photographic scenes for media outlets
  • Work with media archive and support tech and media in the museum
  • Occasionally assist artist with media based project
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr

Suggested Skills

  • Organized, independent worker with administrative skills including understanding of google docs and google calendars
  • graphic design skills (use of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Copy editing
  • Interest in advertising, PR, marketing, etc
  • Public skills in interacting with businesses
  • Is comfortable and excited to work closely with artists, curators and community stakeholders of all backgrounds
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +)
  • Great visual eye
  • Advanced knowledge of either digital photo, video or audio production and post-production.
  • Photo, video, audio editing skills (Lightroom, Photoshop and FCPX)
  • Is comfortable and excited to work closely with artists, curators and community stakeholders of all backgrounds



  • Assists in the planning and production of public museum events and artist projects
  • Serves as a museum docent and tour guide
  • Supports front desk operations
  • Assists in the development of curriculum and lesson plans
  • Assists with workshop preparation and facilitation
  • Maintains museum info, such as community cal, event cal, curatorial signage
  • Supports outreach for museum, residency and education with local community
  • Assists curators and artists in the production, installation, preservation and maintenance of projects (residency, commision, event or museum)
  • Assists with curating, managing, maintaining and arranging the collection of artworks and things
  • Assists with upkeep of studio facilities & tools
  • Supports the appearance and creative legibility of Elsewhere’s museum

Suggested Skills

  • Experience working with publics, as a docent, in customer service or community outreach
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Has good people skills and can tell a story effectively
  • Must be outgoing and comfortable with people of all backgrounds and ages (communicating, collaborating, working, hosting)
  • Experience with media or technology-based education
  • Must be self-motivated, highly organized, efficient, detail-oriented and able to multi-task
  • Not afraid of technology (projectors, mics, sound systems)
  • Design sensibility for museum infographics (chak signs, educational signage, artist tags)
  • Comfortable with running errands related to public programs
  • Interest in being an artist assistance
  • Advance building skills related to sculpture, installation, painting and experience with power tools
  • Knowledge of materials–wood, metal, glass, fabric etc
  • Comfortable with buildings and building infrastructures
  • Basic knowledge of sewing and textiles
  • Interest in being an artist assistance
  • Safe, confident, organized
  • Comfortable with multitasking and time management
  • Must be an effective communicator and comfortable working with people of all backgrounds
  • Capable of running errands related to the production of projects (car a +)
  • Interest in curation, interior architecture or museum displays encouraged
  • Can lift 50 lbs. and work and think on their feet
  • Has a valid driver’s license (car a +)


Apply Here: Internship Application

Please check back soon for information on the next application window for 2018 internship positions.

Online applications require written responses to questions and a portfolio (which can be a link to your website or a PDF). You will find PDF guidelines in application



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

APPLICATION DUE: Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

REVIEW: All applicants are reviewed by individual Elsewhere staff to ensure applicants gets adequate time, space and accurate representation of their work. Top candidates receive an interview. A group review of top interviewees curates the final six per session.

NOTIFICATION: Late March 2018. If you have not heard from us by then please contact museum@goelsewhere.org

DEPOSIT DUE: If accepted, you will be asked to put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 by April 16th, 2018. This deposit acts as confirmation of your acceptance, secures your spot and will go towards your living fee with the remainder due upon arriving. Due to the competitive nature of our internship program we strongly discourage cancellations but understand that opportunities will arise. In these cases please give us as much adequate notice as possible to ensure refund of your deposit and placement for other interested applicants.

Questions can be directed to museum@goelsewhere.org.