What do interns do at the studio?
Our unpaid internships are an on-site work experience that relates to an educational path or possible career interest. In our studio interns might use this opportunity to explore a career path as an artist, educator and/or art therapist. Internships in the studio provide job experience and can be used on resumes. Interns are supervised by a masters level clinician who is a nationally board certified art therapist. Interns are not therapists and are not expected to have the clinical skills to do art therapy. Our interns shadow our board certified art therapist in group sessions assisting in the art making process in the group if necessary. Art therapy interns utilize their own fine art skills in the studio teaching small groups of youth fine art techniques in our youth program as well as assisting individuals in our open studio sessions. All art therapy groups are confidential. All hired interns will complete and pass a background check. If applicants already have a background check from the past year they may supply this in their application packet, but it is NOT required until becoming an intern in our studio.
Interns also explore fine art education as a potential career path, learning how to teach small groups fine art technique and assist other interns while they are teaching. Additionally interns will explore all the facets of an open studio, including the fine art process, open studio sessions, occasionally curatorial work.
This internship is specially designed for college level students interested in pursuing either a path as an art therapist or a fine art educator. Sometimes our interns are already finished with their undergraduate degree and are exploring the field prior to applying and committing to a masters degree.
Interns hired may be currently using their intern experience as a learning process. Documentation that the intern is receiving academic credit and consistent communication with advisers is expected. School may be required to pay minor intern fees (i.e. background check). Not all internships are academic.
Interns are in the studio 10-15 hours per week.
Starting and ending dates will be specified in hiring process of internship. Internships will last at minimum 3 months and a maximum of one academic year, unless special arrangements have been made with a school for completion of credits.
Each intern must pass a background check prior to working in the studio.
Benefits of Interning
Interns leave their completed commitment with an understanding of professional demands and requirements with in the field of art and art therapy. This experience also provides interns with exposure to facilities, equipment and experiences that are not available in a classroom environment. Additionally, interns often find potential contacts for employment after graduation. The opportunity for higher starting salaries and more job offers than less experienced graduates receive. Past interns have also reported an easier transition from school to work environment experience.
Intern testimonial: "Working as an intern at 100th Monkey Studio was the most enjoyable and fulfilling experience of my summer. I'm especially interested in art therapy and art education and gained many insights and first-hand involvement in those fields. I primarily enjoyed working with kids and planning art history based lessons for the summer workshops. Anyone interested in art education or therapy would benefit from this opportunity."
Joellen Wojcik, Summer 2014
Intern testimonial: "My time interning at the 100th Monkey studio has been the most influential and educational experience for me to date. I learned the ins and outs of the art therapy career path, what art therapy is in detail, and providing rewarding art therapy experience to the local community. I also spent much time learning how to plan, teach, and make examples for the youth summer art camp. Learning how to make lesson plans, schedule the timing through each art project and how to be quick on my feet when bumps in the road arise are just some of the situations I have become comfortable with through this exciting and creative internship. I feel more confident in the local artistic community in general now and how to use my skills in future employment opportunities. I am beyond thankful I was chosen for this experience and highly recommend it to anyone interested in working with art in the community."
Claire Edwards, Summer 2014
Art Therapy Internships
*Actual start dates will be negotiated at time of hiring.
**Internships will run three months from start date.
Fall 1: August 2017-October 2017
Deadline: June 25th, 2017
Fall 2: September 2017-November 2017
Deadline: July 15th, 2017
Winter 1: October 2017-December 2017
Deadline September 1st, 2017
Winter 2: December 2017-February 2018
Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Required Application Materials
Prospective art therapy interns should email the following directly to Beth Ann Short:
If applying for an internship that results in school credit please also mail a recent transcript to:
Beth Ann Short
1600 SE Ankeny St.
Portland, OR 97214
* Applicants will be contacted for an interview if eligible, application is complete and if an intern position is available. **Applications will be kept on file for 6 months.
***Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.