About the Program 

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not accepting internship applications for Spring or Summer 2021.

If you are interested in a Fall 2021 (October-December) internship please indicate this in your application materials.

The Clay Studio’s internship program is geared towards college students, recent ceramics graduates, as well as ceramic artists who are interested in teaching or furthering their ceramic education. The internship program provides students with experience in the nonprofit sector as part of a supportive educational community.

Internship Duties

Interns perform a wide variety of important functions throughout the organization. Please note that interns may be required to do physical labor and heavy lifting.

School Internship Duties

Work one day a week for five hours a day, during the Fall, Winter, Spring and/or Summer term. Interns will assist the school alongside the Work Exchange program. Duties include but are not limited to loading and unloading kilns, maintaining studio glazes, cleaning and moping the studios, pugging all reclaimed clay, school laundry, and other cleaning duties as assigned.

It is important to both the educational value of your experience as well as the stability of the program that applicants are prepared for a commitment of one full 12-week term  (60 hours) to The Clay Studio’s Intern Program.

In exchange for this work, participants will receive one free class with shelf space, access to open studio hours, use of school glazes and free firings.

Summer Camp Teaching Assistant Internship Duties

Assist with Clay Camps through the summer months for 5 days a week (can be full or half days) totaling 60 hours per term. Interns will help with general classroom support along with setup and clean up, and classroom lunch supervision. Hands on assistance to children ages 6-12 years. Process all artwork including loading and unloading kilns. Attendance at Clay Camp faculty meetings is also required.

In exchange for this work they will receive access to one free class with shelf space, access to summer open studio hours, and use of school glazes and free firings.

Administrative, Educational, and Community Engagement Interns

  • Duties vary and are assigned as needed
  • Can include long term projects


Application Criteria

Applicants should be hard workers who have demonstrated passion and dedicaton for the field of ceramics, and are ceramics artists or graduates interested in furthering their ceramic education and developing their portfolio.

Time Commitment

Interns for all other Clay Studio programs should be prepared to work five hours per week, one day a week during a 12-week term in fall, winter, spring, or summer, for a total of 60 hours. This commitment is important to both the educational value of your experience as well as the stability of the program.

Internship Benefits

In exchange for their work, interns receive a free Clay Studio class, access to Clay Studio workshops, access to open studio hours, an 18” x 18” x 18” shelf space, and free access to all school glazes, underglazes and firings.

Internship Options

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Education/Studio (classes and workshops)
  • Outreach (Claymobile)
  • Gallery/Shop (events, openings, First Fridays)
  • Administrative/development (fundraising, social media, office)

How to Apply

Download the application PDF

Email your completed application and resume to Carin Sankus, at carin@theclaystudio.org

Subject Line: Intern Application

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