Internships & Assistantships

NCECA 2020 Intern - Position now open

The NCECA intern will work closely with the Director of Galleries and Events, Tippy Maurant, and Galleries Manager, Emily Romens, to intake all NCECA pots, process them into existing inventory, pack them for travel to the NCECA Conference and will process inventory to be shipped back to artists or prepared for the gallery, post-conference. This internship provides an opportunity to gain experience in a fast-paced, non-profit environment and gain connections to the Minneapolis arts community as well as the greater clay community. Please send resume and letter of interest to Emily Romens at for consideration. Deadline for application is Friday, January 10 at 5 pm. 

Full job description here.

Galleries Intern - Position now open

Northern Clay Center is seeking an intern to assist in the Sales Gallery and Exhibition programs. This position requires a time commitment of 8 – 10 hours weekly, with a chance for increased hours during installation weeks. Time is to be split between program areas as needed. An internship with Northern Clay Center provides students or recent graduates with valuable experience in arts administration, exhibition installation, and retail business practices. This position will help you develop strong connections with the local arts community and professional artists in the field. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the best practices and behind-the-scene details of gallery operation. Please send resume and letter of interest to for consideration.

Full job description here. 

Digital Marketing Intern - Position now open, applications due Monday, May 20, 2020 by 5 pm
Put your marketing skills to work while learning about SEO, content creation, and digital advertising campaigns.

Northern Clay Center seeks a current college or university student or recent graduate in marketing, business, or other relevant field to assist the Digital & Marketing Manager with search engine optimization research, social media and web traffic analysis, content creation, and digital advertising campaigns. This is a volunteer position that earns full-time adult education classes at Northern Clay Center. The intern will work 8 hours per week, during NCC's office hours (Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5:30 pm) and the position is for a full academic term, with the potential to extend for further terms.

Full job description and details on how to apply are found here.

American Pottery Festival Intern - Position opens for application early spring 2020
Assist with our largest annual fundraising event while developing your professional skills and earning the gratitude of NCC staff. 

Each fall, NCC offers an intensive 7 week internship solely in support of the American Pottery Festival August 5 through September 20.  Scheduled hours will range between 15 and 40 per week and presence is required during the entire APF. Skills addressed during the internship include inventory management, gallery preparation, event preparation, installation, display, artist and customer relationships, and shipping. A complete description and application details are available here.

Clay Camp Assistants - Positions now open
Northern Clay Center seeks college students and recent graduates, ages 18 and up, for our summer camp positions. Each summer, we provide opportunities for over 15 assistants to help run our camp programs and to gain classroom experience. 

The Clay Camp Assistants will work closely with the education program head and clay camp teachers to provide classroom support for weekly summer clay camps at NCC.

A complete description and application details are available here.

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Dona Turbes Summer Studio Internship -- Position now open, applications due Monday March 30th

The Dona Turbes Summer Studio Intern will work closely with the studio technicians to provide studio and classroom support for summer clay camps at NCC. The Intern will gain broad experience in the behind-the-scenes technical operations of a large community art center, including technical work and help with special events. In addition, s/he will have the opportunity to work as an assistant in the Clay Camp programs as described above.

Interns will be responsible for:

  • Preparing materials and supplies for weekly youth camps at NCC, including loading and unloading kilns
  • Leading by example through safe use of materials and equipment in the studio
  • Sorting and packing camper projects to prepare them for pick up
  • Other special projects as they arise

Intern Requirements:
Experience working with clay is essential. Interest in working with young people, or adult education, is helpful. Dependability, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills are a must.

Internship Duration:
The start and end dates of the internship are somewhat flexible. Preferred start date is June 8, 2020. Interns must be able to commit to at least 10 weeks from June 8 to August 14, 15 – 20 scheduled hours per week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Specific dates will be discussed with interns.

Compensation: A stipend will be paid on a weekly basis, dependent on the number of weeks scheduled. The total of the stipend shall be no more than $1000.00. The intern will have classroom studio access, and may also choose to enroll in a free NCC summer adult class. The intern may request limited days off for other obligations, travel, family time, etc.

Application deadline:
All internship applications must be received by Monday March 30, 2020 Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You may still apply for the assistantship after this deadline.

About the Internship:
Dona Turbes was a long-time staff member at Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, a Minneapolis-based refractory supply, founded in 1924.  She helped many potters and teachers across the country purchase kiln building materials and kiln furniture.  This internship is funded by SSFBS and contributions in honor of her memory.

Your application should include:

  •  A letter of interest describing your qualifications for the position and how you will benefit from a summer at NCC. Send your letter as a PDF.

  • A resume (not more than 1 page) outlining your clay and teaching experience. Send your resume as a PDF.

  • Contact information for 2 references who can speak to your clay experience and/or work ethic. Send your reference sheet as a PDF.

  • 3 images of current ceramic work. Submit images as JPEGs at 72 ppi.

Email your application to Samantha Longley at Documents should be submitted as PDF files and images as JPEGs at 72 dpi. Applications may be mailed (with images on CD) to: Northern Clay Center, attn. Samantha Longley, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Please specify if you are interested in the Assistant or Intern position, or both. Applicants not offered the internship may be offered assistantships.

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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