Clay Camp Assistantship

UPDATED January 11, 2017

Summer 2017 Positions Available — Apply Now!

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.  In addition to these volunteer positions, the Dona Turbes Studio Internship provides funding for one recipient who will learn the ins-and-outs of our educational programs.

Clay Camp Assistantships

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.

Camp Assistants will be responsible for:

  • Assisting NCC’s teaching artists during summer clay camps
  • Preparing materials, helping with demonstrations, cleaning up, and working directly with kids ages 6 – 16
  • Leading by example through safe use of materials and equipment in the studio

Assistant Requirements:
Experience working with clay is essential, but interest and experience in working with young people are equally important. Dependability, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills are a must.

Assistantship duration:
Choose to work with one or more camps (15 – 20 hours per week) typically from 9 am – 12 pm or 1 – 4 pm. Weekly camps run June 12 – August 18. For example, you could choose to work with one camp in June, two in July, and one in August, or just one week of availability in July, or you can go for the gold and work all ten weeks. Final schedules will be verified with each assistant. See the Clay Camp schedule for more information.

Compensation:
This is a volunteer position. If you assist with 5+ camps, NCC will offer you a free summer adult class in exchange for your efforts.  (Limited spots available; first-come, first-served.)

Application deadline: 
For priority consideration, apply by April 1. Applications will be considered as long as space is available, through July 2017.

TO APPLY
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 Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org. 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. Jill Foote-Hutton, 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.

Dona Turbes Summer Studio Internship

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 1, 2017. Interns must be able to commit to at least 10 weeks from June to August 19, 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 studio access, and may also choose to enroll in a free NCC summer adult class, or have studio visits with one of our teaching artists. The intern may request limited days off for other obligations, travel, family time, etc.

Application deadline:
For priority consideration, applications must be received by April 3, 2017. The final deadline for internship applications is May 1. 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.

TO APPLY
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 Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org. 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. Jill Foote-Hutton, 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.