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The Luminary 2023 Internship Program

The Luminary is excited to open applications for its internship program for students, recent graduates and others interested in the day to day function of a small, non-profit arts organization. We are seeking four interns in the 2023 calendar year to assist with exhibitions, KNOW/HOW bookshop, and programs and events.

As part of a mid-size arts center organization, interns gain observational insight into the day-to-day workings of a contemporary arts non-profit that hosts exhibitions, residencies, programs & events, and a lively community space. Internships at The Luminary will now be generalized to encourage a diverse applicant pool and support the goals of a wider variety of learning opportunities. Interns are expected to be present in The Luminary’s space, spend time with the current exhibitions, thoughtfully introduce guests to the space, maintain the safety of artwork, and assist with projects across the institution as needed. 

Interns will be offered a stipend and two professional development review sessions with the Gallery Manager and the Artistic Director respectively to discuss portfolios, artist statements, career goals, writing, etc. 

All 2023 interns will gain additional experience by proxy in the research, planning, and execution of exhibitions, installations, public programs, and fundraising while working for and learning from an active non-profit arts organization. We ask that each intern tend to the front desk for two, six hour shifts per week.

Internship Dates and Details: 

Two interns will be selected for the period between April 12th and July 20th, 2023, coinciding with our Spring/Summer exhibition with Black Quantum Futurism as a part of Counterpublic; our Summer Fundraiser; and the Futures Fund regranting initiative. Time off for organization-wide closures and holidays will be observed. Interns are expected to work 12 hours per week to be scheduled as two days that fall between Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 11AM and 6PM.

Application Deadline: 29 March 2023, at 11:59 CST

Experience and Expectations: Previous art institution experience or formalized education is not required, but applicants should be able to adequately communicate and demonstrate interest in art, arts institutions, public programming, communications, research, and dedication to care and community. Applicants should be independent yet collaborative, dependable, organized, and passionate. A successful application impresses upon reviewers that the applicant is dedicated to learning, growth, and community in opportunities presented to them. This is an onsite, public-facing internship. If you foresee any difficulties in applying or accessibility issues, please contact Kellen at

To apply: upload a cover letter and resume to the form linked here. 

About The Luminary

The Luminary is an expansive platform for art, thought and action. Since its inception, The Luminary has been a home for exceptional art that engages the pressing issues of the present. Through an active roster of exhibitions, residencies, performances, publications and gatherings, we act as a point of convergence for diverse publics. We cultivate thoughtful platforms for exchange, support forward-moving art and ideas, and attempt to model a more equitable and interconnected art world as an institution of our time.