Prop and Set Design Internship

Prop and Set Design Internship

CATEGORY: Technical

Smart Sets
New York, NY 10036

Job Details


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I am an established set and prop designer looking for an intern for props and set dressing for off broadway shows as well as some film, corporate and photo shoot set dressing/prop work, holiday decorating, events etc. from mid August or early September through til end of December with possibility to extend, end date flexible but minimum of three months.  Reasonable time off for holidays can of course be discussed in advance.

This internship is unpaid. Some/many meals will be provided to equal hundreds of dollars over the course of the internship dependent on number of hours worked and especially during longer work hours as well as taxi transportation when necessary. School credit is available, and you must have your own unlimited metro card and transportation. Hours can range from 12-35 hours per week depending on the project and intern's schedule, but intern should have at least 3 full normal business days per week available (or 2 full weekdays or 1 full and two half and one weekend day is okay too, etc.). There is typically at least one opportunity for paid work during the internship if intern is available, and ideally many future opportunities following successful completion of internship and interest in a career in set and prop design or art department.

Ideally you are a student or recent grad in set or prop design for theatre or film, or an artist specifically interested in the field. Your schedule is fairly flexible, even last minute, class or work schedules okay if fairly consistent. You MUST be currently located in the Greater New York City area with your own transportation to Manhattan.

You will gain valuable knowledge of working as a freelancer in NYC theatre as well as possible opportunity to work in some corporate and photo/film work or holiday decorating, and receive top notch one on one mentoring and arts career guidance with portfolio and resume if desired. With successful completion of the internship you will walk away with a fantastic future job reference who has many connections in various fields and the possibility to extend into a longer term internship or move into a paid assistant role with a variety of projects in many design areas. The intern will follow a curriculum where he/she will be able to also work on separate portfolio building projects with mentorship. 

Some or all of the following experience/skills are very helpful but not crucial, as many of these things you will learn in the internship, and no experience is necessary, just willingness and eagerness to learn. Please mention in your reply which of the below you are most interested in learning more about, and which you have most experience with, if any.

-Photoshop, other creative suite a plus
-shopping for prop items around NYC and online
-love for organization (you will help with a small prop stock in Harlem)
-mural/scenic painting/faux techniques
-period history knowledge
-work with fabric draping, sewing a plus
-carpentry experience
-Electrical wiring experience
-Photo shoot/film experience
-Mac proficiency, own laptop
-Knowledge of Microsoft office, iWork, and Google docs
-Budget management
-Administrative, organizational, and computer skills
-You are hopefully the type of person others instantly can connect with. This doesn't mean you necessarily must be outgoing, but those who meet you get a positive impression even if very briefly. 

-be positive and professional, trustworthy
-be willing to try new things and enthusiastic/interested in doing so. Props is all about learning something new, and eager and curious people will thrive!
-love organization and prop shopping/research 
-be able to work in a tidy manner and keep your areas clean (we often work in smaller or shared spaces, so this is important)
-have a strong work ethic
-live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx or Queens. Manhattan is preferred merely for your commute time.
-Have at least 3 days of weekday business hour availability per week starting mid August/early September and flexibility for more during busier times before then. Recommended only 3 days of other work/school so that you have one day per week completely off for best performance and focus in the internship.

Please email with your resume and also portfolio/work samples (if you have any) as well as a short introduction about yourself and why you would be a good fit for this internship and your career goals. Looking for someone available to interview in person and start ASAP mid August, but flexible for early September as well.

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August 20, 2018 - December 31, 2018



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