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2021 Internship

2021 Internship Opportunity at Alchemy Art Center

Alchemy Art Center is looking for interns for the summer of 2021, beginning May 1. Internships can last from 1 month to 3 months, or longer for the right person. You can learn more about Alchemy Art Center on our website, Applications will be accepted until January 15th.


Our Internship opportunity is perfect for someone eager to learn the ins and outs of maintaining a working art studio and non-profit organization, in exchange for accommodation and studio access in the beautiful San Juan Islands. If you are self-motivated, highly organized, and eager to work and learn, we would love to hear from you! Priority will be given to applicants with experience in ceramics, printmaking, darkroom photography, or arts administration.


Alchemy is a nonprofit Art Center on San Juan Island. Our facilities include a Ceramics studio, a Darkroom, and a Print Shop. We offer monthly Studio Memberships in each area for a total of approximately 20 members. In addition, we host classes for kids and adults and run an Artists in Residence program in the summer.  

Nestled in the forest, Alchemy is a unique and beautiful place. We have chickens, ducks a pond, and a garden. In addition to seasonal Artists in Residence and Interns, we also host 8-10 year-round residents. 


We are looking for someone who is willing to devote 20 hours of their time per week during their stay at Alchemy. Our internships are for 1, 2, or 3 months, with the opportunity to continue if it’s a good fit. 

Internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Studio maintenance
  • Cleaning, organizing, stocking and maintaining supplies, etc.
Community Outreach
  • Running booths at various markets and festivals, monitoring open studio hours, organizing community outreach projects
Arts Administration
  • Assisting with PR, grant writing, and donor outreach

This is a great opportunity to learn how a studio works and how to run a community space. You will learn a lot at Alchemy, and we know that you will love your time here. 


We are looking for someone who is self motivated and highly organized, with a great work ethic, who is willing to learn new skills. Our ideal candidate is someone who is tidy, extremely reliable, and who will take on the responsibilities of the studio with pride and positivity. Many of the tasks we need help with require someone who can determine when/what needs to be done on their own. We will comprehensively train our intern in all studio tasks, but we are not interested in micromanagement. We are also looking for someone who is a good, tidy community member, able to give people who are focused on their work privacy, and who is excited to work on their own projects as well.


Our property is located on 9 acres of forest and open space, with buildings and residences concentrated in our main center. We have ten full-time residents who share two kitchens and bathrooms. Our intern will be sharing the Alchemy Hall Kitchen with one-two current Artists in Residence, and several long term property residents. The kitchen and bathroom must be kept tidy at all times. Internship accommodations are in lightweight cabins in wooded areas on the property. Our intern will have opportunities to participate in a large garden, care for chickens, enjoy a wood-fired hot tub, and make friends with lots of cozy people in beautiful spaces. We also have a 35 foot geodesic dome for Meditation, Movie nights, Yoga, etc.

Our intern will have membership to all our our studio spaces, and may access them for art making during all open studio times. They will also receive a discount on all classes offered at Alchemy.


Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, January 15th, 2021.

To apply, email with the subject line INTERNSHIP 2021:
  • Resume
  • 3-5 images of work completed within the last 2 years
  • The phone numbers and emails of 3 References we can contact (teachers, employers, mentors, etc.)
  • Letter of intent explaining why you would like to be an intern at Alchemy.  Please also indicate which month(s) you would like to attend. We want to hear about your experiences, and why you think you’ll be a good fit for this opportunity!    

We will begin scheduling interviews beginning in early February but, depending on the number of applicants you may not hear from us until mid-month. We hope to have interns confirmed my mid-March.