Editorial Intern (Summer/Fall 2017)

Posted On: June 1, 2017

Paid Journalism Internship

Media Organization: Artsy

Company Description

Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 400,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.

In addition to our vision of a world where art is as popular as music, Artsy has five core values that will inform your experience at Artsy.

Art x Science: We believe in uniting empathy with logic, emotion with data, and intuition with research in everything we do. Whether in business strategy or design, culture or code, we seek the magic that happens when the often separate worlds of art and science come together.

People are Paramount: We spend extraordinary energy finding the best person for a job—and once found, we give them the trust and autonomy to be CEO of their role. We avoid pointless bureaucracy and prefer to empower people with information rather than limit them with process.

Quality Worthy of Art: We aim to create an experience worthy of all the world’s art and so hold ourselves to the highest standards in all our work. We believe that the best long term quality comes from rapid shipping, iterating, and learning as we go.

Positive Energy: We know positivity and optimism benefit our work, and we harness positive energy as a vehicle towards greater awareness, growth, and collaboration. We believe in cultivating a positive relationship to art as opposed to one based on exclusivity or scarcity.

Openness: We believe in being open with each other and the world—whether in open-sourcing our code, sharing feedback, or building a diverse and inclusive work culture. We believe in bringing our full selves to work and manifesting an open world where everyone has access to art.

Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description

Author Philip Pullman once wrote, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” At Artsy, we wholeheartedly agree.

Within our mission to make art accessible to anyone with an internet connection, we tell the stories around art and artmaking, with the end goal of creating exciting, engaging, and educational content and dialogue around the art world. With that in mind, we are looking for self-motivated individuals to help us achieve this goal.

The successful intern will play an integral part in Artsy Editorial’s growth and our goal to produce content that pushes the conversation around art forward.

Our desired candidate will have a background in journalism, experience working at an arts or culture publication, and/or a background in art history. You are enthusiastic about online publishing, spend most of your time thinking about the possibilities of the written word online, and feel very comfortable undertaking extensive independent research and fact-checking tasks. Additionally, you should have an expressed interest in contemporary art and art history with a strong desire to learn more.

Lastly, you are a strategic thinker, a proactive problem-solver, a confident and thoughtful writer, and a strong collaborator who is excited be part of a dynamic, close-knit editorial team, and you get a thrill out of working in a fast-paced environment.

For the Summer/Fall period, we are looking for interns in three distinct focus areas:

Creative and Visuals

This role will focus primarily on image research and securing visual assets for our content. We are looking for someone with a strong eye for images and a passion for finding the best options to illustrate a story. The ideal candidate is extremely organized, undaunted by handling multiple projects and moving pieces at the same time, and an expert in Photoshop.

In this role, you’ll work primarily with our Features Producer as well as in collaboration with various writers and editors to ensure that their stories are paired with the most compelling visuals. In addition, you will also contribute to diligently fact-checking articles and be given the opportunity to write when appropriate.


We are also looking for an intern who wants to see the big picture. The ideal candidate is curious about how all the pieces fit at an online publisher, obsessed with efficiency, and passionate about developing streamlined and scalable processes. He or she should be the epitome of organization, work extremely well with others (especially under pressure), and be the definition of a team player. You will be in the middle of operations, picking up fact-checking duties, research, as well as copy editing and writing when appropriate.

An intern in this role will need strong copy editing skills and a keen understanding of both AP and Chicago styles. You will also be a meticulous fact-checker and a clean, efficient writer when called upon.


This role will have an equal focus on journalistic writing and fact checking. The ideal candidate is a nimble and confident writer who excels at communicating clearly and concisely. She or he has experience writing in a journalistic capacity, is obsessed with meeting deadlines, and is excited about working in a fast paced online publishing environment.

You will also be comfortable handling long-term and large-scale research projects, as well as have thorough due diligence when it comes to fact-checking. We are looking for someone who knows how to confirm the veracity of both their own reporting and the reporting of others with thoroughness and speed.

To Apply

The Editorial Internship is based at our HQ in downtown Manhattan and is a full-time, paid position. The internship will run until January of 2017.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, your resume, and three short art-related writing samples under 500 words each and journalistic in style (please no academic papers!) here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/artsy/jobs/678493#.WS76xhPyvBJ