Volunteers are an essential component of the Center for Book Arts. A limited number of volunteer positions are available in various office departments, depending on availability. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round.
Volunteers generally work one day per week at the Center on a semi-permanent basis and usually report to a single staff member. Tasks depend on the current needs of the Center and may include office administration, gallery/event reception, archive management, website updates, media production, and/or general building maintenance. Temporary positions and/or atypical schedules may also be available with seasonal or special projects such as the annual Holiday Sale or other scheduled events.
After an initial trial period, volunteers are able to enjoy the perk of taking a class tuition-free at the Center, space permitting. The Center’s Volunteer Program is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the non-profit arts world while working closely with the Center’s friendly, creative staff.
Primarily aimed at undergraduate students, The Center’s Summer Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on training in traditional book arts techniques as well as an overview of non-profit management. While the Summer Internship is unpaid, it may be used for school credit. Summer Internships are 3 days per week, 10am-6pm, for a period of 10-12 weeks. Start and end dates vary depending on The Center’s schedule and students’ availability, but the general timeline is mid/late May to mid/late August. Summer interns spend 2 days each week acquiring practical skills in the studios, learning bookbinding and letterpress printing with artist instructors, and producing editions. Interns also spend 1 day each week in the Center’s office in one or more of the following departments: Administration, Development, Education, Exhibitions, Collections, and Marketing. Postmark deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017.