College Level Internships


College Level Internship Program

We are now seeking interns for CURRENTS New Media’s 2023 festival.  Interns spend June 5-July 3rd in Santa Fe, New Mexico and play an integral role in producing our annual international art & technology festival. 

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2023

University of New Mexico Student’s Deadline has been extended to March 5

Internship Dates: June 5 – July 3rd, 2023
Notified by April 1, 202

CURRENTS is truly a community effort consisting of our dedicated staff, our fantastic interns, our installation crew, our network of volunteers, our partner venues that host events during the festival and all of the artists from near and far who exhibit in the festival. Join our team! 

If you are in high school and interested in interning, please check out our Youth Internship Program page!

What we offer:

  • Housing for the duration of the internship (June 5 – July 3, 2023)
  • A $1,250 stipend to help with travel and meals
  • A wonderful community of artists from around the world, our staff and interns
  • First-hand art handling experience, experience working with artists, technical knowledge and training 
  • College credit when pre-arranged with university and student
  • Letter of recommendation from us (if requested)
  • Lunch every day of of installation and deinstallation of the festival

What we expect from our interns:

  • Stay in Santa Fe for the entire month of June. Any proposed exceptions to this must be discussed beforehand.
  • Experience or strong interest in some or any of the following: media art, A/V tech, programming, exhibition installation, volunteer coordinating, graphic design, light design, event planning, curation etc.
  • A willingness to share your individual talents while working as a team member. In the past, our interns have come from a variety of disciplines– we’ve had musicians, actors, tech-heads, performance artists, visual artists, folks interested in event coordination, festivals, construction and set design, lighting design and more
  • Hard work! Producing a festival of this size is a LOT of work. We expect our interns to be ready to dig in on those long days of installation (sometimes up to 12 hours).
  • Desire to learn new things, meet new people, dedicate yourself and work as a team!
  • You can expect 5 days off between June 6 and July 1.


A timeline of our internship program:

June 6 – 15: Install
We have a lot to do this first week and we hit the ground running. Building walls, hanging cables and projectors, organizing all the necessary equipment, painting, and carefully unpacking and installing artwork.  During this time, artists who have installations will be there too, and interns are paired with artists to help them install their work.  Interns will also be familiarizing themselves with installations that they will be running and docenting during the duration of the festival. CURRENTS also features several “pop-up” performances during our opening weekend, and there will be rehearsals for those as needed. Interns are welcome to participate in performances if they want to!

June 16 – 18: Opening Weekend
Opening weekend is usually the busiest time of the festival! During this time, interns help with performances, with docenting and running installations and learn how to open and close the festival. There is an artist/staff/VIP party on Sunday night of opening weekend.

June 16 – 25: Festival is open
Interns help with maintenance of the festival, and may be responsible for and learn how to help with technical troubleshooting if anything in the festival goes down. Our interns are docents during this time and run installations, greet visitors, help with any questions visitors may have and are responsible for opening and closing the exhibition space everyday we are open. 

June 27 – July 1: De-Install
Interns help our crew and staff to take down, package and ship off the art that came from out of state or country and return the exhibition space to its original state.  CURRENTS hosts a wrap party during this time.

July 2 – 3: Enjoy Yourself!


Our 2023 College Level Internship Application has Closed. The deadline was March 5.

To apply for a stipend through our internship program please check back in February of 2024.

We have a limited number of paid positions available but happily accept all volunteers.

For questions about the program please contact our education/outreach coordinator, Sarah Kim: sarah@currentsnewmedia.org. Letters of recommendation can also be sent directly to connect@currentsnewmedia.org with the subject line “Letter of recommendation for YOUR NAME “

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