Creative Internships in New York

COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, ArtBound Initiative has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

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ArtBound Initiative New York internships
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ArtBound Initiative New York internships
ArtBound Initiative New York internships
ArtBound Initiative New York internships
ArtBound Initiative New York internships

About

The ArtBound Initiative (ABI) program connects students and recent graduates with key players in the New York creative industry. ABI will help you secure your perfect internship and coordinate all travel logistics (including housing, internship visa, insurance, and more).

What types of internships do we offer?

Studio Art (for painters, photographers, ceramists, printmakers, sculptors), Arts Administration, Communications, Marketing, Social Media, Graphic Design, Producing, Exhibitions and Curation, Public Relations, Special Events, Public Programs, Education, Development, and more.

Who will you work with?

Artists, arts foundations, performing arts organizations, galleries, advertising agencies, design studios, architecture firm, Film production companies, creative studios, and more.

Highlights
  • Intern in New York and get matched with the best company based on your career goals.
  • Join an international community of creative professionals
  • Become an insider in New York: We will send you the best events, venues and Instagram accounts to follow.

COVID-19 Program Update: Flexible Start Dates

We know that plans can change during these unpredictable times due to the COVID-19 situation. That’s why the ArtBound Initiative program is flexible and will allow you to postpone your program if needed with no additional fees.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.46 Rating
based on 28 reviews
  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 8.1
  • Safety 9.3
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Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing Experience!

I recently had the pleasure of going to New York with the Art-bound program. Art-bound is a fantastic company that secures internships for people seeking a pathway into the creative industry. They coached my professional skills, help organised my visa, found my accommodation and ultimately sourced an internship placement in the TV industry at the heart of New York. While I was there they organised events, constantly checked in and supported me and overall ensured that I was having a meaningful experience. I highly recommend this program to anyone in the creative industry looking to find a pathway in. You won't find a more supportive and helpful internship program around!

Thank you to Laura and the Artbound team for all your help over this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to get stuck in and talk to as many people as you can in your internship company. As long as you do it respectfully most people will love having someone interested in their work!
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Mai Rose
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic way to get your foot in the door

My internship through ABI was incredible and the experience I’ve gained is invaluable. It gave me the opportunity to work on real projects straight out of university in an industry that is known for being extremely competitive to break into on an entry level. ABI matched me with a company that not only suited my career goals but had an incredible culture. I was always excited to go to my internship every day, and this experience has only strengthened my drive to succeed in a career in VFX.

ABI supports you throughout the entire process from coaching sessions that help prepare your resume, website/portfolio, interview skills and networking skills to help with visa application, accommodation as well providing general advice and support. They really care about you and your experience.

Not only is this program an incredible opportunity to jumpstart your career, but the possibility of living in and exploring a new city is surely something that's hard to resist.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I really recommend people to immediately sign up for a New York Public Library card and also the NYC ID. Having these cards allows free access to a bunch of galleries and event. Both cards are free! So why not? Also, MOMA has free admission Friday evenings!
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Antonia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lifechanging Experience in NYC

Thanks to Laura and the rest of the ArtBound Initiative crew, I was able to have the experience of a lifetime in New York, right after leaving university. I got to work at a production company right in the heart of the city - walking distance from Broadway! - and learn so much about not only the industry, but also myself as a creative content creator. The things I did and discovered while doing the program will be incredibly important to my future career, as well as the connections that ABI has provided me with, be they personal or professional. Doing the ABI program was without a doubt one of the best decisions that I have made in my life, and I strongly recommend it to ANYONE wanting to kickstart their creative career.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely take advantage of the events offered by the ABI program! It's a great way to meet the other people in your program, and also introduces you to a lot of great activities in New York City.
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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank-you, Artbound!

I completed an internship in New York with the help of ABI. I felt supported through the entire process - which I found particularly helpful during the confusing visa application process and of course during the big transition to living overseas. Even now, after the completion of my internship, I still have access to that same support and guidance. The company I was placed with fit perfectly with my career objectives and I learned more than I could have ever hoped for. I also lived with three other ABI members - who I know will be lifelong friends of mine. I had the time of my life and I have ABI to thank for that.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Getting on the plane to live in a country I'd never visited before. But! I knew I had Artbound waiting for me on the other side.
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Chay
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience for newly graduated students!

I was a recent graduate when I decided to pursue an internship abroad with ABI. ABI gave me opportunities to connect with like-minded people and connect me with young professionals who can guide and mentor me towards my goal in my career. Having a strong community and relationship is the most important thing to advance in every industry. ABI has a solid network in New York and helps connect easily through its network portal. I'm very surprised at how Laura, founder of the program, could manage to distribute her time for every participant to give a personal mentorship. ABI is a perfect mentorship program for young professionals to grow and connect globally in the creative industry.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Presenting my report in front of the company founders.
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Leo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My first step into the industry

I am Leo, I live in Australia and I did a visual effects internship through ArtBound in New York.

Before my ArtBound internship I'd never been over seas by myself so doing a visual effects internship in New York seemed close to impossible. ArtBound set up interviews with a few VFX studios and helped me prepare for them by giving me feedback on my resume and website. Once I was positioned in New York it didn't take long to make friends since ArtBound had set me up in a house with other Australian's who were also doing internships through ArtBound. This internship was the first job I've had in the visual effects industry and Chimney was a great company to start my career off. The work they started me off doing was basic but over time they gave me more and more challenging and interesting tasks.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would take more time to explore a bit. I was able to go to LA for 3 days which was fantastic but I would have liked to explore the surrounding of New York City more than I did.
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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience in NY

I spent four months in New York as a design intern and the whole process was incredibly seamless thanks to ABI. Their team worked really hard to make sure I had the best experience possible and allowed me to make the most of my time in NY. Being in NY is a scary place to be alone but ABI made sure that we always felt like there was a group to turn to have fun with. The whole experience was incredibly rewarding for my career and was tailored to my specific needs as a designer. They went above and beyond to try and set me up for the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Staying in NY for longer. Definitely miss it after coming back home and I wish I could have been there for longer.
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Aidan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time Abroad in New York City

Honestly the whole experience from start to finish was incredible. The teaching and advice given is crucial to starting a career and having an international experience globalises your understanding of your chosen industry. It is hard for creatives to get started in their field but with Artbound I no longer have to worry about my jump into the industry.

The time I spent living in New York City is unforgettable. It will always be that "time I lived in NYC" when I refer back to it for the rest of my life. I had more than just a traveller's experience of the city, I lived like the locals did. I caught the train everyday, I got up early for work and I ate where the locals ate. After a bit of time you slowly transition into becoming a New Yorker (or whichever city you choose to go to) and that just enriches your time abroad.

Even in the more difficult parts of the experience that were sometimes unexpected Artbound was there as quick as possible to help me in the best way possible. Having people there and such a good supportive team, made these pressures go away.

I want to thank the entire Artbound team for taking me on this experience that has not only shaped the beginnings of my career but also one of the best experiences of my life!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Moving overseas for a few months was definitely a daunting part of the process and I never thought I would be able to do it. But now looking back I am so grateful for the opportunity and proud of myself for doing it. At times it is hard being away for such a long time, but since doing the program I have had numerous doors opened for me.