ArtBound Initiative in New York

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The ArtBound Initiative (ABI) program connects students with artists and arts organizations in New York City and Berlin. 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, museums, communication agencies, contemporary art centers, Broadway producing offices, fine art galleries, design galleries, Broadway advertising and marketing agencies, online auction houses, creative studios, and more.

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based on 5 reviews
  • Growth 8.8
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 8.2
  • Safety 9.2
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Learn a lot!

My work in groups in The Studio has helped me develop organizational skills to help bring projects along and keep to a tight deadline. For instance, we had two Halloween projects two months ago, Andrew, my colleague and I were doing modeling work. He was professional but I never did this amount of works in a short time before. So, he told me how to organize the assets and unfold UVs in his way. He also taught me the time arrangement in different types of projects. All those experiences have produced a profound and lasting impact on my development and future studying.

Yes, I recommend this program
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New York Internship

I've done my internship with Jean Doumanian Productions, which is a production company that produces theaters, movies, and TV series. My internship title was called Script/Coverage Development, and my main responsibilities were to review incoming material (pilots, screenplays, books, etc.) and provide feedback about their commercial potential.

ABI helped me secure the internship I wanted and was very supportive regarding the visa process. This abroad experience is a huge opportunity that'll boost my career and help me get my dream job.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Intern @ Reflexgroup NY - Digital Strategist

I did an internship at Reflex Group New York and ended up getting hired! It is an international creative agency founded in Paris in 1988. This boutique agency specializes in working for luxury brands. ArtBound Initiative assisted me all the way with getting this internship. The ABI team provided me with a selection of companies that fitted my expectations, helped me in the application process, assisted me during my VISA application process, and also helped me find an accommodation here in New York. They made the whole process easy, and most of all, they made it happen! I am very thankful for their constant and dedicated assistance.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Loved it

ABI connected me with the perfect internship for me to get started in my career. Working at Con Artist Collective was a great way to be welcomed in the city. I am expanding my network, meeting exceptional artists and people through there. Events hosted by ABI also helped me meet people from around the world ! My favorite excursion so far was going to Dia Beacon on a nice late summer afternoon. Months later, I have still kept in contact with people I have met through the internship and have been immersing myself in the city. Definitely a turning point in my life so far.

How can this program be improved?
More participants equals more connections
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elena Kay

Eye Opening

I went through the internship company Art Bound Initiative and spent eight weeks of my summer in New York City. I am going to school in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. It was through my school that I heard of Art Bound Initiative (ABI). After contacting ABI they were very helpful and willing to answer any and all questions I had in concern with my application and then later on after I was accepted into the program with my placement. I felt ABI was knowledgeable and efficient in what they were doing. I was stunned at the speed with which I was informed of my acceptance and then the speed and ease I was assigned my placement for my summer internship. I am a fine artist and for this internship I wanted to be placed with other studio artists. ABI took my desire into consideration and found me a placement where I was working with two studio artists as their studio assistant.

My arrival in New York was painless and I moved into where I would be staying for the next eight weeks. ABI found the apartment I stayed at, it was in a very good location right next to the Central Ave Metro stop in Brooklyn. Through out my stay I felt very safe in my neighborhood and had no problems getting anywhere from where I was. The day I moved into my apartment, I took an opportunity to introduce myself in person (because we had only communicated long distance) to one of the artists I was going to work with at a small art showing. I worked with this artist on Mondays and Tuesdays during my eight week stay. He and I got along very well which made the work atmosphere in the studio very bright. I always looked forward to working with him in his studio. My primary tasks in his studio were to prepare and paint canvases, as well as to mix colors. While doing this the artist and I would converse about many things, but primarily about art in general. We had a very easy working relationship that carried through the entire time I was there.

The second artist I was placed with is located in Tribecca, which is in the financial district of Manhattan. I felt that my internship with this artist did not start off as smoothly as it had with the first artist. The second artist's pace is much different than my own and the first artist I was with. He would jump from one activity to the next in rapid succession, and in time I was able to keep up, but at first this threw me off. The work I did for him was much different than the work I was doing for the first artist. For the second artist I did a lot of project filing and managing, along with stretching and preparing some canvases, but he also had me going and scouting out galleries for him. My internship with him was illuminating into the business of art. I have gain invaluable information from doing this that I will carry through my remaining time in school and into my career.

Because I worked for the two artists only two days out of the week each, I had Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to myself. ABI set up several events in which I met with others going through the ABI program in New York as well as with individuals affiliated with the ABI network. One of these events was Tribecca Art Night. ABI was in contact with one of the organizers for Tribecca Art Night who extended the opportunity for ABI participants to volunteer to help out that night, which I did, and I had a lot of fun. I was assigned to help out with a musical event, the performer was incredibly talented. After the performance I helped out at the after party and met some very exciting and interesting people. To reiterate Tribecca Art Night was a lot of fun, and I met up with one of the other participants in the ABI program there. Through the ABI network I also came into contact with another participant who's internship began at the same time as mine. She and I became good friends during my time in New York, and we started a weekly tradition where we'd venture into the lower east side together, at least once a week, and eat at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot.

ABI stayed in contact with me throughout the entire experience doing their best to make sure it was a good one. If I had need to I felt that I could readily contact ABI with an issue or concern and that they would get back to me in a timely manner.

The only times I had issues during my internship was when I went into Newark, New Jersey for a music event, but that had nothing to do with ABI or my internship. I will admit that it would have been nice if this had been a paid internship, but I had a great time and highly recommend Art Bound Initiative to any young professionals in the art field looking to cultivate connections and gain experience in the art world.

Yes, I recommend this program


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ArtBound Initiative (ABI) offers customized internships for students and recent graduates in New York , Berlin and Hong Kong. With an expansive network of leading art & design organizations, ArtBound Initiative provides access to creative industries...