NIAD Is Hiring Fall Interns!

Open Positions:

Communications Intern

Exhibitions Intern

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Interviews begin September 15

Join NIAD Art Center’s Art Marketing & Exhibitions team!

NIAD’s Communications & Exhibitions Internships are aimed at providing an educational experience for individuals who are curious and excited about pursuing a career in the arts, disability services, and communications fields.

About NIAD Art Center

Now in its 41st year, NIAD Art Center promotes creative expression, independence, dignity, and community integration for adult artists with disabilities. NIAD provides a Virtual and Richmond-based studio and gallery space, programmed by and with NIAD artists. NIAD redefines contemporary art as an inclusive, accessible place for all.

NIAD does its work at the intersection of many exciting worlds. We partner with museums and galleries; disability justice activists; Richmond non-profits and neighbors; local, national and international curators and artists; NIAD artists’ families and caregivers; and anyone who comes through our doors. 

About NIAD Internships

NIAD Communications & Exhibitions Interns engage with these audiences directly, sharpening existing skills in a real-world context and building new capabilities in a supportive, inclusive environment. By carrying out short and long-term projects, daily tasks and special initiatives, our interns further NIAD’s mission and become lasting members of our joyful community.


Fall start date is flexible.

Submit cover letter and resume/CV to

This is a 6-8 hour per week paid internship with flexible hours, across 2-3 days per week, for a four month duration. The majority of working hours will be spent on site, with some flexibility for remote work. Support for occasional weekend receptions and events is expected. We offer a $2500 stipend.

Due to day program licensing requirements, applicants must be at least 19 years old.

If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please email or call 510 620 0290.

NIAD supports inclusivity and visibility in all areas of our working practices and spaces and wants to make sure that opportunities are accessible in all ways and that all voices are truly heard and contribute to our future. We actively encourage individuals from marginalized groups to apply, in particular those from traditionally under-represented groups, e.g., people with disabilities, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates. 

Communications Intern

What You’ll Bring to NIAD

  • Attention to detail
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Facebook, Meta, Instagram, TikTok
  • Familiarity with Apple computers, google applications, basic office equipment functions

Bonus skills

  • Photography/videography
  • Spanish language skills
  • ASL skills
  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience working in the disability community
  • Familiarity with the Bay Area arts community

What You’ll Practice at NIAD

All of the above, and

  • Digital photography and video (iMovie, kapwing, Canva)
  • Web and social analytics and metrics (google analytics, WordPress, strategy)
  • Website maintenance (blog entries, artist pages, updates)
  • PR/Marketing (designing digital assets, press lists, media releases, online event listings)
  • Community Outreach (designing outreach materials, recruiting curators, facilitating translation and interpretation, etc.)
  • Administrative (attending relevant staff meetings, invoicing, scanning and photocopying)
  • Accessibility (staying on top of best practices for digital accessibility, implementing accessibility practices across channels)

Sample Special Projects

  • NIAD History Emphasis: archiving ephemera, digital asset organization, research, interviews 
  • Curatorial Emphasis: working with individual artists to organize virtual exhibitions of NIAD work
  • Web Design Emphasis: revamping NIAD’s style guide; adding video, images, other media to enliven NIAD artist webpages 
  • Digital Accessibility Emphasis: deep dive into NIAD’s accessibility materials, ensuring ADA and WCAG compliance, authoring alt text and captioning videos

Exhibitions Intern

What You’ll Bring to NIAD

  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with power and hand tools.
  • Familiarity with and/or willingness to learn digital software: examples include e-commerce platforms, Salesforce, Quickbooks, image editing software, data entry and database maintenance, and point of sale applications.
  • Telephone and email etiquette; ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once and willingness to reorganize priorities when necessary.
  • Experience with and/or willingness to learn digital photography.
  • Love and knowledge of contemporary art and artworld.
  • Willingness to try new ideas and recognize when something is not working. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some weekend and evening hours.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.

Bonus skills

  • Spanish or another language is preferred but not required.
  • Driver’s license and transportation are preferred but not required.

What You’ll Practice at NIAD

23rd Street Galleries

Support the Art Marketing Team in producing exhibitions at the Art Center:

  • Assist with install/deinstall of shows at NIAD Art Center.
  • Assist in creating price sheets and online collections for exhibitions. 
  • Maintain wall surfaces at NIAD.
  • Assist in preparing back end of art receptions at the Art Center, procuring food and beverages, coordinating deejay or band, set up and takedown before/after each event.
  • Occasional support for exhibitions at satellite venues.
  • Support artist talks, events, and gallery hours for exhibitions in NIAD’s 23rd Street Galleries.

Inventory/Art Sales

Support the Art Marketing Team in maintaining records for inventory and art sales:

  • Assist in processing work for sale once it is received from the studio – ensure work is in good condition for sales, research titles, and assign inventory numbers.
  • Assist in photographing works of art for inventory as well as maintaining art in storage. 
  • Assist in creating and filing hi-res jpegs of all current NIAD artworks.
  • Assist in sorting down recent art. 
  • Maintain organization of artwork storage spaces and flat files.

As a member of the Art Marketing Team, provide support for art sales:

  • Receive and assist gallery visitors as needed, process in-person sales, and track online sales.
  • Provide inventory numbers and data on sales to Art Marketing Team to ensure inventory records are up to date.
  • Assist in entering art sales in database.
  • Assist in preparing artworks for shipping.
  • Assist in maintaining records of artists’ appearances in online, on-site, and off-site exhibitions.