Art Intern

  • Job Description:
    Art interns at Tikkun engage deeply with the question of how to illustrate articles about politics, social change, and spirituality. They work on our national nonprofit magazine and on our website, generating illustration ideas and conducting image research. They play a central role in finding imagery for use on our new multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily, which features regular photo essays and art galleries. In the art world these days, it is quite difficult to find images that are not only artistically strong but also have social content. We need images that critique the pretensions and cruelties of our materialistic and self-centered culture. We also need artwork about peace, spirituality, hope, and social transformation that is NOT sappy, corny, or part of a New Age aesthetic. Interns are encouraged to scour museums, galleries, artists' websites, and online image libraries to find these sorts of images. Art interns work on a part-time volunteer basis with the editors in Berkeley, where they develop relationships with freelance artists, obtain permission to reprint images, and brainstorm ways to illustrate the complex concepts often explored by articles in the magazine and on the magazine's website. Interns with strong art skills may also be encouraged to try their hand at creating original illustrations to be considered for publication in the magazine.
  • Position: Internship
  • Area of Focus: Illustration
  • City: San Francisco
  • Region: BayArea
  • Duration: Part-time
  • About Our Company: Tikkun is a magazine dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. We build bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society — one whose institutions are reconstructed on the basis of love, generosity, nonviolence, social justice, caring for nature, and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe.
  • Company: Tikkun Magazine
  • Contact Address: 2342 Shattuck Ave. #1200 Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Contact
  • Contact Name: Michael Lerner
  • How to Apply: Send a cover letter explaining why you would like to take part in this internship program to Also send a resume and the names and phone numbers of at least two references whom we may contact. If we are interested in your application, we will contact you and ask you to complete an additional assignment. No phone calls please.
  • Job Requirements: We prefer candidates with a background in illustration or graphic design but are willing to consider others with the appropriate expertise. Here is what we’re looking for: * An understanding of the magazine’s particular worldview. To illustrate the magazine effectively, you must first understand its raison d’etre. * Creativity and persistence. You must have the creativity to come with illustration concepts and the persistence to find images that we can obtain permission to use. * Self-motivation and organizational skills. You must be capable of putting out a call for art submissions and then compiling an in-house database of drawings and paintings connected to the main themes of the magazine. * Familiarity with preparing images for the Web and using Adobe Photoshop. * People skills help! Could you work with a college art professor to engage her students in grappling with the challenge of illustrating Tikkun?
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