Community Collaboration/Kids Camp Internship

Community Collaboration/Kids Camp Internship

Position Summary

The intern will provide classroom and administrative support for Kids Camp activities. The intern will also have the opportunity to design and implement a special art program in August in collaboration with a local community organization.

The position begins in mid-June and ends in early-August, 2020. The position is full time (approximately 40 hours/week). The intern will work intensively with up to 12 teaching artists, experiencing a variety of teaching styles, techniques and approaches to instruction. Kids Camp serves youth ages 3 to 18 in weeklong half and full-day formats.

A Penland internship offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and to work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. A $500 stipend for work is included. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period, with an additional $75 food allowance provided for each week of the internship that the Pines dining hall is closed. Class and studio access is not provided.

Penland will work with applicants seeking educational credit for the internship. Details can be discussed in the interview process.


  • Assist with Kids Camp activities, including processing student materials, managing check-in and out of students, documenting camp activities through photos, assisting instructors as needed with teaching and supervision of students, collecting and summarizing camp evaluations, and supervising cleanup at the end of camp sessions (mid-June through early August).
  • Design and implement a community-based youth workshop or series of workshops in consultation with the Manager of Community Collaboration.


Intern should:

  • Have strong interest in arts education
  • Have experience working with children
  • Possess outstanding written and verbal communications
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Have the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Have the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at one time
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively in a diverse work environment
  • Be diplomatic
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be flexible

Physical Demands

This position requires the applicant to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, reach above their head, have use of fine and gross motor skills, and work in close quarters. The applicant must have normal visual acuity at near and far distance with correction and hear the spoken word with correction. The applicant must be fluent in English. The position demands frequent exposure to inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the applicant is regularly required to sit and work at a computer. The applicant is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and talk fluently. The applicant must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects weighing up to 75 pounds.

To Apply

Penland School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

The internship will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by February 1, 2020. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the internship, personal contact information and email contact information for at least 3 references to Stacey Lane, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37 Penland, NC 28765 or


Penland School of Craft is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 57 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 68. Penland operates with a $44 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million. We offer several internships throughout the year. Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.