Jobs & Internships


Materials for the Arts is seeking motivated, enthusiastic individuals to intern during our Fall Internship Session. Materials for the Arts (MFTA), a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is New York City’s premiere municipal reuse center. MFTA, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education, provides a way for companies and individuals to donate unneeded supplies to its members: New York City public schools, non-profits with arts programming, and other New York City agencies.  Friends of Materials for the Arts is MFTA’s nonprofit partner that guides and supports educational and cultural programming, warehouse operations, and other initiatives of Materials for the Arts.

Internship candidates must possess strong writing and interpersonal skills; they must be highly motivated, creative, team player and be able to multi-task. Have a keen interest in public sector, non-profits and arts organizations. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, internet research, databases and or data entry is a plus.

Internship Details

Materials for the Arts requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week, sometime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This internship is unpaid, but offers a metro card reimbursement for four or more consecutive hours of work per day. Materials for the Arts internship may be eligible for college credit.

Available Positions and Start Dates:

Front Office Intern – Fall
The Office Management Department is responsible for maintaining office machines and supplies; processing recipient applications; activating new recipient accounts; and ensuring that phone and email inquiries are handled in a professional and timely manner. We are currently seeking an Office Intern that will assist the Office Administrator with new recipient applications, incoming phone calls, responding to email inquiries, maintaining office and kitchen space. The Office Management Intern must have a keen attention to detail, be personable, and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Donations Intern – Fall
Each year, more than 1,500 companies and individuals support Materials for the Arts by donating un-needed materials & supplies.  The Donations team is responsible for securing material donations, scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs, managing our online Direct Donations service, processing tax letters and creating an online presence. The donations intern will assist with new prospecting for material donations, updating donor accounts, respond to donor inquiries and manage donor and invoice files. This internship is ideal for someone who is personable, detail-oriented and highly organized with experience in in-kind donations outreach, database management, research and communication.

Education Intern – Fall
Our Education Department at MFTA offers programming focused on creative reuse by making art with readily available materials and the ever-changing MFTA warehouse inventory. The department hosts programs, organizes exhibitions of recipient artwork at MFTA Gallery, and sends teaching artists into the community to share the art of reuse. The Education Intern will assist with teaching workshops to student groups, engage in curriculum development, and assist with the MFTA gallery and Mixed Media Artist Showcases. The Education Intern will also perform administrative duties, such as bookings, planning events, planning workshops and speaking with MFTA recipients.

To Apply for Any internship
Please send a cover letter and resume to Please indicate your internship preferences in the subject line. Every resume is carefully reviewed, but please note only candidates who closely complement the requirements of the position will be contacted directly. If you have any questions, please call 718-729-2042.