As a Sanctuary for Independent Media intern, you will gain experience in a nonprofit community media and arts center setting and learn how media, art, and activism intersect to connect and build community. Sanctuary internships vary widely, depending on your interests and our needs. Check out our people power page to see real life experiences as an intern.

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  • Self-motivation and reliability.
  • Interest in non-commercial community media.
  • Ability to work, collaborating with a diverse community.

Academic credit is available upon request, but the internship is not limited to students. We may also be able to work with you to arrange an independent study for credit.

Schedules will vary from semester to semester. Ideally interns will work for blocks of time (4-6 hours) 1 or 2 days a week during office hours. Evening and weekend hours during events are also encouraged. We will talk with you about your availability after you have applied.

Internship areas of focus

Radio Interns – Engineering, hosting and producing news.
Event staff – Staffing the door, cafe, helping with set-up, etc during events.
Video ninjas – Shooting, editing, compressing, and posting videos.
Web site updating – Blogging, adding events and photos to our website.
Tech infrastructure – Maintain and troubleshoot tech equipment.
Social networking – Updating the community via our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Outreach – Connecting with community about events and collaborations.
Archiving – Organizing materials in our archive and database.
Organization – Maintaining our physical space, organizing materials, and events.
Nonprofit administration – Maintaining our donor and volunteer databases, etc.

Internship Benefits

  • Free admission to events and workshops (during your internship).
  • Access to media production equipment (for projects related to The Sanctuary).
  • Training on media equipment (as we are able).
  • Seeing the inner workings of a grassroots nonprofit.
  • Meeting interesting artists and activists.

How To Apply
Submit a resume and a cover letter to Steve Pierce. In your letter, please explain your interest in the internship, how you learned of it, and its relevance to your interests (academically, professionally, personally). Please indicate which of the outlined areas of focus you’re most interesting in working and your availability.

Send to:
Steve Pierce – pierce(at)
-or- The Sanctuary for Independent Media Attn: Internship Program PO BOX 35 Troy, NY 12181
With questions, call: 518.272.2390

Applications are accepted at any time but we encourage you to submit an application at least one month before the beginning of an internship, which typically begin in January, June, and September.