The IAAC is a 501©3 not-for-profit arts organization passionately dedicated to celebrating, showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of artists from the Indian subcontinent in the performing, visual and literary arts. We are primarily a volunteer organization and manage our exciting events through equally passionate, dedicated volunteers and interns.

Interns and volunteers learn unbelievably exciting skills by working hands on on all projects, become part of a warm, inviting, friendly, cooperative family, and are encouraged to attend all IAAC events free of charge. All Interns are thanked and acknowledged for their specific responsibilities in our event brochures. Interns must realize there is a lot of grunge work as well as glamorous fun stuff.

Interns may receive college credit and are given metrocards for travel to and from the IAAC. Interns are paired with mentors who ensure the experience is mutually gainful for both parties.

Volunteers will work on events and festivals, learn about all the artistic disciplines, be given responsibilities, become part of a fun family, meet exciting people, participate and get involved in IAAC events and festivals, learn event management and network with amazing talent.

Interns are required for:

Erasing Borders: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora.
This is an ongoing exhibition that travels to several galleries and museums all year.

Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance. This is an annual three day event scheduled in August and September with Outdoor and indoor performances, master classes, workshops, lec-dems, panels, films on dance.

Playwrights Festival and theatrical productions. This festival will be resurrected this year. Individual theatrical productions and Stand Up Comedy are programmed thru the year.

(NYIFF) New York Indian Film Festival: An annual film festival celebrating arthouse, alternate, independent and diaspora films from the Indian subcontinent – feature films, documentaries and short films. Five days of red carpet galas, premiere screenings, retrospectives, Industry panels, post-screening discussions, special events, Award ceremony, opening and closing night gala celebrations.

IAAC Literary Festival: features work by authors whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent, as well as those who have written about a subject connected to any aspect of that part of the world. Veteran and emerging authors are featured along with publishers and literary agents in order to create exciting discussions surrounding the various genres and themes represented.

IAAC Music Concerts: these are scheduled thru the year with individual artists: instrumental and vocal.

Interns will
  • Assist the Director in all aspects of events/festival organization
  • Be given significant responsibility
  • Commit to a regular schedule of approximately 16-30 hours a week
  • Have administrative duties
  • Connect with the artists
  • Manage social media
  • Research
  • Web production, uploading
  • Work on publicity, liason, outreach, marketing, online
  • Organize and complete event binders
  • Catalogue and organize film, art, dance,literature, theatre, music archives
  • Record audio and video
  • Be familiar with internet, the web, design, social media
  • Be responsible for schedules, meetings, receptions
  • Write grant proposals
  • Work on all aspects of that specific festival/exhibition/event along with the relevant Director.
  • Interns must be committed and responsible. Once they have set their dates and times, they will be required to be present in the office from 10 am to 5 pm on each of the days stated and agreed.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with both PC and MAC platforms
  • Knowledge and familiarity with social media;
  • Experience in video-editing, using Final Cut Pro, handling PA systems, microphone, still and video cameras and video projectors helpful.
  • Proficiency with photoshop, indesign and illustrator a plus
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Passionate, dedicated, quick learners
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Available to work evenings and weekends if necessary
  • Ethical, professional attitude

College credits (if applicable)
Attend IAAC arts and cultural events free
Receive metrocard for local transportation
Learn arts management through hands-on experience
Learn details of event planning
Network with artists in all disciplines
Become part of the IAAC family

How to apply:

Email resume, cover letter, all contact information,why you want to intern with the IAAC & your specific area of interest to with subject line: Internship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Thank you.
Indo-American Arts Council, 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10016. Phone: 212 951 7395 Website:

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