Studio Arts Practicum
Job Overview

Studio Arts Practicum through Natalie Abrams Studio, is a program designed to expose serious art students and those interested in a fine arts career to working in fully functioning, professional artist studios. Our goal is to give individuals the opportunity to shadow a professional artist; learn business basics, researching calls, grants and opportunities, assist with artwork, preparation for exhibition, and a host of tasks. Come peer behind the veil and experience the reality and understand the demanding nature of a career in the arts.

Based on your areas of interest, we will try to match you up with an appropriate artist. Please think carefully about your area of interest, schedule and availability prior to applying. Internships can last up to 4 months, or longer if agreed upon by both intern and mentor. This is an unpaid practicum. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, organized, creative and passionate about assisting the artist to create their work. We are looking for interns to commit to at least two days a week, 4 hours a day. We will work to accommodate your schedule to the best of our ability, but please understand, these are professional working studios with high expectations. It is vital for our practicum interns to challenge themselves to meet our enthusiasm. This is a great opportunity for a graduate or undergraduate student looking to gain hands-on experience from a professional artist. Interns may be asked to sign an NDA by their mentors.


  • Arrive on time, ready to work and work until the scheduled end of shift (with the exception of breaks determined at the beginning of your practicum).
  • Bring any allergies or health issues to the attention of your mentor.
  • Stay off your phone. Your mentor’s time is valuable, and you have an opportunity to work with them. Take it.
  • Bring a notebook to work every session to take notes and record work.
  • Dress in clothes which are practical and comfortable for hands-on work, including closed toed shoes and clothing that can be easily washed.
  • Actively engage in the assigned tasks, ask questions if something is not clear, and be organized, honest and respectful. Ask questions.
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  • Upon completion of your practicum, you will receive a questionnaire regarding your experience during the internship. Please help us develop this program by filling out and returning.

The type of work which may be performed:

  • Daily administrative tasks as assigned by artist.
  • Assisting artist with the research, use of materials, as well as production.
  • Art handling, photography and photo editing.
  • Helping to maintain a clean and organized studio.
  • Interns may be given opportunities to attend installations, special events, and other offsite business.
  • Helping with customer service as needed in studio and at various functions, pop-ups and happenings.

Natalie Abrams has been a full time professional sculptor Natalie Abrams is an American sculptor and jewelry designer, who has exhibited nationally at Pentimenti Gallery, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Redux Contemporary Art Center, City Ice Arts, Glass Wheel Studio, the Boston Center for the Arts, and numerous other distinguished galleries. Ms Abrams has been awarded several coveted residencies including the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Escape to Create and the Jentel Foundation. Abrams Wearable was included as a featured designer in the Spring/Summer 2020 District of Fashion Runway Show at the Smithsonian. Natalie’s main studio currently resides inside the legendary Torpedo Factory Art Center, just outside Washington DC. 

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