The Blue Mountain Center (BMC) seeks enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals for internships during the Fall portion of our 2022 season (positions are available late August through mid-November). Interns must commit to a stay of at least two months.
Housed on occupied Haudenoshonee and Anishinaabe Land amidst 1,600 acres of Adirondack wilderness, Blue Mountain Center (BMC) was repurposed from a private 19th century golf course resort and family estate into a social justice oriented artist residency and conference program in 1982. Today BMC offers a unique refuge to artists, activists, organizers and cultural workers who produce transformative work for their times. The impact of BMC’s resources and programming has supported the work of many artists and cultural workers, has catalyzed movements at crucial moments, and has granted necessary rest and rejuvenation to change makers in need of respite.
This year, our 2022 Residency season consists of 3 sessions a year of 13 residents each, spanning medium and genre including but not limited to: fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers, composers, visual artists and activists. Our Fall retreat and conference season is made up of week to weekend-length gatherings. BMC conferences and retreats typically include a mix of movement building gatherings, cross-silo and issue based discussions, organizational retreats and and convening of cultural workers who share a creative and/or thematic focus.
Running BMC requires a team of dedicated staff who each align with our mission in their own way. As hosts, decision makers, program shapers, cooks, innkeepers and groundskeepers the BMC staff work interdependently to offer a nurturing environment. We strive to integrate all aspects of the physical, emotional and mental labor of our work with our vision for a more liberated, creative, caring world. Our approach to hospitality prioritizes both individual and collective wellbeing, and is based on a shared spirit of responsiveness and generosity. We strive for an approach to hospitality that does not default to front of the house/back of the house dynamics, but rather honors and integrates the essential contributions of all members of our community.
Interning at BMC is a great way for any person interested in living and working in community while learning about the day-to-day operations of a residential non-profit organization that supports creative and socially engaged work. BMC interns are important members of the BMC community and are responsible for helping to manage the smooth flow of our programming along with three other residential program staff. The work is varied and typically combines administrative, hosting, light maintenance/grounds-keeping tasks and kitchen work. Special interests (i.e organic gardening, archival projects, social media, writing, artist support) can also be prioritized in a given intern’s workload as time allows.
Prior experience is not necessary, but a background in the arts and/or activism, experience working in hospitality/ food service/gardening, a love of the outdoors, and administrative and basic computer skills are all assets. Qualified applicants will display enthusiasm, a positive attitude and ability to thrive in a communal living environment.
A NOTE ON COVID 19 PROTOCOLS:
Following a year long closure due to Covid-19 in 2020, our program and operations adapted to follow CDC health and safety guidelines. This year we continue to follow strict Covid protocols while staying committed to our community values. We are happy to set up an informational call with serious applicants to share more information about how we are safely running BMC this year.
The Blue Mountain Center (BMC) seeks enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals for internships during the Fall portion of our 2022 season (positions are available late August through mid-November). Interns must commit to a stay of at…
A room in the Main House (private sink; shared bathroom), all meals and snacks, limited use of BMC cars and full use of laundry, boats etc. and travel costs to and from BMC are also included. Interns are also encouraged to participate in the many social perks of living and working at BMC (resident presentations, discussions, bonfires, outdoor excursions, etc.)
A room in the Main House (private sink; shared bathroom), all meals and snacks, limited use of BMC cars and full use of laundry, boats etc. and travel costs to and from BMC are also included…