Aperture Foundation/Burden Gallery

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Excellent internship

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Former Intern - Finance in New York, NY
Former Intern - Finance in New York, NY

I worked at Aperture Foundation/Burden Gallery as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
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Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

- Very family-like people
- relaxed, laid-back environment with 2 cats
- understanding and considerate staff

Cons

- obviously low stipends but all the art-related internships have no stipends at all

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  1. People who love photography

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    Former Employee - Work Scholar in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Work Scholar in New York, NY

    I worked at Aperture Foundation/Burden Gallery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone there loves photography and has a lot of fun talking about it and discussing it. Some of my most interesting conversations on the subject happened there. It's a thrilling place to be. If you love photography, you'll love spending your nights and weekends with creatives and conversationalists... but if you don't, you might just be frustrated with the lack of personal time.

    Cons

    As with NGO's everywhere, the questions of funding can be a little overbearing. Overall though, I was extremely pleased with how true to their mission they were.


  2. Negative environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aperture Foundation/Burden Gallery full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Doesn't Recommend
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    Pros

    Outstanding projects. They work with top photographers and writers and have a very impressive list of books and shows.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment. Staff juggling too many projects at once, trying to keep partners and board members happy, which creates a volatile culture in which there's a lot of sniping and finger pointing. Internal communication is poor, even though there are way too many meetings. Exec director takes a confrontational tone with the staff--this is an arts nonprofit, not Harvard Law School--and I didn't see this bring out the best in most people. I've never worked in a place where staffers were so on edge and defensive. Pay is low compared to the industry.

    Advice to Management

    People enter this field because of their interest in and passion for the photographic arts and literature, you should not quash that spark by micromanaging and putting staff on the defensive. Good work can result from a collaborative environment. Pitting people against each other makes for very low morale.


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