'Preservation through Education'
At Hatch Show Print we offer four different paid internship sessions throughout the calendar year, 6 or 8 weeks in length that will give participants a hands-on, in-depth look into a production letterpress design and print shop. We also offer a brief 2-week unpaid professional development program, geared toward working professionals interested in a taste of letterpress printing. We are able to accept up to four interns per session. These positions are open to both students and non-students.
In each internship session, participants are taught the process of traditional letterpress printing from the ground up. Letterpress printing experience is not required. Interns begin by learning about the wood and metal type in our collection through redistributing type from completed poster jobs. Moving forward, instruction turns to the basics of typesetting, letterpress poster design, and the printing process. Interns have the unique opportunity to work with our extensive collection of type and imagery to design and print custom letterpress posters for real clients. Interns are an integral part of our shop. The internship is first and foremost an educational opportunity. Completing an internship at Hatch Show Print does not lead to full-time employment.
Housing, meals and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. If help is needed to find housing, we are happy to give some guidance.
Hatch Show Print student intern applicants may apply for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Field Forward program. Field Forward is a living and relocation stipend—offered to select candidates in addition to the paid internship—that supports students who identify as traditionally underrepresented in cultural arts careers and students with demonstrated financial need. More information about Field Forward is available here.
How to Apply
We do NOT accept email applications. Applicants must mail in a physical portfolio, along with a cover letter and resume. Do not send in any jump drives, CDs, floppy disks or any other kind of digital witchcraft. It will most certainly never get looked at.
Applicants should submit 10-15 pieces in their portfolio. The work does not have to be letterpress, or even printmaking for that matter. All forms of graphic design and fine art are welcome. It is not mandatory to include original prints in the portfolio. Digitally printed photographs of the work will be accepted. Printed material should be printed on quality paper using a semi-professional printer.
Please include on your application which internship session you will be applying for.
Send applications to:
Hatch Show Print
Attn: Intern Wrangler
224 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203
If you want your work returned to you, include a self-addressed AND stamped/postage paid envelope with your portfolio. Otherwise, we cannot promise that you will ever see what you send us again.
Hatch Show Print Internship Dates
2023 Internship Dates
WINTER 2022 | Spots held for accepted interns
SPRING | February 20th – March 31st
SUMMER A | May 15th – June 23rd
SUMMER B | July 10th – August 18th
FALL 2022 | September 11th – October 20th
WINTER 2023 | December 4th – December 15th
Applications are due two months prior to the starting date of the session you are applying for, but early applications are encouraged.