Art and Image Research Internship at Tikkun Magazine

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Tikkun is a magazine dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. We build bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society — one whose institutions are reconstructed on the basis of love, generosity, nonviolence, social justice, and caring for nature. Our founding editor, Rabbi Michael Lerner, also leads Beyt Tikkun, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tikkun brings together progressive Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, secular humanist, and agnostic/atheist voices to talk about social transformation and strategies for political and economic democratization. These authors discuss the best ways to support the evolution of consciousness needed to save our planet from environmental destruction and from the perversion of human relations generated by the globalization of selfishness and materialism popularly known as capitalist globalization. In this way, Tikkun creates space for the emergence of a Religious Left that can not only counter the power of the Religious Right.

We publish a print magazine four times a year, publish web-only articles at, and manage a collaborative blog site at Our office is based in downtown Berkeley, CA.


Tikkun's internships are an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain significant experience in magazine editing, image research, reviewing submissions, and proofing. Most internships last a minimum of three months, and we generally ask for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Interns who specialize on image research at Tikkun engage deeply with the question of how to illustrate articles about politics, social change, and spirituality. They work on our national magazine and on our website, generating illustration ideas and conducting image research. They play a central role in finding imagery for use on our multimedia blog site, which features regular photo essays and art galleries. In the art world these days, it is quite difficult to find images that are not only artistically strong but also have social content. We need images that critique the pretensions and cruelties of our materialistic and self-centered culture. We also need artwork about peace, spirituality, hope, and social transformation that is NOT sappy, corny, or part of a New Age aesthetic. Interns are encouraged to scour museums, galleries, artists’ websites, and online image libraries to find these sorts of images. Art interns develop relationships with freelance artists, obtain permission to reprint images, and brainstorm ways to illustrate the complex concepts often explored by articles in the magazine and on the magazine’s website. Interns with strong art skills may also be encouraged to create original illustrations for publication in the magazine.


We prefer candidates with a background in illustration or graphic design but are willing to consider others with the appropriate expertise. Here is what we’re looking for:

* An understanding of the magazine’s particular worldview. To illustrate the magazine effectively, you must first understand its raison d’etre.

* Creativity and persistence. You must have the creativity to come with illustration concepts and the persistence to find images that we can obtain permission to use.

* Self-motivation and organizational skills. You must be capable of putting out a call for art submissions and then compiling an in-house database of drawings and paintings connected to the main themes of the magazine.

* Familiarity with preparing images for the Web and using Adobe Photoshop.

* People skills help! Could you work with a college art professor to engage her students in grappling with the challenge of illustrating Tikkun?

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