Become an Intern at Eighth Generation (2015)

March 31, 2015

Do you want to learn what it takes to be a full time artist? Do you want to participate in the development of highly unique products from scratch through to distribution? This is your opportunity to get exposure to ideas, networks, and processes that usually take decades to develop.

Jorge (Intern) and Kelly (Voluneer) prep a painting for the Wing Luke Museum

We offer a dynamic hands-on learning experience that will be partially defined by your own skill set and interests.   You will work closely with Louie as he develops numerous projects, supporting him on tasks suited to your skill set and interests while providing thoughtful analysis related to artwork, fashion and/or marketplace. Throughout this experience, you will be encouraged to explore your own artwork and ideas with support from Louie.

We are looking for self-starters with a strong interest in arts entrepreneurship to work alongside Louie Gong and Eighth Generation’s small group of dedicated staff and volunteers. The possibilities for this internship are broad, so we will work with the selected intern to establish a job description that matches their established skill set and interests. If you’re interested in applying, simply send your resume and an informal statement of interest (writing counts!) to before April 20th, 2015.  Please use the subject line "2015 Internship."

Internship Basics

  • 3 month duration w/ flexible start and end dates, possibility of employment post internship
  • $1000 - $1500 stipend, depending on qualifications
  • Part time with negotiable hours
  • College credits possible
  • Applicants of all backgrounds encouraged to apply


  • Awareness of Eighth Generation and Louie Gong’s work
  • Demonstrated interest in art and/or entrepreneurship
  • Strong work ethic required to keep up with Louie and Eighth Generation staff
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement
  • Transportation preferred but not required
  • Residence in Washington State required. Greater Seattle area residence preferred
  • Basic familiarity with Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator preferred
  • 18+ only please

Possible Responsibilities

  • Studio Maintenance
  • Production Support
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Product research
  • Design Support

*An individualized agreement will be developed to clearly define Internship responsibilities, hours, stipend amount and the expectations of Eighth Generation.

*This is a competitive process, and there will be no special consideration for cousins, friends of friends or any other perceived in-roads.

 Past Intern Testimonial

Interning with Eighth Generation was an amazing educational and inspirational opportunity that has provided me with hands-on experience in entrepreneurial business development. Assisting in product development and social media management, I’ve learned first-hand the strategies and practices in business branding, establishing a voice, maintaining brand integrity and ethics, and developing products integrated with the look, style, and mission of the Eighth Generation brand. In the midst of these invaluable lessons, I’ve also learned more about myself, regarding my strengths, skills, interests, passions, and identity. I learned about controversies and conversations surrounding cultural appropriation in the art industry, private business industry, and in society in general. I’ve come to understand that I am passionate about these issues and am eager to join the conversation in whichever creative form of expression that I can. I’ve realized that avenues towards your ultimate goal or ambition—mine to join the conversation of mixed-race issues, to write a historical fiction about mixed heritage, or to create my own online Hawai’i fashion magazine including subjects of mixed race and issues in Hawai’i—will probably not be a straightforward path. Sometimes paths that seem most unlikely are the very ones that will help you most in achieving your goal. - Ray, Eighth Generation Intern (2013)

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