Do you have a interest for fashion and are you inspired in thinking about current social issues surrounding fashion? Then we are looking for you!

We at State of Fashion are looking for an intern for our Programme Team, for the period mid January until the end of June 2024. We are looking for an intern for 4 days a week, from Monday to Thursday.

State of Fashion is a fashion platform where alternatives to the current fashion system are given a stage. Explicit and outspoken we connect fashion to the social issues and challenges of our time: inclusivity and fair practice, the impact of globalisation and the climate crisis. The central question is: how can fashion contribute to a better world?

In all our activities, we bring together visionary ideas from home and abroad and explore with our audience alternatives to the dominant industrial fashion system, which causes pollution and inequality worldwide. Once every two years we organise a large-scale public event through which we build on the legacy of the Arnhem Mode Biennale, with a changing team of international curators, exploring issues and engaging audiences in their own unique way.

State of Fashion 2024 | Ties that Bind
The upcoming edition of State of Fashion Biennale, titled Ties that Bind, curated by curators Louise Bennetts and Rachel Dedman, will take place from May 16 to June 30, 2024 in Arnhem. This third edition of the State of Fashion Biennial will be decentralised and held in four locations; the home venue in Arnhem and – starting in early 2024 – in three international sister sites on different continents in the Global South. Global South. In each of these sister cities, the experienced curators/makers Sunny Dolat (Nairobi, Kenya), Kallol Datta (Bangalore, India) and Hanayrá Negreiros (São Paulo, Brazil) have been invited to serve as Interlocutors (conversation partners) to develop a programme in their own local contexts. Together with Louise Bennetts and Rachel Dedman, they form the Biennale 2024 curatorial team.

The program has a focus on presenting contemporary work by fashion and textile makers, designers, artists and/or makers originating from the Global South. The title Ties that Bind reflects the structure of this edition; we focus on connecting people, places and stories from around the world. As a result, it makes us realise what we have in common and what we share. It also refers to weaving and creating fabric and material.

The position
As a Programme Team intern, you will be involved from the moment we enter the ‘production’ phase up to and including the period when the Biennale actually takes place in Arnhem. In this way you will be involved throughout the entire process and you will be involved from A to Z, in which you will have a broad assisting role on behalf of our Programme Team. This means that we will jointly realise the concept of exhibition and public programming. We will be in contact with creators from all over the world to present their work in the context of the Biennale 2024 in the best possible way. As a team, we will monitor the quality of the curators’ concept. A hands-on mentality is therefore a requirement.

In terms of tasks you can think of;
– administrative support, including for example processing planning programs and taking minutes.
– supporting the Head of Program and the Program Coordinator in the realisation of the main exhibition and the public program in Arnhem as taking care of documentation, planning and making overviews.
– support the State of Fashion Team in daily (hands on) activities

You are:
– strong in working with and supporting colleagues
– stress resistant and flexible
– you feel at home in a small, ambitious organisation that thinks big
– you have an interest for fashion
– third- or fourth-year college or university student
– curious, eager to learn and creative
– you have a good command of the Dutch and English language in word and writing
– you have a good command of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator

We offer:
– an instructive and dynamic work environment where assertiveness and creativity are highly valued
– you will be part of a small but very enterprising team
– an independent position with a lot of freedom and responsibility
– the opportunity to build your (international) network
– an internship remuneration of €200 gross per month + travel allowance (if you live outside Arnhem)

Send your short motivation and CV before 1 December 2023 to for the attention of
Astrid Ubbink, mentioning internship Programme.

For more information please contact us via telephone number + 31 (0)26 303 1940.