Kayrock offers 1-3 month internships for currently enrolled undergraduate students who are interested in learning about screenprinting and design.
I want to say a big thank you to all of you for an internship experience that surpassed all my expectations. This summer I learnt about printing, binding, framing and print shop management but best of all I got to develop relationships with all of you. Through conversations with you all I gained knowledge about the printmaking industry and the art world in general. You connected me with resources and contacts, and really boosted my confidence as I look towards beginning my career after graduation. I am very proud of the work I was able to make at your studio and feel inspired and energized to create more prints this semester. I will definitely be recommending your internship program to fellow students here at UNC.
I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend my internship in my last school semester. The staff is so awesome and so helpful and they create the coolest stuff! I learned so much about printing processes and was able to work on some of my own work as well while helping out around the studio. For my Fine Art FIT thesis show I used the studio to screen print on small pieces of wood and leaves which surrounded some oil painted pieces of wood. They really helped my final project come together and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome! After printing on wood I used my same mandala design from the wood and made some really awesome bandanas, as well as printed a new design on shirts! I am so appreciative of the help I received which allowed me to be able to experiment with different colors, and with the metallic foils. Overall I am beyond happy with the new screen printing knowledge, experience, and prints I was able to take home with me after my three months at Kayrock!
Working at Kayrock was a very beneficial experience for me. They gave me the opportunity to design and print my own book and helped me learn each step of the process from printing to trimming to binding. It was a great environment to work in and everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful. I’m happy I got a chance to work here, I learned a lot. instagram
To be completely honest, working at Kayrock was the best internship experience that I've ever had! I would bike from my house on the Upper West Side to Greenpoint nearly every day that I worked. (Except when it rained or I wanted to bring my skateboard to skate at Mccaren Skatepark after work.) It was a really great workout and adventure. Everyone at Kayrock was so nice and helpful when working on my solo project or when I had questions about the work they had me do. My daily tasks included: cleaning out / reclaiming screens, putting emulsion on screens, book binding, unloading the racks, catching shirts that came out of the curing belt, packaging greeting cards, and prepping the stock for fairs. I got to learn the process of book binding, wood frame building in the wood shop, and how to work with plastisol inks. I also learned how to screen print on various materials like bandanas, tote bags, hoodies, and notebooks.
In my spare time, when I wasn't helping out around the shop, I gathered some wood from the dumpster and built a portable t-shirt/tote bag press inspired by the ones that Kayrock uses for their live printing workshops. My final project was printing bandanas, hoodies, and t-shirts for a graphic design branding project that I had made in school, a couple months before I started working at Kayrock. The project was called "Housewife Skateboards," which was aimed towards female skateboarders that were fed up with buying pink and cutesy floral graphics on shirts/boards. Although I didn't get to print on skateboards during my time at Kayrock, I still got to pump out some branded clothing using the multi armed press! website, instagram
I am Nici from Germany. It has always been my dream to live in New York City for a while and Kayrock Screenprinting made this dream come true. I absolved a three month internship in Summer 2017. It was always a fun time at the shop. Everyone was very helpful and I got to make two own projects. I decided to make tote bags with a skyline print. One with the skyline of New York as a souvenir and one of a skyline of Munich, my hometown. I am grateful that I was able to have such a memorable experience at Kayrock Screenprinting and love to look back. linkedin, instagram
KayRock was an absolutely amazing experience. The staff was so helpful and knew how to help me with every concern/question I had about screen printing. Everyone was so kind and loving it truly felt like I was part of the team for a short period of time. Time just kind of flew by every time I was working in the Kayrock Studio. I think I printed on about fifty shirts in the studio and each pull was simply blissful. I would work with the Kayrock team over and over again if I had the chance to. instagram
I had so much fun printing the strawberry repeat pattern of my dreams at Kayrock! I am forever grateful for the help I received on my project as well as the opportunity to get to know many inspiring printmakers. website, instagram
Kayrock was my first printmaking experience outside of college after getting my BFA from Cooper. I found it very inspiring to see women very involved in the shop and running things. I really enjoyed shadowing Janice while she printed on the automatic paper press. It was my first experience seeing an automatic silkscreen press in action and she was always explaining things to watch out for, areas to monitor, etc. I also really appreciated Leslie explaining how to print yardage and assisting me in my project while I was at Kayrock. website, instagram