First off, here is a list of places to start looking. I am assembling a list of tips for later today. Ok, here are some resources that I recommend:
This is a search of NYC using the Internmatch site.
This is an okay resource, but consider the source: it’s free and so is attractive to smaller places with less of a budget. Nevertheless, you can look here, just choose your area, then “art/media/design jobs” as the area, then search within those results for internships.
Don’t limit your search to Manhattan: Brooklyn’s DUMBO area is one of the hottest tech areas out there, with loads of small and rising studios doing great work. I teach really close by, so if you get an interview, maybe we can meet up for coffee before or after to talk about the experience.
This is a service that offers free and paid levels of service. Try it out for free first and let me know what you think. I do not know it well.
Working for non-profits can still be paid, as can positions for arts organizations. It’s a great way to combine your interests in design and art in a way that pays rent.
Once again, this is a service my students have used in the past. Try it out and tell me what you think.