Internship opportunities

Americans for the Arts seeks interns…

Be Part of the Work to Ensure Access to the Arts and Arts Education for All Americans

Americans for the Arts recognizes that on-the-job experience can play an important role in advancing the careers of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders. Likewise, we know that arts organization benefit from the creativity and curiosity of students and professionals who join The arts and culture management field. Our internship programs takes great care to offer opportunities that make the most of those mutual goals. We also hope to create relationships that last well beyond any single project or term. We welcome your application and look forward to learning more about your interests and aspirations.

Summer 2019 Internships

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2019 Internships.  Additional details and full job descriptions are available in the links below.  Click them directly to apply today!

Application Deadline: March 25, 2019

Available Internships

  1. Arts Education
  2. Arts Policy
  3. Leadership Alliances
  4. Membership
  5. Research Services

Internship Information

  • Hours: Up to 30 hours per week
  • Start Date: May 29th, 2019 (Orientation Day)
  • End Date: Week of August 2, 2019
  • Compensation: Paid, hourly
  • Location: Washington, DC office
  • Weekly Schedule: Flexible, determined with Intern Supervisor

Program Details

The Americans for the Arts Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts in America. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects, and group collaborations, interns become integral members of our team. Interns are expected to participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work, all the while preparing to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.

In addition to being a part of their departmental team within a professional office environment, interns will have the opportunity to meet everyone at Americans for the Arts and learn how each department works towards the organization’s mission.  Additional program benefits include; professional development opportunities; informational interviews with contacts in the field; site visits to arts agencies and national arts organizations; peer-to-peer networking; and career counseling including resume/cover letter/interview evaluation and review.

Leadership Discussions
Day-to-day participation in the organization is augmented by special sessions in which senior staff share the inside view of their work at Americans for the Arts and their experiences as arts leaders. The open discussion format allows participants to learn directly from leaders, ask challenging questions, and address critical issues. The discussions are structured to provide both a functional overview of the organization and insight into a variety of leadership approaches.

Career Support
Interns frequently arrange informational interviews with an individual staff member to gain a closer look into their role within the organization. Human Resources staff is available to review resumes and cover letters or to discuss career direction and advancement. It is also possible to arrange meetings with arts colleagues in the DC area according to participant interests.

Evaluation Process
Ongoing communication and evaluation is encouraged as a part of every experience at Americans for the Arts. Participants and supervisors also take a step back at key points during the term to assess time lines and measure progress. Intern coordinators are available throughout the term to address unexpected challenges, help bridge communication, or get over roadblocks. Exit interviews and final evaluations help us understand how we can improve the program.

Member Services
Interns receive a one-year base membership to Americans for the Arts. Benefits include legislative alerts, access to listservs, copies of member publications, bookstore discounts, research assistance, and invitations to member events.

Academic Support
Special arrangements can be made to accommodate academic degree requirements. Staff are available to meet or correspond with academic advisors, review mandatory assignments, and complete evaluations. Please include detailed program requirements in your application.

Americans for the Arts interns are paid on an hourly basis. Americans for the Arts will also work with the applicant’s school or program to make the internship fit criteria for academic credit or field placement experience.

Internship Semesters

  • Spring Internships (Posted mid-October)

10 weeks, part-time, 15-20 hours per week
Semester runs from January – April

  • Summer Internships (Posted mid-February)

10 weeks, full-time, 30 hours per week
Semester runs from June – August

  • Fall Internships (Posted mid-June)

10 weeks, part-time, 15-20 hours per week
Semester runs from September – December

How to Apply

All applications for the Internship Program must be submitted via our online portal. Upload your cover letter and resume while completing the online application.

If you experience technical difficulties with the online application system, please clear your browser’s cache and/or turn off your pop-up blocker application.

For questions, please contact the Internship Program Manager. We appreciate all responses, but due to the high volume of applications received, we can only contact those applicants whose qualifications best match the position requirements. Final decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship (DIAL) is seeking applicants traditionally untapped for arts leadership who are passionate about the arts ability to transform communities and are interested in a summer experiencing what it takes to lead and move an organization and community forward. Through our local, state, and regional partners, we are proud to launch the 27th year of the undergraduate internship – now with a national reach.

Artist Rep coming to MICA

Professional Studies to host Andrea Donadio…

Chicago-based artist representative Andrea Donadio will be joining Professional Strategies on Monday morning for a discussion about working with artist reps and commercial clients. All interested #MICAphoto students are welcome to join starting at 9am in M080. 

Call for Entries

MD photo exhibition with cash prizes, strong juror…short deadline

Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition –
Cumberland 2019
9 N. Centre St.
Cumberland, MD 21502


Event Dates: 4/6/19 – 4/27/19
Entry Deadline: 2/8/19
Days remaining to deadline: 10


Images – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6 
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6 
Total Media – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6 

Entry Fee (Allegany National Photographic Competition and Exhibition – Cumberland 2019 (up to two entries)): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $15.00

This 5th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition will meld the region’s rich concentration of photographic artists with an influx of national photographers in a juried competition for over $5000 in cash prizes. In previous years, artists from more than 35 states have submitted work to be juried. Typically, between 60-70 works are selected for exhibit in the exhibition. The 2019 juror is Dan Leers, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. The Public Opening & Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday, April 6, 2019,  from 6-8 pm. The exhibition will run from April 6 through Saturday, April 27.

Application Rrequirements and Restrictions
Maximum 6 entries per photographer. (No maximum per category.)
All artwork must be for sale, have been created by the submitting artist within the past three (3) years, and may not have been previously exhibited at the Allegany Arts Council’s Galleries.

Categories and Descriptions

Category 1: Color

Two-dimensional photographic works of art printed in color on any medium/substrate (paper, canvas, metal, etc.) and using any process (wet darkroom, computer, etc), max 48” in width, professionally presented and wired for hanging.

Category 2: Monochrome/Black and White

Two-dimensional photographic works of art printed in black and white or monochrome on any medium/substrate (paper, canvas, metal, etc.) and using any process (wet darkroom, computer, etc), max 48” in width, professionally presented and wired for hanging. 

Category 3: ExperimentalThree-dimensional artwork comprised of one or more of the artist’s photographic images. Texture on the surface of a two-dimensional image is not enough to include it in this category. The artwork can combine other media, but must be fundamentally photography-based. The work must be ready for display; free-standing, placed on a pedestal, or wired for hanging. Overall size may not exceed 48 inches in any dimension and weight may not exceed 30lbs. If needed, standard electrical AC power (60Hz, 120V) is available. To best represent the work, we encourage the artist to submit a short video under 5MB or a single image incorporating multiple views of the artwork. This category is about presenting photography in a non-traditional way.________

You may enter up to six works into this competition and there is no maximum per category. Be sure to check your Image Category Selector page to specify which of the three categories for which each image will be entered.

You may enter a single video for each experimental, multi-dimensional work submitted instead of a digital image. Each visual representation of your work you submit, whether a digital image or a video, will count as a single entry.

If you want to enter only one piece, you will be required to upload that same piece twice, both in your CaFE portfolio and in your entry application.  

$1500 for Best of Show
$800 for 1st Place Color
$800 for 1st Place Monochrome/Black & White
$800 for 1st Place Experimental
$400 for 2nd Place in each category
$200 for People’s Choice

The judge reserves the right to not present an award in any category if insufficient quantity or quality is in evidence. 

Important Dates                                                

Entry deadline               2/8/2019
Notifications                  3/1/2019     
Delivery by                    3/29/2019                      
Exhibition                      4/6/2019 – 4/27/2019 
Reception                     4/6/2019               
Pick-Up / Return           4/27/2019-5/1/2019

MICA Photo celebrates Black History Month

New work by Deyane Moses – Reception this Friday…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that a new show by Deyane Moses is currently on display in the Pinkard Gallery located in the Bunting Building. Deyane is a senior photography major and her work is an installation of portraits of African American students currently attending MICA, and the history of African Americans and their experience with MICA as an institution.

This exhibition will hold an opening reception this coming Friday, February 1, starting at 6PM. The opening coincides with the start of Black History Month, so please come and celebrate with the artist at the opening on Friday. Congratulations, Deyane!

In conjunction with the opening, we would like to invite individuals to contribute their voices to creating oral histories for the archive of the Maryland Institute Black Archives. This is an ongoing project so please share and contribute your story. Info below:


Kudos to  Rose Marie Cromwell!

Image courtesy of The New Yorker Magazine

MICA Photo would like to congratulate Rose Marie Cromwell on her recent photo essay in the New Yorker Magazine. Her photographs illustrate the article, “A New Vanguard of Women in Cuban Jazz”. See the link below for the article and beautiful photographs.

Paid internship opportunity

Hagerstown Museum seeks paid summer intern…

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD is now accepting applications for its paid summer internship. The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study.  The intern will conduct curatorial work to support art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities.

This is a paid summer internship.  The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000. Please follow the link for more information: 

Applications are due by Friday, April 5.