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
- Arts Education
- Arts Policy
- Leadership Alliances
- Research Services
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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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.