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 p九龙高手水心论坛精选 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.

In-House Internship Opportunities (Work at Americans for the Arts!)

Thank you for your interest in our Internship Program!

Spring 2020 Internships

The application deadline for our Spring 2020 Internships has passed.  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 by November 25, 2019.

Summer 2020 Internships

Please check back in February for our Summer 2020 Internship postings!

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 can also work with the applicant’s school or program to make the internship fit criteria for academic credit or field placement experience in lieu of payment.

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.

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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.

Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Opportunities (Summer Only)

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 28th year of the undergraduate internship—now with a national reach. Locations include: Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City.

Learn More About the DIAL Program



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