The Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students 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.
Thank you for your interest in our internship program!
Please note that the application deadline has passed and we are not currently accepting Fall 2016 Internship applications. We may re-open the Fall application process as needed, so if you missed the deadline, please continue to check this page periodically.
Otherwise we hope you apply in the Spring!
Future Internship Semesters
(Internship opportunities posted mid-October)
15-20 Hours per Week
(Internship opportunities posted mid-February)
30 Hours per Week
(Internship opportunities posted mid-June)
15-20 Hours per Week
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.
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 Coordinator. 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 two weeks after the application deadline.