• Priority Application Deadline
    • Final Application Deadline
    • Candidate Interviews
    • Candidates Informed of Status
    • Program
    • January 28, 2018
    • February 4, 2018
    • no later than March 16, 2018
    • no later than March 30, 2018
    • June 4–August 9, 2018 (includes orientation)





A link to the application form is available at the bottom of this page. Priority will be given to applicants who submit a completed application by January 28, 2018 11:59 p.m. The final date to apply is February 4, 2018 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be considered.


The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program is designed to promote and advance diversity in the field of arts management and thus seeks candidates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in arts leadership. In its review of candidates, ABC/NY will give preference to these applicants.

Eligible applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • be available for orientation scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2018
  • be available during the entire length of the program, Monday, June 4 to Thursday, August 9, 2018;
  • be currently enrolled as an undergraduate (the program is open to current college students who will have completed their freshman year by the beginning of the internship. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply; applications from college graduates and graduate students will not be accepted.); and
  • be able to provide Employment Eligibility Verification. Applicants must be able to provide (but do not need to include with application materials) EITHER one document from List A OR one document from List B, plus one document from List C. (If you can provide a document from List A, you do not need any documents from List B or List C.) (Click here to download a PDF of eligible documents).

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program was created to advance diversity in the arts management field and to build a pipeline of future arts leaders in New York City, as well as to provide opportunities for students considering both arts and business careers to learn about the business of the arts. Each summer, undergraduate students from diverse and generally underrepresented backgrounds are matched with host arts organizations in the five boroughs of New York City to complete challenging projects in areas such as marketing, public relations, fundraising, event management, audience development, and community outreach. The Arts & Business Council of New York matches undergraduate students with dynamic non-profit arts organizations and with corporate mentors who can guide their personal and professional growth.

Through the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program, students will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in arts management by working on projects that are designed to increase applicable skills, contacts, and future job prospects. Intern projects can be in marketing and communications, development and fundraising, event planning, audience development, community outreach, and more. 
  • Benefit from the experience and skills of arts and business professionals. Business mentors guide and advise the students throughout the internship, through regular meetings and conversations, and nurture an intern’s personal goals and interests. They provide insight into the business world, and demonstrate how individuals with varying careers and backgrounds can support the arts. Each intern's day-to-day arts host supervisor is an experienced and can also serve as a professional mentor.
  • Participate in conversations and skills-building workshops about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, career development, and professional networks.
  • Build a close network of peers who are also navigating a future career in arts management and have are interrested in the arts across disciplines.

The internship is an intensive 10-week program which includes full time work (Monday-Friday) with a New York City arts organization, opening and closing ceremonies, an opening orientation, group site visits, professional development, and cultural events at least twice per week in the evenings, and weekly communication and/or meet ups with your business mentor.

This program, which brings together participants from the arts and business sectors, facilitates arts-business partnerships through leadership development. Each intern gains valuable on-the-job training, learning opportunities, and networking specific to both the nonprofit arts sector and the business side of the arts.


All interns work for ten weeks, full-time, at their respective NYC arts organizations. Interns will begin their first day on the job immediately after the June 4, 2018 orientation, welcome ceremony, and breakfast (intern host supervisors and mentors are invited as well). Specific daily work schedules will be set by individual host organizations, but interns should expect to work full time, Monday through Friday.


During the program, all interns visit each host arts organization to learn more about the work of their peers and experience the mission, programming, and infrastructure of a broader cross-section of New York City arts organizations. Site visits may take the form of tours, performances, workshops, panel discussions with staff, or whatever the intern and host organization feel best conveys the mission and work of that organization. Each intern is responsible for planning and hosting his/her own site visit in collaboration with his/her supervisor. The site visits usually take place on weekday afternoons, but some may take place during evening hours.


ABC/NY will provide interns with monthly networking opportunities and workshops on career-related and diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.


Each summer, ABC/NY coordinates cultural outings. Interns are required to participate in these activities, which generally take place in the early evenings. Interns are also encouraged to independently arrange their own outings independently, with their mentor, and with their cohort members to enhance their learning experiences.


Interns will be expected to meet regularly with both host arts supervisors and business mentors to define, review, and evaluate project and personal goals.

Interns, host organizations, and mentors will each be required to complete mid-point check-in with ABC/NY staff as well as a final evaluation survey distributed by ABC/NY to assess the program.


Each intern will receive a stipend of $3,200, based on a full-time work schedule for the duration of the program’s ten weeks. Individual work and payment schedules are determined by the host organization and communicated to the intern prior to the start of the program. The intern will be subjected to the same personnel policies as the host organization’s staff.


ABC/NY will provide each intern with an allotment of MTA MetroCards to allow unlimited travel on NYC subways and buses for the duration of the program. Transportation to/from New York City is not provided.


Housing is not provided for interns. Interns are responsible for their housing arrangements and miscellaneous expenses for the duration of the internship. ABC/NY will provide a list of possible summer accommodations, but please note these have not been vetted nor endorsed by ABC/NY. Transportation to/from New York City is not provided, but you will receive MTA MetroCards for unlimited public transportation access throughout the 10-week internship.


Interns who wish to receive academic credit for their internships must make appropriate arrangements directly with their schools and inform ABC/NY of this arrangement before the program begins. At the student’s request, ABC/NY will provide any necessary support materials to show successful completion.


ABC/NY selects both interns and host organizations through a competitive application process. Typically, more than 100 students from around the country apply for 10-15 internship positions. ABC/NY matches students with host organizations based on students’ interests and experience/skills as they relate to the host organizations’ proposed projects.

A key feature of this program is ABC/NY’s requirement that each project be preparation for leadership, challenging, and substantive. Prospective host organizations also must apply for selection to the program and are required to submit a detailed description of a proposed project that will afford students hands-on exposure to the business of the arts.

Host organizations, representing a diverse cross-section of the New York City nonprofit arts community, are selected based upon the scope of their projects and the existence of a positive, supportive environment in which the intern can gain experience in arts management. Individual organizations and projects will vary each year. For a list of past host arts organizations, please visit the ABC/NY website at http://bit.ly/ABCNYhosts.

Priority will be given to applicants who submit a completed application by January 28, 2018. The final date to apply is February 4, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail about scheduling an interview with ABC/NY staff. Interviews will be conducted virtually via Google Hangouts.


Many of these may seem like no-brainers, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to ace the application process.

  • Click through the entire online application to get a sense of the application process and allot enough time to compete all essays and demographic information.
  • Double-check your spelling and grammar, and have at least one other person review your application.
  • As much as we want to help you along your career path, we also want to help the host arts organizations by providing them with interns who are ready to hit the ground running. Let us know what skills/capabilities you have that would be helpful to an arts organization.
  • Review last year’s intern projects via the website and keep those in mind as you’re convincing us what a terrific intern you would be. We don’t know yet what this year’s projects will be, but the kinds of work will be similar.
  • DON’T just tell us what you’ve done; DO tell us the results of what you’ve done.
  • DON’T just tell us what you think we want to hear; DO tell us what you think.
  • Your personal essay is the item on which you should focus the most attention and should be submitted in the "cover letter" section of the application.
  • Your essay and short answer questions should help us get a sense of who you are and why you’d be a great fit for this program, not only for the arts organization at which you might be placed, but also as a member of the intern class. Your credentials (general information on your school, work, and extracurricular activities) are what will get your foot in the door; your articulation in response to these questions is what will get you invited into the program.
  • We understand that letters of reference are not entirely under your control, so don’t stress unduly if they arrive after your other application materials.
  • Please don’t call or e-mail us to ask if we’ve received your application.
  • Please understand that we receive enough excellent applications to fill the available internship slots several times over. Our challenge is to find not just the best applicants, but the best matches—for the arts organizations, for the intern projects, and for the intern class as a whole. If you are not selected, it may not be because you aren’t good enough—you just may not be the right fit this time. And you can reapply, as long as you’re still an undergraduate.


E-mail Emma Osore at eosore@artsandbusiness-ny.org. Please, no calls.