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Opportunity for USA Undergraduate Students
to Join a Summer Internship in Arts Management

Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internship Program

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Americans for the Arts

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Deadline Date:

01/14/22 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for USA undergraduate students to join a summer internship in arts management. Internships will be held in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The program is intended for students with a strong interest in a career in arts management and a commitment to advancing cultural equity. Applicants should have a background underrepresented in arts leadership.

The applicant must apply via the application of their first-choice location (i.e. New York City, New Jersey, Nashville, Boston, Sarasota/Manatee, or Wake Country/Raleigh). Applicants have the option of being considered for any/all locations without completing another application.  Please note that by selecting additional locations, the applicant is consenting to be placed in any of the selected cities. Location preferences will not be taken into consideration.

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program (DIAL) is designed to influence equity in the arts leadership field, providing college students who have a career interest in arts, business, and community (social) change with a hands-on introduction to working in the non-profit arts sector. With a unique focus on creating more healthy, vibrant, and equitable arts ecosystems, intern participants are connected to an emerging arts community and a cohort of nonprofit arts organizational leaders, private sector mentors, and other cultural change practitioners. Together, they commit to continuous learning and advancing a more equitable arts ecosystem. Each summer, undergraduate students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are matched with host arts organizations in select national locations. Interns complete challenging projects in areas such as marketing, public relations, fundraising, event management, audience development, and community outreach. 

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 professionals. 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 arts 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 interested in the arts across disciplines.

The internship is an intensive 10-week program in a host location, which includes a four-day work week with a locally-based arts organizations, opening and closing ceremonies, orientations, group site visits, professional development, reflection sessions, opportunities to attend cultural events, and weekly communication and/or meet ups with mentors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200448

Number of Grants:

New York City (12 interns); New Jersey (5 interns); Nashville (5 interns); Boston (6 interns); Sarasota (5 interns); Raleigh – Wake County (5 interns)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each intern will receive a pre-tax stipend of $4,500 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.

Term of Contract:

Length of the program, June 6 to August 11, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be available during the entire length of the program, June 6 to August 11, 2022
- Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application.
- Be able to provide Employment Eligibility Verification.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Program Timeline:
- Intern Application Opens: December 3, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET
- Intern Virtual Information Session: December 10, 2021 3:00 p.m. ET
- Final Application Deadline: January 14, 2022 11:59 p.m. ET
- Candidate Interviews: No later than February 25, 2022
- Candidates Informed of Status: No later than March 18, 2022
- Intern Orientation: May 26, 2022 3:00 p.m. ET
- Program: June 6 to August 11, 2022

All interns work for ten weeks in their respective cities and at local arts organizations. Interns will begin their first day on the job after the June 6th, 2022 opening ceremony. Specific daily work schedules will be set by individual host organizations, but interns should expect to work generally Monday through Thursday (6.5 hour days plus one hour unpaid lunch and 4 paid hours of DIALogues time per week).


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