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A full list of guidelines for applying to the 2020 Arts Internship Program.

What's New?


In recognition of the cross-sector nature of arts and culture work in the County, Arts and Culture has expanded eligibility for the Arts Internship Grant Program to non-arts organizations that were awarded a Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) in 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019. As with other eligible organizations, CIAG awardees will be required to propose an internship project that is rooted in its arts programming.

In keeping with rising minimum wage in Los Angeles County, student interns will be paid $6,000 for 400 hours ($15.00/hour) during summer 2020. Grant amounts to organizations will be increased accordingly.

Overview


Each organization participating in the program is awarded a grant ranging from $5,000 – $6,500 per intern. The amount an organization receives and the number of internship positions it may request support for depends on the applicant’s budget size (the total operating revenue less in-kind for the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year).

The grant supports an intern’s salary for 400 hours of employment between May 30, 2020 and August 30, 2020. Organizations choose the intern's start and end date within that period. A full-time (40-hour per week) position would last ten consecutive weeks. Organizations may modify that schedule if needed within the program time frame, but may not exceed 8 hours per day/40 hours per week without paying overtime.

All interns will be paid $6,000 for 400 hours of work ($15.00 per hour, or $600 for 40 hours per week). An additional stipend of $500 is awarded to organizations with budgets less than $500,000 to assist with administrative costs and any other additional expenses associated with hosting an intern.

Student Recruitment And Selection

NOTE: Funded organizations are responsible for recruiting and selecting a student who meets eligibility requirements for the program.

In 2017, the Board of Supervisors expanded the number of positions funded through the program as part of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII) in recognition of the unique role of workforce development opportunities like the Arts Internship Program in addressing continued disparities of equity and access to arts careers. The Board stipulated that the additional positions be reserved for community college students, emphasizing inclusivity of those from communities that experience barriers to arts access.

All organizations are encouraged to be inclusive in recruiting and hiring students of all backgrounds, including community college students.

Summary of Allowable Requests and Awards

Organizational Budget Size Allowable Number of Internships Award Amount Per Intern Cash Match or Added Stipend? Amount organization pays each intern
Budget under $500,000 One or two $6,500; max award $13,000 No match required; $500 stipend included $6,000 over 400 hours; $15.00/hour
Budget over $500,000 and less than $1,500,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $6,000; max award $18,000 No match required; No administrative stipend included $6,000 over 400 hours; $15.00/hour
Budget from $1,500,000 to $4,000,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $5,500; max award $16,500 $500 cash match required per internship $6,000 over 400 hours; $15.00/hour
Budget over $4,000,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $5,000; max award $15,000 $1,000 cash match required per internship $6,000 over 400 hours; $15.00/hour