Arts Internship Program

View The Guidelines


A full list of guidelines for applying to the 2018 Arts Internship Program.

Overview


Each nonprofit performing, presenting or literary organization participating in the program is awarded a grant ranging from $4,300 – $5,800 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 amount of revenue for the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year).

The grant supports an intern’s salary for a ten-week period of employment between June 4, 2018 and August 24, 2018. All interns will be paid $5,300 for 10 weeks of work ($13.25 per hour, 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 for ten weeks. Organizations reserving positions for community college students will also be eligible for an additional $250 per reserved position to offset costs associated with recruitment.

What's New


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.

The Arts Commission has also transitioned its online grants system from GO Grants to Fluid Review. The portal provides a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. However, organizations will now submit a unique application for each internship position they are requesting. Applicants should allow extra time to familiarize themselves with the new system.

Summary of Allowable Requests and Awards

*Does not include $250 community college recruitment stipend for eligible organizations.

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 $5,800; max award $11,600* No match required; $500 stipend included $5,300
Budget over $500,000 and less than $1,500,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $5,300; max award $15,900* No match required $5,300
Budget from $1,500,000 to $4,000,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $4,800; max award $14,400* $500 cash match required per internship $5,300
Budget over $4,000,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $4,300; max award $12,900* $1,000 cash match required per internship $5,300